GBC NEWS

Friday 18 April 07:29

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% 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 an essay competition where they were asked to write 500 words on the subject of the UN’s Committee of 24 and the importance of Gibraltar’s participation in it.

Sumaya Acheddad is new Young GSD chairperson

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

The Young GSD has a new chairperson; 18-year-old business and economics student, Sumaya Acheddad, takes over from Jeremy Perez, who led the GSD Youth for the last year and is now at university. Sumaya has been an active member of the Young GSD and will be instrumental in organising participation within the community.

Policing the fishing dispute has been difficult, says Yome

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

The Commissioner of Police says policing the fishing dispute at sea has been ‘difficult’ for the RGP and that, after the '99 Fishing Agreement was removed ‘overnight’, the RGP has tried to provide a ‘proper platform and atmosphere’ out at sea.

'Inspectors' analysis should be free from political pressure'

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

The Lib-Dem MEP for Gibraltar Sir Graham Watson says it is now essential that the European Commission officials in charge of the report are able to complete their work without undue political pressure from the UK, Spain or elsewhere. The MEP says he’s delighted that the EU has finally got involved.

Conclusions will take months, says European Commission spokesperson

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

It will be months before the conclusions and recommendations resulting from the European Commission’s inspection of the Gibraltar frontier yesterday are announced. This was the assessment made by a spokesperson for the visiting delegation, who said there’s a lot of information for the Task Force to process now.

Woman sentenced to 20 months for stealing £56,300 from NP Estates

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

A woman has been sentenced to one year and eight months for stealing over 56 thousand pounds. 55-year-old Sheelagh Welsh pleaded guilty to one count of stealing money from NP Estates; a firm she worked for, for seven years.

WEEE bins introduced in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

Recycling bins for disposing of smaller items of electrical waste will be introduced today in several locations across Gibraltar. Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment bins will stand alongside the other recycling bins at six sites: Cloister Ramp, Moorish Castle Estate, Devil’s Tower Road, Waterport Road, Williams Way and Rosia Road.

Rajoy uses UN address to call for bilateral dialogue over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

In his address to the United Nations in the early hours of this morning, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy said Gibraltar is the only remaining colonial conflict in Europe, arguing that this continues to be problematic for Gibraltarians and those in the Campo. Addressing delegates in New York, he reiterated his call for the UK to enter bilateral dialogue.

Improvements to St Bernard's Hospital geared towards the disabled

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

A couple of improvements have been introduced to St Bernard’s Hospital, with the aim of helping disabled users of the Hospital. A lift and ramp have been installed to allow wheelchair access to the garden. Additionally, a “voice chip” has been added to the hospital lifts, to let the visually impaired know what floor they’re on, whether the lift is moving up or down, and when doors are opening or closing.

Gib Conservative MEPS call for early and clear EC statement on mission

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

For their part, Gibraltar’s Conservative MEPs have called on the European Commission to make an early and crystal clear public statement on the results of yesterday’s fact-finding mission. Giles Chichester, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling have asked that a statement on initial findings be made during next month’s European Parliament session which starts in Strasbourg on Monday.

Miss Gibraltar makes it to the Miss World finals

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

Maroua Kharbouch took the stage holding hands with Miss Spain at the Miss World finals today, having won the 'people's choice'. The pageant was won by Miss Philippines.

Telecoms company Shine opens to public

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

A new telecoms company, Shine, has opened to the public. The operator offers prepaid mobile and broadband services, and also has a license to offer fixed line and internet, which it may do in the future. Shine has invested millions of pounds on infrastructure, staff and a local data centre.

Barclays Wealth to stay in Gibraltar despite closing in 130 countries

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2013

Barclays Wealth will continue to serve Gibraltar despite an announcement today that Barclays PLC will stop offering Wealth Management Services in about 130 countries by 2016. The bank has said it will cut jobs across the board, in the unit, as part of an effort to reign in costs and boost profit.

GHA Open Board Meeting; new policies agreed on

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

A GHA Open Board meeting took place this afternoon at the Charles Hunt Room in the John Mackintosh Hall. A new policy, restricting photography, video recording and filming on Gibraltar Health Authority premises was officially accepted. The policy was first brought up in March of this year and will now be put into place.

Gibraltar provides EU inspectors with full co-operation

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

The team of EU inspectors that are investigating the Spanish frontier controls were briefed this morning by Government ministers and officials. The six-strong team arrived at 08:30 and met with around 30 officials in the air terminal. The Chief Minister told GBC that from the Government’s point of view this was an “access all areas” visit with Gibraltar providing full co-operation.

Bubble barriers installed at Gibdock

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

Gibdock has embarked on an innovative programme to install bubble barriers in each of the docks to prevent fish or any other marine species getting trapped. This follows concerns expressed by the Ministry for the Environment.

Opposition questions "another" Credit Finance Company

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

The Opposition is asking the Government for details of a UK Company which appears to have common directors to the Gibraltar Company, which it says received over 300 million pounds from the Gibraltar Savings Bank and loaned over 30 million to the owners of the Sunborn Hotel.

Government says Spanish comments on border controls are "nonsense"

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

The Government has reacted to comments made by the Spanish Minister for the Interior on Wednesday that the increased Spanish controls at the border have happened because Gibraltar does not tackle tobacco smuggling, tax evasion and money-laundering.

Unions push for dialogue, as Spanish workers lobby Commission visit

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2013

Spanish workers organisations today pitched demonstrations across the border, timed to coincide with the arrival of the European Commission inspectors. And Spanish unions, Comisiones Obreras and UGT, cross over to meet with Unite and the Chief Minister with a view to improving cross-border dialogue and easing tensions between both populations.

Six-man EC border task force will include European Fraud unit

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The European Commission Task Force carrying out the border inspection arrives today, and will include agents from OLAF, the Commission’s Fraud Investigation Team. The inspections will be carried out on both sides of the border, and will include meetings with police and customs officers, as well as Government officials from Spain and Gibraltar.

Oda relaxed about Cervantes Institute future

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Director of the Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar says he's been given no indication whatsoever that the Spanish Government is unhappy about the existence of the local branch. This follows the news that "Manos Limpias" has asked the Spanish Foreign Minister to close down the operation. Francisco Oda says there's a full educational and cultural programme lined up for the autumn.

GONHS concerned as fishing law change looms

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Ornithological and Natural History Society says its concerned at the prospect of the law changing to allow fishing with nets and raking, and has urged the Government to resist allowing any commercial fishing. The GONHS says any any such action could lead to a continuation of unregulated fishing, and enforcement would be difficult.

Cancer Relief Centre Officially Opened

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Cancer Relief Centre was officially opened last night. The centre has been open to patients since April but has now been officially opened by the Chief Minister.

ESG to raise Western Beach with European Commission team

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Environmental Safety Group says it will be requesting an audience with the visiting European Commission Team to appraise them of the environmental issues which people in the Bay face.

Frontier queue website gets 340,000 hits in August

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The frontier queue website recorded a total of 340,000 hits during August, an average of around 11,000 hits a day. Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia says the website has proven a useful tool for data collection, and revealed that the Government is looking at adding other functions.

European Commission awaits information on artificial reef

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The European Commission has said it will decide whether or not to open infringement proceedings on the artificial reef after it has heard back from the Gibraltarian and Spanish authorities on this. European Commission spokesperson, Olivier Bailly, was answering questions from journalists at a briefing in Brussels on Tuesday.

Miliband-Picardo meeting yields sovereignty reassurance

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Chief Minister has thanked many of Gibraltar’s supporters at the Labour Party conference, including party leader Ed Miliband who met with Fabian Picardo yesterday. Mr Picardo says Mr Miliband was clear about Gibraltar’s right to self-determination, as well as the reassurance that the UK would never discuss sovereignty unless it had the consent of the people of Gibraltar.

GSD ends Spanish conflict ceasefire

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Opposition has declared an end to its self-imposed summer ceasefire in order to enable the Government to deal with the conflict with Spain. Leader Daniel Feetham says the time has now come for the Opposition to step up its scrutiny of domestic issues.

RGP investigating fire at Gibtelecom site

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police is investigating a fire in the early hours of this morning which resulted in significant damage to a Gibtelecom site at Moorish Castle Estate. The fire has resulted in extensive damage to fixed line equipment, with customers at Keightley House affected. Engineers hope to restore services later today.

Spain sends Gib dossier to EU

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2013

The Spanish Government has told the European Union that one-third of Gibraltarians are making use of Spain's public services and infrastructure without paying any tax. The allegation is contained in a dossier sent to Brussels by Madrid, ahead of this week's frontier visit by EU experts.

International Gibraltar Dog Show 2013 winners

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2013

Over a thousand dogs took part in the 38th and 39th International Dog Shows this weekend. The event continues to increase in popularity with dogs from around the world showcased in what has become a globally recognised competition.

Manos Limpias calls for Cervantes Institute closure

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2013

Spanish right-wing public service union Manos Limpias has called for the closure of the Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar. The organisation notes that the main purpose of these institutes is to promote Spanish overseas, and concludes that by allowing one to be set up locally, the former PSOE Administration recognised Gibraltar as a foreign country.

Convent confirms further protest to Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2013

The Foreign Office has made another formal protest to Madrid after a Spanish state vessel attempted to exercise jurisdiction in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) on Saturday. A spokesperson said the Convent is aware of the unlawful incursion into BGTW by the Spanish Customs vessel Aguila IV, which attempted to intimidate and exercise jurisdiction over a pleasure craft.

Clean Up the World boost for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2013

Hundreds of Gibraltarians came together this weekend to take responsibility for the local environment. It is the ninth year that the global Clean Up the World movement has been supported on the Rock, organised by the Environmental Safety Group.

Extremists hold 'Gibraltar Español' demonstration at border

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2013

Some Gibraltarians were concerned to hear that supporters of the Spanish extreme nationalist movement, the Falange, had organised a demonstration on the Spanish side of the border on Sunday morning, but the small group of 15 people who convened there did so peacefully.

Freedom of the City Parade is last for outgoing Commanding Officer

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2013

On Saturday the Royal Gibraltar Regiment held a Freedom of the City Parade, celebrating the trust the people of Gibraltar have invested in the local army unit. In keeping with tradition, the Regiment marched down Main Street with its colours flying, bayonets fixed and drums beating.

Algarve - temporary home for Gibraltar's international football matches

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2013

The Gibraltar national squad will play its 'home' internationals in Estadio Algarve (Portugal). The stadium is about a four hour drive from Gibraltar, situated between Faro and Loulé. It has been chosen by the GFA because the Victoria Stadium does not meet UEFA standards.

Gibraltar club will play 2014 Champions League qualifiers

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2013

Two of Gibraltar’s football clubs will make their debuts in Europe’s top club competitions – the UEFA Champions League and the Europa Cup – in the summer of 2014. On Friday UEFA announced that the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) has been allocated one slot in each of the two prestigious and lucrative draws for the 2014/2015 season.

Seville Ayuntamiento distances itself from political poster

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2013

The Seville Ayuntamiento has distanced itself from a poster advertising a demonstration by a ‘recover Gibraltar’ platform – ‘Recuperemos Gibraltar’. The image features a young girl wearing a t-shirt that says “Gibraltar” above a Spanish flag, as well as the Seville city council’s logo.

Last Ceremony of the Keys for Sir Adrian

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

The Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, has taken part in his last Ceremony of the Keys on the Rock. The event was held at Casemates Square on Thursday evening. The event also recognised the achievement of Private Liam Downs from the Regiment, who was awarded a Mention In Despatches for his notable acts of courage whilst serving on Operational Tour in Afghanistan last year.

New stamps featuring endangered animals

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

The Philatelic Bureau has issued a set of stamps featuring Endangered Animals. This is the third set for the series, and includes six 42p stamps depicting the Asiatic Cheetah, African Penguin, Atlantic Bluefun Tuna, Chinese Alligator, Red-crowned Crane and Leatherback Sea Turtle.

Chief Minister to visit Labour Party

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

With armchair politicians across the UK shifting their gaze to the Labour Party Conference, the Chief Minister will leave Gibraltar on Sunday to attend the political event in Brighton. Fabian Picardo will look to discuss Gibraltar issues with Labour politicians before returning on Monday evening. Whilst he’s away, Joseph Garcia will act as Chief Minister.

GFA Team 54 Pillar Box unveiled

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

A pillar box on Line Wall Road has been given a very patriotic, football makeover. Doning the national red and white colours, the pillar box has been transformed into a very visual reminder for those posting letters, of Gibraltar’s pride for it’s Football Association and it’s achievement earlier this year.

Van introduced at frontier to scan vehicles for contraband

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

According to El Pais newspaper, the regional head of Customs in Andalucía, Jose Carlos Arobes, has introduced a special van which can scan vehicles for contraband. This scanner, dubbed Medusa, is expected to be used principally on cars and motorbikes leaving the Rock.

Guardia Civil Officer arrested on suspicion of facilitating smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

A Guardia Civil officer was reportedly arrested today, on suspicion of facilitating smuggling across the Gibratlar frontier. The officer has been remanded in custody.

Spain makes changes at frontier; Gibraltar Government will inform EC

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

With just a few days to go to the arrival of the European Commission’s delegation, the Spanish authorities have made changes to the way they deal with traffic leaving the Rock. They have cleared and cordoned off the area behind their customs check point for pedestrians, in order to use that area to search cars there. The Gibraltar Government will be highlighting the timing of this change to the European Commission.

Gibtelecom works in Willis's Road area

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

Gibtelecom will be carrying out further essential works tomorrow to upgrade its cable infrastructure in the Willis’s Road area. Between 8am and 6pm tomorrow, customers in the area will temporarily lose their fixed line telephone and internet service.

Man fined over a thousand pounds on tobacco charges

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

A man has been fined over a thousand pounds on tobacco-related charges today in the Magistrates’ Court. La Linea resident, Israel Weaving Parragues, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of 30 thousand cigarettes in a case dating back to June this year.

GSD meets with Unite district committee

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

Members of the GSD Opposition have met with the district committee of Unite the Union as part of their ongoing policy of outreach engagement with all members and sectors of the community.

VIDEO: Finance Centre attends Geneva conference

Author: GBC

Date: 20 September 2013

The Gibraltar Finance Centre has this week attended the Invest ’13 Conference in Geneva, which is considered an important meeting for the funds industry. Senior Finance Executives Michael Ashton and Philip Canessa were joined by representatives of the local Funds and Investment Association.

Picardo looks to formalise 'Privy Council' meetings

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2013

The Chief Minister has suggested formalising the procedure by which he briefs the Leader of the Opposition confidentially on matters of national importance. Fabian Picardo has been meeting Daniel Feetham to keep him abreast of the latest developments with Spain.

Number Six rejects de Benito description of 'Ad Hoc' formula

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2013

Number Six Convent Place says it doesn’t agree with Spain’s Secretary of State, Gonzalo de Benito, regarding the structure for Ad Hoc dialogue between Gibraltar, the UK and Spain. It says there is no question of a de-facto format which involves four parties.

Moratinos says crisis was 'avoidable and unnecessary'

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister at the time of the creation of the Tripartite Forum for Dialogue has defended the forum as well as his record on the Gibraltar question. In an opinion piece in El Mundo, the PSOE's Miguel Ángel Moratinos lists the benefits for Spain of the process, such as the payment by the UK of 37 million euros to former Spanish workers on the Rock and the agreement for joint use of Gibraltar's airport.

Sir James Dutton announced as new Governor

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2013

The New Governor of Gibraltar has been announced as Lieutenant-General Sir James Benjamin Dutton, a former Royal Marine. He will replace Sir Adrian Johns in December.

Spain should stop using Gibraltar as the excuse for its problems, says Lindsay Hoyle

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2013

The President of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Gibraltar Group says he understands the Foreign Office’s methodical” approach to the Gibraltar/Spain dispute, but asks “how long do you allow this to continue?” Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle told GBC he wants to see “the shortest route with the best result for Gibraltar”.

Picardo says video evidence key to Commission investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

The Chief Minister has told GBC he’s not worried about the European Commission giving notice to Spain about its visit to examine the frontier queues. Fabian Picardo believes the real value for the Commission will be the video evidence over the last few months.

Margallo once advocated turning Melilla into a Tax Haven

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, once advocated turning the Spanish enclave of Melilla into a Tax Haven, a policy which contrasts with his current persecution of Gibraltar’s economic model. In 1978, when Mr Margallo was just 34, he was a Congressman for Melilla representing the Union de Centro Democratico party.

Top prize for 12737

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

In Tuesday’s draw of the Gibraltar Government Lottery, the first prize of £100,000 went to ticket number 12737. The second prize of £10,000 went to ticket number 03170. And, the third prize of £5,000 went to ticket number 11083.

Increase in fake £10 notes

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

Police are warning people of an increase in fake Gibraltar ten pound notes in the last couple of weeks. The Royal Gibraltar Police advises the public to check notes probably, looking at the paper quality, metallic security thread and water mark.

Man in court 18 years after smuggling offence

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

A man charged with an offence that took place 18 years ago today made his first appearance in the Magistrates’ Court. La Linea resident Alberto Crespo Sanchez was arrested in July of 1995 on suspicion of smuggling tobacco by sea, together with three other suspects. He was released on police bail, but subsequently failed to appear.

Government says mental health should not be politicised

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

The Government says the issue of Mental Health should not be a political one, and ponders what happened to the GSD’s promise of ‘constructive policies’. The Opposition yesterday criticised the design of the Alzheimer and Dementia facility, which had boasted larger rooms than that of the mental health facility. But the Government says the GSD should inform itself before lashing out.

Gibraltar discussed at Liberal Democrat Party conference

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

Gibraltar was given a high profile at this year’s Liberal Democrat Party conference in Glasgow. The Deputy Chief Minister who had the opportunity to discuss Gibraltar related matters with the Deputy Prime Leader, Nick Clegg, says there was great awareness of the conflict and that he received numerous messages of support.

Picardo describes unregistered cross-frontier labour as fiscal fraud

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2013

The Chief Minister has urged Unite the Union to work with the Government to eradicate unregistered cross-frontier labour. Fabian Picardo said the Government estimates that up to one-third of those who cross the frontier each morning to work in Gibraltar are unregistered, arguing this is fiscal fraud.

World Alzheimer's month marked locally

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

September is World Alzheimer's Month and the local Alzheimer and Dementia Support Group is marking the occasion with a number of events. An awareness evening was held at the Eliott Hotel on Monday, with a tea party at the convent on Wednesday afternoon, among other activities.

Man appears before Magistrate's Court in relation to alleged robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

A local resident has appeared in court charged with robbery. Francisco Javier Lopez Coca of 32 Referendum House appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, after having been arrested by the Royal Gibraltar Police yesterday.

Local man charged with possession of a firearm

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

A local man has appeared in court today on charges of unlawful importation and possession of a firearm. 46 year old Alan Cruz appeared in the Magistrates’ Court today charged with importation and possession of an automatic pistol as well as the accompanying ammunition.

Action plan to fight money-laundering & financing terrorism

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

The Gibraltar Government has submitted an action plan to the UK parliament in which it effectively reaffirms its commitment to fight money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. The commitments aren’t new, but it is the first time they take the form of an action plan.

EU inspectors announce visit for Wednesday 25th

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

The EU Commission’s inspectors will visit the frontier next Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the European Commission has confirmed this was agreed by the EU President, Jose Barroso and the Spanish Premier, Mariano Rajoy. Their remit is to assess the border controls, free movement of people and goods, including fraud and smuggling.

£20 Churchill coins now available

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

A limited number of £20 Churchill silver coins are now available from the Treasury Department and from the Philatelic Bureau at the Main Street Post Office. The coins cost twenty five pounds and sales are limited to 10 per person.

63-year-old arrested for tobacco offences

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

A 63-year old local man has been arrested by Customs suspected of possessing an unlawful amount of tobacco. Customs Officers noticed suspicious activity in the Devil’s Tower Road area and a subsequent search of a car resulted in the find of 72 cartons of cigarettes concealed in the vehicle.

SDGG thanks everyone for National Day success

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group is thanking everyone who helped and contributed to make the National Day rally the spectacular success, it says, it undoubtedly was. It especially thanks the people of Gibraltar, adding the behaviour on the day served to show the guests that Gibraltarians always behave with dignity and respect.

GSD accuses Government of hypocrisy over mental health facility

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

The Opposition is accusing the Government of using the vulnerable in our society to try and score cheap political points. It believes the hypocrisy of its policies is evident, claiming two ministers from the same government can’t even seem to agree on what constitutes adequate facilities.

ABC claims Gibraltar Ministers to be investigated by Hacienda

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has told GBC he's not at all concerned by a report in right-wing Spanish newspaper ABC that claims the Spanish Government is to investigate him and his Ministers to see whether they comply with Spain's tax laws. The paper says the investigation will include the properties Ministers own in Spain, and will also look into the actions of Mr. Picardo's former Chambers, Hassans.

Unions in Gibraltar & Spain concerned about tensions

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2013

Unite and Spanish trade unions Comisiones Obreras and UGT have agreed to ask their respective governments for meetings to transmit their concern about the escalating conflict between Gibraltar and Spain. The unions say they’re concerned about the deteriorating relations and the repercussions on citizens and workers.

Improved Records Office at the Hospital

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2013

The Records Department at St. Bernard's Hospital has been relocated to more spacious premises within the building. The GHA says the old site on the ground floor was too small and the office has now been transferred to an area on the second floor.

Spanish delays on mutual legal assistance with Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2013

The Government has denied Spanish Press reports that Gibraltar is being difficult over a letter of Request for Assistance from Spain, as revenge for Spain’s stance at the frontier. The report claims it’s taken Gibraltar five months to reply to a request for information allegedly related to the investigation of the ‘Gurtel Case’ on political corruption. The date on the letter however proves that Gibraltar replied just over a month later.

Picardo thanks LibDems for support

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2013

The Chief Minister has thanked the UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, for personally making representations to Spain over its continuing campaign of hostility against Gibraltar. Fabian Picardo was hosting a reception at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow.

Cancer Research Relay: A 24 hour success story

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2013

The Cancer Research Relay came to a close at eleven o'clock on Sunday morning with very strong vibes of empathy, solidarity and community emanating from the Victoria Stadium throughout the night.

CITYPEG claims Spanish Government to support it against Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2013

Citypeg, which represents Spanish Workers in Gibraltar says the Spanish Government is to support its claims that Spanish Workers are discriminated against with Community Care and the Household Allowance.

Current Dispute: Short of Divine Intervention

Author: GBC

Date: 14 September 2013

The Association representing Spanish workers in Gibraltar, ASCTEG is calling on the Pope to intervene in the current dispute and to put an end to the delays at the frontier, which it says is making the lives of its members a misery.

Battle of Britain Commemorations: RAF unveils Rene Mouchotte Building

Author: GBC

Date: 14 September 2013

The Jaguar Building at RAF Gibraltar has been renamed the Rene Mouchotte Building as part of the Battle of Britain commemorations.

Garcia criticises Spain in Liberal International journal

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

Gibraltar has made the front page of INTERLIB, the journal of the Liberal International British Group. The edition includes an article by Dr Garcia, entitled, ‘Spain has turned its back on Gibraltar dialogue’.

VIDEO: Barroso talks of independent investigation of Gibraltar frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The President of the European Commission, Jose Barroso, has reiterated that a delegation will be visiting the Gibraltar frontier in the next two weeks to carry out an “independent and objective” investigation of Spain’s checks.

Macaque telemetry study results presented

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The preliminary results of the recent telemetry macaque monitoring programme have been presented. With five months of data obtained using cutting-edge technology, the study provides information about the monkeys’ home ranges, their sleeping sites and their urban incursions.

Calpe Conference underway

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The Calpe Conference 2013, which has "Caves as Archives" as its theme, is running from Saturday till Tuesday the 17th of this month.

Cameron stresses no longer fair to refer to overseas territories as tax havens

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

David Cameron has stressed that it is no longer fair to refer to any of the overseas territories, including Gibraltar, as tax havens, as they have all taken the necessary action on tax exchange, international tax co-operation and beneficial ownership.

Juan Verde denies advising Gibraltar Government

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

Juan Verde, who helped to coordinate Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, has denied press reports that he is advising the Gibraltar Government. This despite the fact that his company’s website states he’s an international consultant for the Government of Lithuania and Gibraltar.

Lidington says Gibraltar will make up its own mind on what EU referendum means

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The Minister for Europe David Lidington says that, regardless of whether or not Gibraltar is included in the In-Out referendum on the EU (which is yet to be determined), the UK should consult the Government of Gibraltar to fully understand its views.

Panorama claims UK has proposed talks this month with Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The Convent has neither confirmed nor denied that the UK has put formal proposals to Spain to initiate non-sovereignty talks regarding Gibraltar this month, as reported in today's Panorama. The newspaper quotes "external official sources" as saying that the talks would take place in a European capital acceptable to all sides, and would be based on the ad hoc formula advanced by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague last year.

Commons Leader says George Cross campaign will be seriously considered

Author: GBC

Date: 13 September 2013

The Leader of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Andrew Lansley, has said the campaign to award Gibraltar the George Cross will be given serious consideration. He was responding to a request from campaign supporter Oliver Colvile MP for a debate to demonstrate the House's support for Gibraltar.

Thumbs-up for George Cross campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

The Vice Chairman of the UK Parliamentary Group for the Royal Marines, Oliver Colville MP, has given a thumbs-up for the campaign to award Gibraltar the George Cross. He said Gibraltar has contributed to the defence of Britain for over 300 years and without doubt deserves the George Cross for its role in World War Two.

Government compiling further dossier of incidents in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

The Government is compiling a further dossier of incidents that Gibraltarians and other residents have suffered in Spain since the end of July and is appealing to the public to send in the details. It says these should include actual instances or threats of violence and aggression towards persons or property, including vehicles.

La Linea group discusses becoming part of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

A working group in La Linea has reportedly discussed how the troubled city might benefit if Gibraltar were to expand its territory to include La Linea so that its people may become British citizens.

Spanish MEP responds to Sir Graham Watson

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

A Spanish MEP has responded to Graham Watson's statement on National Day, in which Sir Graham called on the European Parliament to join him in expressing solidarity with the people of Gibraltar.

Calpe Rowing Club bids farewell to Governor and wife

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

The Calpe Rowing Club has already bid its fond farewells to the Governor and his wife. Sir Adrian and Lady Johns were the guests of honour at a reception last night which gave members an opportunity to say their goodbyes. The opportunity was also taken to Christen five new rowing boats.

Arrests for Class A drug offences

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

Officers of the Royal Gibraltar Police have arrested and charged two local men and a local woman for a number of drug offences.

No date yet for European Commission frontier visit

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

There's still no date for the visit by European Commission experts to the frontier. According to news agency Europa Press, Brussels is waiting for the Spanish Government to tell them when they may come. Thursday morning saw reported delays of up to four hours to enter Gibraltar.

GBC autumn schedule revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

GBC TV has revealed its schedule for the autumn; the schedule includes some new programmes and the return of others. On Thursday, the first instalment of a two-part documentary on the current tensions with Spain will air at 9pm.

Ashley Fox says gaming report holds promise

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2013

Ashley Fox says he hopes the European Commission will use the “good bits” from this week’s report on online gaming to progress EU law. The Conservative MEP for Gibraltar, who chaired the committee writing the report, has told GBC progress will have been made when the EU requires national regulators to talk to each other, and demands that addicts who are banned in one country are prevented from accessing gaming websites elsewhere in Europe.

Local man sentenced to seven years for multiple stabbing

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

A local man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a multiple stabbing that took place in 2011. 28-year-old Anthony Da Palma Costa was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The incident dates back to June 2011 when a stabbing in broad daylight left a man in his mid-twenties with serious injuries.

Literary Festival website and Miss World App launched

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

The Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival has launched its official festival website. By clicking onto gibraltarliteraryfestival.com, visitors can now buy tickets for this year’s festival and subscribe to the official e-zine containing all the latest news as well as information on authors and events taking place at the festival.

Garcia meets with Secretary General of Liberal International

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

The Secretary General of Liberal International met with the Deputy Chief Minister this morning to discuss the political developments that have affected Gibraltar in recent weeks. Dr Joseph Garcia briefed Emil Kirjas on the delays at the border generated by the Spanish Government.

Harassment legislation update

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

A proposed amendment to the Crimes and the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Acts will create two new offences: stalking, and stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress.

German MEP says Gibraltar leads in gaming standards & regulation

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

Gibraltar is a leader in standards and regulation when it comes to online gambling. This according to German MEP, Jurgen Creutzmann, who was involved in the report on online gambling prepared by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and adopted by the European Parliament.

Catalunya celebrates its National Day with human chain

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

Hundreds of thousands of people formed a human chain across Catalunya on Wednesday, stretching from the French border to the southern tip of the region, in the latest attempt to rally support for a historic break with Spain and the creation of an independent Catalan state.

Sir Graham Watson calls on EU to express solidarity with Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2013

The Liberal democrat MEP for Gibraltar, Sir Graham Watson called on the European Parliament on Tuesday to join him in expressing solidarity with the people of Gibraltar. His intervention in a debate on the rights of third country nationals to cross EU borders was met with hearty applause.

No progress on de-escalating war of words with Spain, says Cameron

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

David Cameron says the UK has not made any progress on de-escalating the war of words with Spain over Gibraltar. The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Monday that the UK should not only continue to defend “absolutely to the hilt” Gibraltar’s right to decide its own future, he said the UK also wants to see “good and strong relations” in the region as well.

'This must be the best National Day ever' says Baroness Hooper

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

Baroness Hooper says the Gibraltar identity has grown over the years, and this "must be the best National Day ever". It's clear from the sea of red and white at Casemates, she says, that Gibraltarians are a proud people. The President of the Friends of Gibraltar in London tells GBC Spain should realise how counterproductive their tactics at the border are; these actions, she says, just make the people of Gibraltar rally together.

VIDEO REPORT: David Cameron praises Gibraltarians' dignity in video message

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

David Cameron has sent a message of support for the people of Gibraltar on their National Day, praising the "enormous dignity" shown in the face of months of pressure from Spain. In a video message, the Prime Minister said the Government and people of Britain "stand with you now", calling for an end to the "unacceptable border delays" caused by the Spanish authorities.

Margallo irked by Cameron's National Day message

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister has accused the UK, and Prime Minister David Cameron, of contravening United Nations Resolutions. José Manuel García-Margallo was explaining in the Spanish Senate the Partido Popular Government’s strategy on Gibraltar. He argued that Mr. Cameron's National Day pledge not to negotiate on sovereignty without the consent of the people of Gibraltar infringes UN Resolutions that call for Gibraltar's decolonisation in accordance with the principle of territorial integrity.

Support from visiting dignitaries is overwhelming, says Licudi

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

Answering GBC questions, the Minister for Education, Justice and Telecommunications Gilbert Licudi QC said the visiting MPs and Chief Ministers are definitely NOT here on a jolly; he says nothing could be further from the truth. Mr Licudi says the amount of support for Gibraltar among UK politicians and leaders of the Overseas Territories is overwhelming.

'Hell will freeze over' before another flag flies in Gibraltar, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2013

Fabian Picardo started his National Day speech by thanking the Prime Minister on behalf of all Gibraltarians for his staunch support on this important day. He also thanked Gibraltarians for the dignity they have shown in recent months. The Chief Minister said: “Hell will freeze over before any other flags fly in Gibraltar that are not our flags".

Distressed La Linea fishermen rescued by RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2013

Two La Linea fishermen were rescued about 14 miles east of Gibraltar early this morning after the engine in their small fishing boat broke down. The Royal Gibraltar Police received a distress call at half past two and located the vessel about 90 minutes later.

GBC News launches mobile app

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2013

As of this morning, iPhone and iPad users can keep up with local news on the go with our free GBC News application. An Android version will also be available. The app, which may be downloaded from Apple's App Store, brings you the stories featured on GBC's website, updated in real time.

Four and a half hour frontier queues on Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2013

Motorists were made to wait up to four and a half hours to cross into Spain on Saturday. Motorists took to social media to complain that the traffic was practically at a standstill. At 1pm, there were six lanes of traffic reaching Devils Tower Road; at midnight, cars were still taking about an hour to cross.

GSD to celebrate Gibraltar's achievements on Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2013

The GSD says it would have preferred that National Day celebrations represented the reality of the new Constitution, rather than a representation of Spain’s view that we’re a still a colony. In a statement wishing the people of Gibraltar a happy National Day, the Opposition reiterates its view that following the 2006 Constitution, Gibraltar enjoys a maximum level of self-Government.

Gibraltar Music Festival a huge success

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2013

There was something for everyone in a hugely successful Gibraltar Music Festival on Saturday. The 12-hour extravaganza at the Victoria Stadium saw performances ranging from upcoming local bands to rock giants from the 1970s and 80s. Although there had been apprehensions beforehand because of the heightened political tensions with Spain this summer, in the end the Royal Gibraltar Police's confidence that the event would pass off peacefully proved well founded, with just one minor incident reported and two arrests.

Chief Minister welcomes OT Leaders to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2013

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, welcomed leaders of the British Overseas territories to Gibraltar on Sunday morning. They've been invited for the first time ever to attend Tuesday's National Day Rally and other events. On Monday afternoon they'll attend a pre-Joint Ministerial Council at Number Six Convent Place, in preparation for the meeting all the Overseas Territories Governments will have with the UK Government at the end of this year.

Clean Up The World 2013 plans underway

Author: GBC

Date: 06 September 2013

Plans for this year’s Clean Up the World Campaign are now underway, with over twenty team leaders having attended a major planning meeting this week. The yearly clean-up campaign is now in its 9th year locally, with organisers, the Environmental Safety Group, saying the interest and support from the community is as strong as ever.

Local dancer graduates at RAD

Author: GBC

Date: 06 September 2013

Local dancer Genyka Celecia has recently graduated this past July as a British registered Teacher in Classical Ballet, at the Royal Academy of Dance. The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations. It seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of dance by educating teachers to become professional dance practitioners.

Rajoy claims groundwork is laid for future dialogue over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 06 September 2013

The Spanish Premier, Mariano Rajoy, has confirmed to reporters at the G20 summit in St Petersburg that he’s met twice with Prime Minsiter David Cameron, and discussed the Gibraltar issue. According to news agency Europa Press, Mr Rajoy says the two leaders have laid the groundwork for future dialogue.

New extension to St. Joseph's School

Author: GBC

Date: 06 September 2013

An extension to St. Joseph’s first and middle schools was launched today. Six new classrooms and a hall will now be available for both schools to use. The extension will allow room for 2 new Libraries, a Design and Technology room, an Arts and Crafts space, new toilets and one large lunch hall. 4 of the new classrooms will be used by St. Jospeh’s Junior School, and 2 by the middle school.

'Anguished' Algeciras fisherman writes to Queen

Author: GBC

Date: 06 September 2013

An Algeciras fisherman has written to the Queen pleading for Gibraltar to dismantle the artificial reef, that he claims is depriving him from earning a living. Manuel Vázquez has posted his letter on a popular Spanish website that enables citizens to seek support for their cause. By this afternoon it had over 20 thousand signatures in support.

Costa welcomes Superbreak rise in Gibraltar bookings

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

UK tour operator Superbreak Holidays says Gibraltar has jumped from 15th to 10th position in its list of top selling destinations, and is now ahead of cities like Prague and Venice. The news has been welcomed by Tourism Minister Neil Costa.

King's College Choir in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Choir of ‘King’s College London’ are currently in Gibraltar to form part of the National Week celebrations. They performed at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned on Wednesday, with a second concert on Thursday evening at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

VIDEO: Sir Graham Watson meets European Commission President

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has met with the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, to discuss, not only the frontier delays but also the ‘hate speech’ that is being sown across the border.

Three months in prison for man convicted of wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

A locally resident man has been sentenced to three months in prison after being found guilty of unlawfully wounding a local woman. 37 year old Polish national Rafael Osowicz was convicted at a hearing in the Magistrates’ Court.

Number 6 reacts to Margallo's statements in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Government says the Spanish Foreign Minister’s statements are remarkable, untrue and a distortion aimed at further misleading the Spanish public about the reality of Gibraltar.

RGP prepared to keep the peace on National Day

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police is preparing for the biggest policing operation of the year on National Day. Due to the recent heightened tensions between Gibraltar and Spain, there are extra elements involved this year, with a recent augmentation of intelligence-gathering.

Parliamentary Association backs Gibraltar against Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has adopted a resolution supporting Gibraltar against harassment by Spain. The motion, presented at the 59th CPA conference in South Africa by Minister Samantha Sacramento, states that the political pressure by Spain, including the lengthy border queues and illegal incursions, is totally unacceptable, and must cease immediately.

Chief Minister: Nothing to fear from Ad Hoc talks with the UK & Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Chief Minister has told the people of Gibraltar they have nothing to fear from the ‘Ad Hoc’ talks with the UK and Spain. In a Ministerial Statement ahead of National Day, Mr Picardo says there is no question of Sovereignty being raised at these talks, and that they will be neither bilateral, nor quadrilateral.

Man arrested for anti Guardia Civil website

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

A British man has been arrested in Madrid on suspicion of being responsible for the webpage, which published images of Guardia Civil officers, asking people to picket against them.

New hybrid environmentally-friendly cars for Government

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Government has replaced five of its staff cars with new, environmentally-friendly hybrid cars, which run on a combination of electricity and fuel. The fleet was presented today at the Port by the Minister for Technical Services.

CM welcomes EY 'Back Home'

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The Chief Minister has welcomed Ernst and Young back to Gibraltar, and described it as a big boost for the local financial services industry. The global firm, which has rebranded itself as ‘EY’, says its here to stay. A welcome reception was held at Grand Battery this afternoon.

Gib Flag flying at full mast in Portsmouth

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

A Gibrltar flag is flying at full mast in the city of Portsmouth. According to the ‘Portsmouth Daily Times’, the flag will stay at full mast until Tuesday to show commemoration and support of the National Day of British Gibraltar.

EC rejects Margallo claims regarding frontier mission remit

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The European Commission's fact-finding mission this month will limit its investigation to frontier issues, despite Spain's demand that it extend its remit to other matters, like the sinking of concrete blocks by Gibraltar to create an artificial reef. Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly has made it clear the team of experts will focus only on frontier-related matters.

Spanish Tobacconists chief claims Gib smuggling funding terrorists

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2013

The latest calumny against Gibraltar has been uttered by the president of the Spanish Association of Tobacconists. Speaking at a conference in Madrid, Mario Espejo claimed that tobacco smuggling from Gibraltar is funding terrorist organisations like the IRA.

SDGG welcomes GSD attendance at National Day

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group has welcomed the GSD Opposition’s indication that it will attend the National Day Rally. However, it rejects the GSD’s view that the 2006 Constitution decolonised Gibraltar.

Garcia visits Frontier queue complaints counter

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, has visited the frontier queue complaints counter and the frontier monitoring control office.

Picardo meets Garzón in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

A spokesperson for Number Six has confirmed the Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzón met with the Chief Minister in Gibraltar at the weekend. He was reportedly visiting with his son and took the opportunity, while here, to experience first hand Gibraltar's reality.

Overseas Territories Leaders in Gibraltar for National Day

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

Leaders from Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falklands, Montserrat, Pitcairn and Turks and Caicos will arrive next week to celebrate National Day.

RGP investigating robbery appeal for witnesses

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

Police are on the lookout for two men in their early twenties after a robbery in the area of Devil’s Gap Steps this afternoon. Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should call New Mole House on 200 72500.

Government rejects Margallo's fishing remarks

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

The Gibraltar Government has rejected the suggestion by the Spanish Foreign Secretary that Gibraltar has now announced it will change its laws so that Spanish fishermen can fish in waters surrounding the Rock. Speaking before the Spanish Congress yesterday, Jose Maria Garcia Margallo said he welcomed the initiative as a gesture of goodwill from Gibraltar. However, Number Six says the proposal to change the law to allow sustainable fishing isn’t new.

Samantha Barrass is new FSC CEO

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission has announced the appointment of a new CEO joining in February 2014. Samantha Barrass will join the FSC from her current role as an Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority in England and Wales. She has also previously worked at the Financial Services Authority in a variety of regulatory roles.

Lidington warns Spain Gibraltar row may affect all Anglo-Spanish relations

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2013

Europe Minister David Lidington has warned Spain that the row over Gibraltar may overshadow all other parts of Anglo-Spanish relations. Mr. Lidington says there's clearly a risk the present situation will cloud the bilateral relationship.

SDGG Banner for National Day 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

“Gibraltar Wants Decolonisation, Now!” that’s the slogan on this year’s banner set up by the = Self Determination for Gibraltar Group. The banner will be on display at the Piazza, Monday to Saturday from 10 till 1pm in the lead up to National Day.

Margallo tells Parliament Gibraltar is damaging Spain's economy

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister spent almost one hour explaining his Government's position on Gibraltar before parliament on Tuesday. José Manuel García Margallo requested to appear before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee last month.

Chief Minister to take legal action against Manos Limpias

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

Fabian Picardo has instructed his solicitors to commence proceedings in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar against the Spanish right wing group Manos Limpias. Mr Picardo sought a withdrawal by Manos Limpias of the defamatory statement, but this had not happened and, in a statement, he now confirms he will be taking legal action.

Hague: 'Gib wants to stay British and that is the end of the matter'

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

The Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons that Gibraltar is British and wants to stay British, and for the Conservative government that is the end of the matter. William Hague said the Tories will never negotiate on sovereignty over the people of Gibraltar's heads.

Feetham to attend National Day Rally

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

The Leader of the Opposition is to attend the National Day Rally this year. Daniel Feetham says this is to highlight “the importance of solidarity among the people of Gibraltar” at a time when their rights as a people are under “particular threat”.

Union conference later this month

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

A conference discussing key industrial issues will take place later this month involving the Government and Unite the union. A range of issues relating to Gibraltar’s economy and labour market will be discussed throughout the two-day event.

Man in court for threat to kill

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

A locally resident man has appeared in court, charged with threatening to kill someone. Miguel Angel Sanchez Moreno was also charged with importation and possession of a prohibited weapon, and with carrying a samurai sword.

Clegg speaks to Spanish Deputy Prime Minister about Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg spoke to the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister in relation to Gibraltar, and reiterated the United Kingdom and Gibraltar’s commitment to ad hoc dialogue.

Commemorative coins for Household Cost Allowance beneficiaries

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2013

Two commemorative National Day coins are to be given to all those who are registered as beneficiaries to the Household Cost Allowance scheme run by Community Care Limited.

Sir Graham in Gib ahead of Barroso meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2013

Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson will be meeting with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso tomorrow to discuss what he describes as, the economic blockade of Gibraltar by Spain. Sir Graham has been in Gibraltar today meeting with the Cabinet at Number Six, gathering information which he will use for that meeting.

Gibraltar features in Private Eye

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2013

Gibraltar features in the most recent edition of the satirical magazine Private Eye. The late August issue pokes fun at the recent issues of the frontier border queues and in particular the Royal Navy ships who’s visit coincided with recent tensions.

Foreign Secretary issues statement to Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2013

The Foreign Secretary says the UK Government will take whatever action is necessary to protect Gibraltar. In a written ministerial statement to the UK Parliament, William Hagues says Spain's actions at the Gibraltar frontier are having a negative impact on the Rock's economic prosperity, affecting infrastructure projects and retail sales. He confirmed direct legal action remains an option, but that the UK will continue to work with Gibraltar to press Spain for a de-escalation of the situation.

New traffic management for motorcycles and bikes

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2013

Motorcycle and bicycle lanes will be moved to the southern side of the loop as from today. The Royal Gibraltar Police announced the alternative arrangements to better manage traffic in British Lines Road during periods of excessive frontier delays. The five motorcar lanes will now be immediately to the north of the motorcycle lane.

Spanish police union asks for support from Spain at frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2013

A union of Spanish police has asked for support from its central government for the officers who work at the Frontier. The Union Federal de Policia has also issued a complaint to the European police union Eurocop about the situation at the Frontier.

RGP calls for calm over proposed 'bike protest'

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police has asked the public to remain calm over reported plans by Spaniards to stage a protest involving hundreds of motorbikes across the frontier in support of Campo fishermen.

2/3 Spaniards 'support measures against Gib', says study

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2013

The majority of Spaniards support the measures being taken to put pressure on Gibraltar, according to a poll carried out by the 'Real Instituto Elcano'.

Music Festival timetable revealed; Paragon added

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2013

The timetable for performances at the Gibraltar Music Festival 2013 has been revealed. Local four piece band 'Paragon' will be performing on the Radio Gibraltar stage, after winning the Rock on the Rock Club's Battle of the Bands on Saturday night.

Power failure cuts fair festivities short

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2013

A two-hour power failure cut into the enjoyment at the Gibraltar Fair on Saturday night, as the rock was hit by a major blackout. Although most people had already left the fair by 3am anyway, a Battle-of-the-Bands event hosted by the Rock on the Rock Club had to be stopped until power was restored.

Maroua heads to Bali for Miss World 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2013

Miss Gibraltar Maroua Kjarbouch received a ministerial send-off from Steven Linares as she heads off to Indonesia for Miss World 2013.

Bunkering latest; incursion by Guardia Civil

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2013

The Convent has reported an incursion to London and Madrid. The incident happened on Thursday night when two Guardia Civil vessels sailed in and around the Western Anchorage in close proximity to several merchant ships. A Convent spokesman says there was no reported verbal or physical interaction between them but states the incursion was clearly unlawful.

VIDEO REPORT: Cameron pledges support for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2013

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has told the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, that the UK will always stand by Gibraltar, and the interests of the people on the Rock. In Friday’s bilateral meeting Mr Picardo thanked Mr Cameron, and Foreign Secretary William Hague, for being friends of Gibraltar. Our reporter Jonathan Sacramento was at Number Ten Downing Street.

VIDEO: Cameron again pledges support for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2013

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has told the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, that the UK will always stand by Gibraltar, and the interests of the people on the Rock. In today’s bilateral meeting Mr Picardo thanked Mr Cameron, and Foreign Secretary William Hague, for being friends of Gibraltar.

Picardo ahead of Cameron Meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2013

Mr Cameron and Mr Picardo walked in the White room in Ten Downing Street at around quarter past twelve UK time, and exchanged a few words before the press were asked to leave the room. Mr Cameron said the Britain would always stand by Gibraltar and the interest of the people of the Rock. He thanked the Chief Minister for having stayed on an extra day to meet with him.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Picardo / Cameron meeting moved to Friday as Syria Crisis deepens

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo’s meeting with the Prime Minister has been moved till Friday because of changes to David Cameron’s diary, related to the Parliamentary debate on Syria. The two are expected to meet at Downing street in the late morning. Mr Picardo will be meeting with Foreign Office officials today, and the Minister for Gaming, Albert Isola, has meetings at the Treasury.

Citizens Advice Bureau young people advice

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau is offering advice to young people who are leaving home to start their student life at university. The Bureau points out this exciting time can be accompanied by anxieties, worries and concerns. It says studying is part of a process of change and that change can sometimes cause a lot of stress.

Tax experts issue Bunkering Report

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

Tax experts in Spain have pointed out that Gibraltar buys its tobacco and bunkering fuel from Spain. They therefore describe the situation as one of great hypocrisy and cynicism, and are asking the Government to stop Spanish firms selling bunkering fuel to Gibraltar companies.

Beer Festival Tonight

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

Tonight see’s the 8th annual Gibraltar Beer Festival and organisers are saying it’ll be the biggest one yet. There will be a variety of beers on offer and live music to add to the ambiance at the Bayside Sports Complex.

HMG Treasury meeting - Isola reveals September gaming talks

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

Representatives from the UK Treasury and the Department for Culture Media and Sport will be coordinating a meeting with the Gibraltar Gaming Association in September to discuss the UK’s plans to tax gaming at source. This has been revealed following meetings between Treasury officials and the Gibraltar Government today. Gaming Minister Albert Isola says he’s pleased with the progress of discussions.

Gibraltar MEPs condemn Spanish trade ban

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

The three conservative MEPs representing Gibraltar have reacted angrily to the news that Spain has banned exports of building materials to the Rock. Giles Chichester, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling have described the move as illegal and illogical, saying it will harm Spanish citizens more than Gibraltarians.

Manos Limpias file complaint against Mayor of La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

The right leaning Spanish Public Services Trade Union, Manos Limpias, has filed a legal complaint against the Mayor of La Linea and a member of her cabinet, Susana Perez. The Union, which earlier this month said it would legally challenge the Chief Minister and the Governor, is now accusing the La Linea politicians of dereliction of duties. The Union claims they have not defended the fishermen’s interests and have instead taken Gibraltar’s side in the conflict.

Goldilocks of Love

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2013

The Chief Minister’s wife has cut 12 inches off her hair to donate it to the International charity, ‘Locks of Love.” The non-profit making organisation provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

Cañete appears before Congress

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2013

The Spanish Minister for the Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete will appear before a select committee in Congress on Wednesday. Mr Cañete, who’s asked to address the Committee, says he wants to explain the truth about the bunkering that takes place around Gibraltar and the monitoring of the special area of conservation designated to Spain, the Estrecho Oriental. The Minister will also be giving details of his links to companies that supply bunkers in the Strait.

Chief Minister reacts to FCO meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2013

This evening the Chief Minister has described the meeting as positive and collegiate. Fabian Picardo says William Hague has long been a good and close friend of Gibraltar. He adds he reaffirmed the UK’s Government commitment to the Rock and its people during the course of the meeting which lasted over an hour.

Alleged Frontier incident amid tensions Wednesday afternoon; RGP issue statement

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2013

A small number of missiles were, allegedly, thrown at Guardia Civil officers on duty at the frontier on Wednesday. According to an unofficial report from the Guardia Civil to the Royal Gibraltar Police, the incident took place at the peak of extensive queues to exit Gibraltar, which at their height reached four hours.

Guardia Civil confirms no more cement blocks

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2013

The Director General of the Guardia Civil has warned the fishermen that they will have to do what the Spanish Government determines. This follows threats from the fishermen that they will remove the cement blocks in Gibraltar Waters themselves.

Chief Minister meets Foreign Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2013

The Chief Minister has met the Foreign Secretary William Hague in London this morning. The Foreign Office says the visit reaffirms the strong bonds between the UK and Gibraltar and the UK’s commitment to stand by the people of Gibraltar. It adds Fabian Picardo’s visit provides an opportunity for a series of detailed meetings on issues including the unacceptable delays at the frontier. Today’s meeting will undoubtedly cover the groundwork for another tomorrow at 10 Downing Street.

VIDEO - European Commission announces border task group

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

The European Commission has announced the members of the task group who will be investigating border queues between Gibraltar and Spain. The group will be headed by Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs. As an MEP for Sweden, she has previously served on European committees for Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, and Security and Defence.

King's College London Choir performing in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

The Choir of King’s College London will be visiting Gibraltar next month. Known as one of the leading University choirs in England, they will be performing at both Cathedrals during National Week. The Choir, consisting of 25 choral scholars and two organ scholars, is directed by College organist David Trendell, who has directed the choir for over 20 years.

EY return to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

Ernst & Young Global Limited will be establishing a new member firm in Gibraltar. It follows discussions between the directors of Baker Tilly Gibraltar. Five directors, together with their assurance and tax services personnel, will transfer their services to EY. Subject to final approval from the Financial Services Commission, EY will commence trading in Gibraltar next month.

Hollie Buhagiar, This Side Up and MetroMotel to take main stage at Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

Hollie Buhagiar, This Side Up and MetroMotel are the three local acts who will perform on the main stage at the upcoming Gibraltar Music Festival.

Two local men charged with arson

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

Two men have appeared before the Magistrates’ Court charged with Arson. 20 year Ryan Cattini of 27 Ince House and 28 year old Peter Macias of Road to the Lines were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Picardo flies to London for talks with Cameron and Hague

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2013

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo travels to London today to discuss Spain's abuses, and the threats of further action from the Spanish Foreign Minister, with the Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Picardo quells Spanish media 'bilateral' talk

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2013

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has moved to quell reports in the Spanish media that the Gibraltar Government has agreed to bilateral talks. Gibraltar has made the front pages of all national Spanish newspapers this weekend, with El Pais suggesting that bilateral talks, or 'quadrilateral' talks involving the Junta de Andalucia, have been agreed to.

Fair kicks off with Miss Gib opening

Author: GBC

Date: 24 August 2013

The Gibraltar fair was officially opened on Saturday evening with Miss Gibraltar 2013, Maroua Kharbouch, joining the Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, Culture Ministry Staff, and SDGG spokesman 'Forti' Azopardi. The fair this year has moved to a new venue at former Naval Ground car park, and will run for a week.

New Margallo focus group to tighten the screw on Gibraltar 'next week'

Author: GBC

Date: 24 August 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister will be announcing plans for an inter-ministerial focus group aimed at tightening the screw on Gibraltar in every way possible. He is expected to announce his plans next Friday, following the first post-summer cabinet meeting.

Spanish blockade on trucks carrying rocks to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 24 August 2013

The Spanish Interior Ministry on Saturday announced a blockade on trucks carrying rocks into Gibraltar, according to news agency Europa Press. Earlier this week, the Ministry said it would block all trucks carrying sand across the border following a complaint from environmentalists that the sand was coming from dunes in Tarifa.

Man in critical condition after fall from top storey flat

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2013

A local man is in a critical condition after suffering a fall from a top storey flat in Laguna Estate. The man was transferred to St Bernard’s Hospital, and the RGP is investigating the circumstance.

Spanish flag in reef photo

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2013

A photo of a diver holding a Spanish flag by a concrete block has caused outrage within social networking sites. GBC has been unable to verify whether the photograph is genuine or whether it has been in fact been taken in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Guardia Civil incursion near concrete blocks

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2013

There’s been an incursion by Guardia Civil divers this afternoon, who have measured the concrete blocks sunk by the runway. The incident has been reported to London and Madrid for consideration of the appropriate follow-up action.

Gibtelecom Student Degree Programme

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2013

Gibtelecom is recruiting for a new degree programme, which could see students having careers guaranteed with the company, and bursaries of a thousand pounds a term paid to them. Successful applicants could also have guaranteed summer jobs, and a ‘golden handshake’ of six thousand pounds if they get a 2:1 degree.

Government bill on sustainable fishing in October

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2013

The Government intends to present a Bill before Parliament in October that will enable sustainable fishing to take place in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. The commitment is contained in a Government statement reiterating its position on fishing, and expressing its willingness to take part in ad hoc dialogue, in parallel with Tripartite Talks.

Three and a half years in prison for local man on drugs charges

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

A local man will serve a total of 3 years and 6 months in prison, on charges relating to class A drugs among others. 25 year-old Troy Olivero was sentenced today in the Supreme Court.

Ivor Lopez to be next CO of Royal Gibraltar Regiment

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

It's been announced that the next Commanding Officer of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment will be Major Ivor Lopez. A notice in today's Gazette says the Governor has approved Major Lopez's promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and his appointment as Commanding Officer as from the 21st September 2013.

Additional parking spaces

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

The East Side Reclamation Holding Area will be adapted as a temporary car park for beach users this weekend. As from Saturday the area will open as a car park, managed by Highways Enforcement Officers who will be in site to direct vehicles into designated parking areas.

Brussels receives around a hundred complaints regarding delays at frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

The European Commission has received around a hundred complaints from people of various nationalities, regardings delays at the frontier. A spokesman for the Commission has said they receive thousands of complaints a year from across the EU, and that all these are looked at and replied to, even though he would not say in what time frame.

Chelsea Restaurant, Brinkley's, boycotts Spanish wines

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

According to the Daily Mail the row between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar has just turned serious. The popular Chelsea Restaurant, Brinkley's is taking its best-selling Spanish wine off the menu. The paper claims that with customers glugging a thousand cases of the 24-pound-a-bottle plonk, a year, the action is not to be sniffed at.

Feeling the pinch; La Linea Mayor to claim compensation from Central Government

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

The PSOE Opposition in Spain has warned the Spanish central government that if it does not tone down the rhetoric regarding its conflict with Gibraltar, a solution will not be possible. For her part, the Mayor of La Linea has opened a citizens advice bureau to deal with complaints from the business sector, which she claims is suffering losses.

4 percent overall rise in GCSE pass rates

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

English GCSE pass rates at Westside School are up by a remarkable 26% from last year. And Bayside school has registered a 5% rise in their overall pass rate, with a particularly good performance in Geography. At the Gibraltar College, 70% of students passed GCE English.

HMS Westminster leaves

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2013

The frigate that was here for three days as part of a Royal Navy Task Force has left Gibraltar.HMS Westminster is taking part in the international training exercise Cougar 13, which aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the UK’s maritime forces.

Spain orders frontier blockade of 'illegal sand'

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

Spain’s Interior Ministry has ordered a blockade of delivery of sand to Gibraltar. This follows a complaint made last month by environmental groups that the sand had been sold illegally and sourced from dunes in Tarifa. According to news agency Europa Press, the order to block the transports of sand has been made by Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

Number Six and FCO reject Margallo's statement on bilateral discussions

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

Both the Gibraltar Government and the Foreign Office have rejected the suggestion from Mr Margallo that the UK and Spain had agreed to discuss Gibraltar Bilaterally. At a press conference following the Brussels meeting of Foreign Office Ministers, Mr Margallo is quoted as saying that the UK and Spain had agreed to bilateral discussions in April 2012, and was calling on the UK to honour that agreement. However, in the letter, William Hague proposes an alternative to bilateral, trilateral or quadrilateral talks, namely a series of “ad hoc” meetings which the Foreign Secretary and the Chief Minister have referred to since then, but which Spain have not accepted until this week.

Annual Cardboard Boat Race this Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

Saturday morning will see the annual Cardboard Boat Race. The event will begin at Casemates Square at 10.30 followed by a procession down to Ocean Village. The entry fee is £25 for an adult owned boat and £10 for under-14s and there’ll be prizes for first second and third in each category.

Final preparations for Gibraltar Fair

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

The organisers promise a varied programme of entertainment and attractions for all ages. With the decision taken to bring the fair forward so it doesn’t clash with the start of school, this year’s Fair opens on Saturday and runs till Sunday the 1st of September.

'No-one should underestimate our determination to stand with the people of Gibraltar' says William Hague

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has reiterated that Spanish controls at the Gibraltar frontier are disproportionate and politically-motivated. He's also warned that no-one should underestimate the British Government's determination to stand with the people of Gibraltar.

Government sets up new border complaints system

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

The Government is encouraging citizens to use a new complaints procedure for border queues, which is being used to provide accurate statistics to the European Commission, and if necessary, to prepare a court case.

Landaluce wades into troubled sand

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2013

The Mayor of Algeciras, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, has launched a veiled attack on the Tarifa authorities as well as Gibraltar’s reclamation projects, by suggesting he would have ‘killed’ to protect his sand, if he thought it was being exported from his city.

Margallo objects to concrete blocks

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister has said the "issue of most immediate concern" for Spain in relation to Gibraltar is the sinking of 70 concrete blocks to create an artificial reef. In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, José Manuel García Margallo urges a return to bilateral talks with the UK, but suggests that before any can take place the UK would have to show that it intends to undo the damage that has already been caused.

MacShane - Cameron is just 'escalating row'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

Former Europe Minister Dennis MacShane has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for ‘escalating’ the row over Spain with a call to European Commission President Jose Barroso.

3rd Gibraltar International Junior Chess Festival comes to a close

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

The 3rd Gibraltar International Junior Chess Festival came to a close last night with a closing Gala Dinner and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Caleta Hotel. It was the culmination of a 3-day tournament for young chess players both local and from abroad. Nearly 90 children participated in the competition, including 5 local juniors. 30 of them received cash prizes.

Cameron says 'no' to sovereignty talks on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

The news agency Reuters is reporting that the UK has rejected Spain's proposal for bilateral talks on Sovereignty. It notes the Spanish Foreign Minister's appeal for such dialogue in the Wall Street Journal but quotes a spokeswoman from Number Ten Downing Street as saying that London would not enter into any talks on the subject.

Two Senior Executives hired in Financial Services

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

The Government has hired two Senior Executives in Financial Services. Victor Galliano will be based at Gibraltar House in London and Philip Canessa will be working on the Rock, exclusively with the promotion of funds and investment Services.

"Thumbs Up for Gibraltar" campaign launched

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2013

A campaign to award the people of Gibraltar the George Cross has been launched. The Equality Rights Group, in partnership with the Plymouth and Southwest England Friends of Gibraltar Group, have announced the start of "Thumbs Up for Gibraltar".

Julie Girling - 'I won't be shut up by Spanish Trolls'

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

Conservative MEP Julie Girling says she's confident that the European Commission genuinely wants the current row over Gibraltar to de-escalate, but believes the Commission shouldn’t reveal the dates of its visit to inspect the border queues. Mrs Girling, who has been the victim of abuse on Twitter, says she will be not be shut up by Spanish bullies.

HMS Westminster arrives in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

Part of a Royal Navy task force, including the frigate HMS Westminster, has arrived at Gibraltar today, on its way to a pre-planned, annual exercise in the Mediterranean. Cougar 13 aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the UK’s maritime force.

EU tells Spain an entry toll into Gibraltar is illegal

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has told Mariano Rajoy to respect European Union Legislation. He advocates dialogue between Britain and Spain and has indicated that an entry toll into Gibraltar would be illegal.

Bird strike delays Monarch flight

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

A Monarch flight was late leaving Gibraltar on Sunday due to a bird strike on landing. The plane was inspected by an Engineer who declared it ‘Fit to Fly’.

Two sexual assault cases in Magistrates' Court

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

Two men have appeared in the Magistrates’ Court on sexual assault charges, in two separate cases. Dylan Oton, of 27 Anderson House, was charged with one count of sexual assault, while in a separate case, Moroccan resident Mohamed Chamsi was also charged with one count of sexual assault.

Spanish fishermen threaten further action

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

The Spanish fishermen are threatening further action after Sunday’s protest over the artificial reef built by Gibraltar in the waters off the runway.

Music Festival Main Stage competition for local acts

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

Seven local acts are competing for three places on the Main Stage at the Gibraltar Music Festival, with phone numbers now available for you to vote for your favourites. The acts are: Hollie Buhagiar, Headwires, MetroMotel, Paragon, Adrian Pisarello, Surianne and This Side Up.

Not guilty verdict in Supreme Court theft and burglary case

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

49 year old local man Kenneth Paul Llambias has been found not guilty of theft and burglary, in the Supreme Court trial of a case dating back to April 2011.

Manos Limpias denounces Governor and Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2013

Spanish public services trade union "Manos Limpias" has filed a legal complaint in the European Union against the Governor and the Chief Minister over the creation of the artificial reef. It accuses Fabian Picardo of an environmental crime by ordering the sinking of 70 concrete blocks to construct the reef, and Sir Adrian Johns of being his collaborator and accomplice.

Spanish fishermen's protest passes without incident [VIDEO REPORT]

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2013

Over thirty Spanish fishermen showed up at the waters off the North Mole on Sunday morning for a demonstration against the artificial reef constructed by Gibraltar. A tense stand-off ensued, but the demonstration, which ended at around midday, passed without serious incident.

Government & Opposition applaud local agencies for professionalism at protest

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2013

The Gibraltar Government has acknowledged the excellent work of the Royal Gibraltar Police in dealing “professionally and calmly” with Sunday's demonstration by Spanish fishermen, with the GSD Opposition has also congratulating all those involved in managing the demonstration.

'I wouldn't remove reef under pressure from Spain'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 August 2013

The Leader of the Opposition has said he would not remove the reef under any pressure from the Spanish Government. However, Daniel Feetham would not rule out its removal if it was part of a reasonable solution that guarantees the security and stability of Gibraltar and its territorial waters.

Spain complains to London about Eastside Project

Author: GBC

Date: 17 August 2013

The Spanish government has made a formal complaint to the UK about the Eastside Project, urging Britain to intervene and halt an expansion on the east side of the Rock. Moncloa argues any such development is incompatible with the Treaty of Utrecht and shouldn’t be allowed.

Rajoy to speak to Barroso about Gibraltar frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 17 August 2013

Spanish Premier, Mariano Rajoy, is set to speak to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, about Gibraltar after the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, called for the European Union to urgently send observers to the Gibraltar frontier to witness Spain’s “disproportionate” controls.

Spanish fishermen plan peaceful protest over artificial reef

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Fishermen from La Línea and Algeciras are planning a peaceful protest in the waters where concrete blocks were sunk by the Gibraltar government in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters near the runway recently to create an artificial reef. Reports suggest they intend to sail to the area at 10am on Sunday.

Publication of draft Gaming Legislation

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

The UK Treasury has published a summary of the draft of the proposed taxation legislation on remote gaming together with a first draft of the proposed taxation legislation. Online betting companies based in Gibraltar will be hit with a new levy aimed to raise £300m for the UK taxpayer.

Cameron asks Barroso to urgently send EU team to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

David Cameron has asked the EU to "urgently" send a team to Gibraltar "to gather evidence" on extra border checks at the centre of a growing row with Spain. The Prime Minister spoke to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to raise "serious concerns" that Spain's actions are "politically motivated and contrary to the EU right of free movement.

Prince George commemorative stamp issued

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Gibraltar and its stamps will again make history with an issue of the first ever official stamp, approved by Buckingham Palace, to feature Prince George of Cambridge.

Gibraltar-registered car burns in La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Policia Nacional in La Linea are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident in which a Gibraltar-registered car burnt in broad daylight yesterday afternoon. The car's owners, a Gibraltarian couple, parked their twenty thousand pound Land Rover close to the sports complex several hundred metres from the frontier.

Margallo to address Spanish Parliament on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, will appear in the Spanish Parliament in the first half of September to explain the situation with Gibraltar.

Shellfish fisheries not in Gibraltar waters on Junta de Andalucia map

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Maps on the Junta de Andalucia's official website show that shellfish fisheries designated by Spain in the Bay of Gibraltar clearly respect the boundaries of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. This has been revealed by the Chronicle, which says they cast doubt on Spain's claim that it is acting to protect the interests of Spanish fishermen.

Spain defends Galician floating fuel station against bunkering criticism

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

The Spanish government has defended a floating fuel station in Galicia against criticism, with the Minister for the Environment insisting it’s “very different” to the Gibraltarian bunkering industry Spain has objected to.

GFA announces new Council

Author: GBC

Date: 16 August 2013

Desmond Reoch is the President of the new Gibraltar Football Association Council, following elections at last night’s AGM. Michael Llamas QC has been appointed as Vice President, with Richard Chellaram as Treasurer.

Spain rejects latest UK protest

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

The Spanish Government has rejected the latest UK protest regarding the frontier checks, insisting that they're legal and inalienable. It's also claimed that the checks are being carried out in a professional and proportionate manner despite the "provocation" that some Spanish policemen and civil guards are being subjected to on Gibraltar websites.

Decline in top AS and A Level grades

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

There’s been a decline in top A* to B grades in this year's AS and A-Levels. The individual pass rate for Bayside School is below last year's at 94%, Westside School remains the same at 96% and at the Gibraltar College, there has been a dip from last year at 88%.

Julie Girling "trolled" online after call for Spain holiday boycott

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

Conservative MEP for Gibraltar, Julie Girling has vowed to continue standing up for the Rock, despite having been the victim of vicious abuse from Spanish Internet trolls.

PSOE hopes anti-bunkering measures don't affect Ceuta

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

The PSOE Opposition in Ceuta is calling on the Spanish Premier to ensure that any measures it takes against Gibraltar and its bunkering trade does not have a negative effect on Ceuta, which has been trying to develop this activity for years.

More Guardia Civil officers posted at Frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

The number of Guardia Civil Officers at the Frontier has been increased and GBC understands more officers from the Policia Nacional are also due to be posted. Thursday morning has seen delays of over two hours for hundreds looking to cross into Gibraltar.

Spanish association files legal complaint against Gibraltar Ministers

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2013

An association of professionals and lawyers based in Granada has filed a criminal complaint in the La Línea courts against the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, and the other members of his Government.

3rd Junior Chess Festival starts Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

The 3rd Gibraltar Junior International Chess festival opens at the Caleta Hotel on Thursday. The festival will see nearly 90 participants from around the world compete until Monday.

Competition to select images for Lottery tickets

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

The Ministry of Finance and the Gibraltar Photographic Society is organising a competition to select images to be used for Gibraltar Government Lottery tickets. The intention is to use the winning selection of photographs for the next series of draws.

Llanito comedy "El Siege" tickets go on sale

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

The latest Llanito comedy from Santos Productions is coming to the John Mackintosh Hall later this month, with tickets now on sale. “El Siege” is set in the 18th Century and pokes fun at the Rock’s history.

Spanish Foreign Affairs Director says frontier is not political tool

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

Spain’s Director General for Foreign Affairs has said that the Gibraltar frontier is not being used as a political tool, arguing instead that the recent frontier delays are a result of a “big increase” in smuggling across the border.

Convent presents cheque to Cancer Relief Centre

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

A cheque for £6,200 has been presented to the Cancer Relief Centre by Lady Susie Johns. The money was raised at the Convent Open Day in June, which was attended by over a thousand people.

UK academic says Gibraltar row is "diversionary tactic" by Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

University of Leicester academic, Dr Chris Grocott, claims the current row over Gibraltar is definitely a diversionary tactic by the Spanish Government.

Gibraltar Award reception: recipients' next of kin invited

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

The next of kin of all recipients of the Gibraltar Award who’ve passed away, moved away, or otherwise can’t attend the upcoming reception in their honour, have been invited in their stead.

"Yanifest" to launch musical talent foundation

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

A foundation for musical talent is being set up, with those behind the initiative keen to promote live music locally. The aim is to support the development of up-and–coming musicians.

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya sends Gibraltar letter of support

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2013

The Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya has written a letter of support to Gibraltarians in the face of what it describes as “bullying and harrassment” by the Spanish central government.

'People come first' argues The Times

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2013

Tuesday's edition of The Times carries an editorial hugely supportive of Gibraltar. Click on the headline to read it in full.

HE & Chief Minister queues statement

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2013

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office will be protesting to the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs about this morning’s delays, which it describes as unacceptable. The matter was brought to London and Madrid’s attention by the Convent.

Chief Minister updates on crisis

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2013

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has emphasised that in the present climate, it's important that Gibraltar continues to treat Spanish workers and Spanish visitors as an important part of our community.

Cañete to reinforce bunkering

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2013

The Spanish Government says it wants to enforce sanctions on bunkering in Gibraltar waters, in the area designated to both Britain and Spain as a site of Community Interest. This was announced by the Spanish Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, millionaire Miguel Arias Cañete.

GHA Ambulance Services staff carry out additional training

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2013

GHA Ambulance Service staff have been carrying out additional training in Maritime emergencies as part of Ministerial commitment. The Health Authority says such a service has not previously been provided on a structured and coordinated basis by the Ambulance service. It adds no structured training had previously been available either.

"Hands off our Rock", says Boris Johnson

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

The Mayor of London has said what’s taking place in Gibraltar is “infamous”, and expressed the hope that Britain will shortly “prise Spanish hands off the throat of its colony”. Writing in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson says Spain has revived the general harassment of the Franco epoch, in a spat he doesn’t “for one minute believe has been provoked by the Gibraltarians”.

U.N. advisor accuses Spain of double standards over Ceuta and Melilla

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

A political advisor on Arab affairs at the UN in New York has accused the Spanish of operating “double standards” by dismissing Moroccan sovereignty claims on Ceuta and Melilla as unfounded yet pursuing their own claims over Gibraltar.

Queues continue over weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

Hundreds of Gibraltarians returning home on Sunday evening were made to wait up to 2 hours to cross the frontier, as Guardia Civil officers checked every car thoroughly. On Saturday, the stringent checks affected those leaving the Rock, with cars and motorbikes taking over three hours to cross into La Linea.

Spain to ask Argentina for support in tackling Gibraltar at the UN

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

Spain is considering forming an anti-British alliance with Argentina, to tackle Gibraltar and the Falklands Islands at the United Nations, according to El Pais. The Spanish newspaper says Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will use a trip to Buenos Aires next month to propose a diplomatic offensive over both territories.

Number Six welcomes International legal tribunals

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

The Government has welcomed that the Spanish Foreign Minister is considering referring the disputed issues between Gibraltar, the UK and Spain to international legal tribunals. The Government says this is the “rational and civilised way of resolving disputes”, instead of the “illegitimate and disproportionate measures taken at the border”.

Ashley Fox claims Margallo using Gibraltar dispute to 'position himself'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

Conservative MEP for Gibraltar, Ashley Fox, has welcomed that the UK is considering legal action against Spain. Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live on Monday evening, Mr Fox said Spain’s actions are unlawful and disproportionate, and he expressed the hope that the British Government will issue proceedings in the European Court of Justice as soon as possible. He also claimed that the Spanish Foreign Minister Señor Margallo is using the tensions over Gibraltar to position himself in the event that Prime Minister Rajoy is deposed.

UK ponders 'unprecedented' legal action against Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

The British Government is considering legal action against Spain over the border queues with Gibraltar. A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister was "very disappointed" by Spain's failure to remove the checks over the weekend, and described Madrid's actions as "disproportionate and politically motivated". Legal action through the European Union would be "unprecedented" the spokesman added.

Local man on trial for theft and burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

A local man is on trial for burglary and theft in the Supreme Court. Kenneth Paul Llambias, of 48 St. Joseph’s Estate, faces 2 charges of burglary in relation to various items of jewellery and 6 charges of theft in relation to a total of £1,500. The trial opened this morning when a jury of nine was empanelled.

UN adviser accuses Spain of double standards over Ceuta & Melilla

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

A political adviser on Arab affairs at the UN in New York has accused the Spanish of operating “double standards” by dismissing Moroccan sovereignty claims on Ceuta and Melilla as unfounded yet pursuing their own claims over Gibraltar. The solutions are “inextricably linked”, says Samir Bennis.

Lidington & Johnson support Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2013

As Madrid ratchets up its anti-Gibraltar rhetoric, so UK politicians are rallying to the Rock's cause. Support in today's press has come from Europe Minister, David Lidington, and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

1-tonne cannabis seizure in RGP-Guardia Civil operation

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2013

Almost a tonne of cannabis resin was seized by the Guardia Civil in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a joint operation with the Royal Gibraltar Police. The Spanish authorities reportedly asked for assistance in locating a pleasure craft in the Bay that they suspected of carrying a significant amount of drugs. An arrest was eventually made by the Guardia Civil in Spanish waters, which resulted in the seizure of 39 bales and several arrests.

Local man charged with possession with intent to supply 103 grams of cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2013

A 25-year-old local man appeared in court on Monday morning charged with possession with intent to supply 103 grams of cocaine. Troy Olivero has spent the weekend in police cells having been arrested on Friday afternoon, when the police executed a search warrant.

UKIP to contest Gibraltar 2015 elections

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

The UK Independence Party will be contesting the Gibraltar Parliamentary elections in 2015. This has been confirmed by the Party’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall, who has been in Gibraltar this week as part of a campaign to raise the party’s profile on the Rock, and campaign on Gibraltar's behalf on the excessive border controls by Spain.

The Economist accuses García-Margallo of sabre rattling

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

An article in this week's edition of the influential news magazine The Economist is highly critical of the policy of the Spanish Foreign Minister towards Gibraltar. It says that after three years of entente and three-way dialogue, José Manuel García-Margallo has returned to the sabre-rattling that has marred relations for three centuries, and describes his tactics as self-defeating.

Government extending survey for Sustainable Transport Plan

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

The Government is extending a survey for its Sustainable Transport Plan by inviting views online. It says the survey is completely anonymous and should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

Unite, Comisiones Obreras & Union General de Trabajadores issue joint statement on good neighbourly relations

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

Unite the Union, together Comisiones Obreras and Union General de Trabajadores and two unions in Spain have issued a joint statement on good neighbourly relations in the light of current tensions. The unions say people’s interests should be above state policies and add residents in the region are the ones who pay the cost of these policies.

GSD reacts to political interventions

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

The GSD has welcomed the latest interventions by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary in defence of the people of Gibraltar, their sustained personal involvement and their renewed public statements both in pledging their support for the people of Gibaraltar and the unacceptability of existing and proposed Spanish measures against Gibraltar.

FCO response to queues

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

The Foreign Office is also collecting evidence of what it describes as the politically-motivated border delays, in collaboration with the Government. It says this evidence will be submitted to the European Commission for it to investigate the delays as soon as possible.

Rajoy meets King; hopeful conflict with Gibraltar will not escalate

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

The Spanish Premier has said he's hopeful the conflict with Gibraltar will not see an escalation, but he's warned that in the absence of an agreement he reserves the right to introduce all legal measures to defend the interests of Spanish citizens.

Video Interview: European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent

Author: GBC

Date: 09 August 2013

News Editor Stephen Neish speaks to European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent on the Commission's plan to send a delegation to investigate the border queues.

No.6 Welcomes strong Cameron backing

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

The Gibraltar Government says it welcomes the call made by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy to complain about the on-going Spanish threats and actions against Gibraltar. It says it remains to be seen whether this will produce results, given that there were already delays of up to four hours to enter Gibraltar yesterday.

Picardo welcomes firm position taken by Cameron & Hague in defence of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

The Gibraltar government has welcomed the firm position taken by the Prime Minister & Foreign Secretary in defence of Gibraltar. Fabian Picardo says it remains to be seen whether or not this pressure will produce favourable results at the frontier.

Beiso appointed GFA Chief Executive Officer

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

Dennis Beiso has been appointed the Gibraltar Football Assocaition's Chief Executive Officer. Mr Beiso, who's currently the Government Archivist, will have to leave his current job to take up the post with the GFA. Richard Manning has been appointed General Secretary, and Gareth Latin Operations Director and International Relations Manager.

6 arrested for tobacco smuggling in court - UPDATED

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

The six men arrested on Wednesday in a tobacco smuggling operation which also resulted in the seizure of two fishing vessels, have today appeared in court. They are jointly charged with one count of possession of cigarettes in a commercial quantity without a licence.

MEP Ashley Fox says EU must act

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

The Conservative MEP, Ashley Fox, has called on the European Commission to dispatch a team of officials to the Gibraltar Frontier immediately. He feels a detailed assessment of Spain’s interference should take place now and not wait until late September.

ESG believe Government should keep Western beach closed

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

Given the high levels of pollution, which caused the police to close Western Beach on Tuesday afternoon, the Environmental Safety Group believes the Government has to seriously consider keeping it closed until the contamination problem is finally resolved.

Navy Task Force to visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

Meanwhile, amidst heightened tensions part of a Royal Navy task force is to visit Gibraltar on its way to an exercise in the Mediterranean. British Forces Gibraltar has wanted to highlight that this is a routine, pre-planned visit.

UK Press says diplomacy has failed

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

The consensus among the UK broadsheets is that yesterday's diplomatic efforts between the UK and Spain to resolve the Gibraltar crisis failed. They point out that both Governments have given very different interpretations of the conversations that took place between the respective Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.

Gibraltar Music Festival; full line up revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2013

Texas, Gabrielle Aplin, Lawson and 10cc have been added to the Gibraltar Music Festival line up next month. They join already announced acts Olly Murs, Emeli Sande, La Oreja De Van Gogh and Level 42. Local acts will also take to the stage on 7th September.

Six arrests in anti tobacco smuggling operation

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

Six men were arrested and two vessels seized in an anti-tobacco smuggling operation in the early hours of this morning. Three Spaniards, aged 46, 49 and 51, all residents of La Línea, were arrested on board the fishing boat "San Francisco" off Catalan Bay, while three locals were arrested on Catalan Bay beach. Two of the local men are aged 38 and the other 42. All six are in police custody while investigations continue.

Cameron presses Rajoy on border controls: No10 statement

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has urged his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, to stop excessive border controls. He described his phone call to the Spanish Premier as 'constructive' and said he had made clear his concerns regarding Gibraltar. Mr Cameron said he told Sr Rajoy the British position on sovereignty won't change.

Navy reads warnings as Guardia Civil takes close look at Gibraltar tanker

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

At about 0830 on Wednesday morning the Royal Navy read warnings to a Guardia Civil vessel in British ‪Gibraltar‬ Territorial Waters off Rosia. This video shows how the Spanish authorities got very close to a large tanker 'Molal' which was anchored in local waters and could have been taking on fuel from Gibunker 100, which was positioned alongside it.

ECAS protests on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

The EU Rights Clinic has received over 80 detailed complaints from European Citizens complaining about excessive delays at the Frontier, ranging from three to eight hours in each direction. Those caught up in the controls, according to ECAS, are residents from Gibraltar, some seven thousand frontier workers and tourists.

Governor reacts to queues meetings

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

And The Governor has reacted to the fact that the Foreign Secretary and his Spanish counterpart have agreed the need for Dialogue. In this context the UK has reiterated its commitment to a return to the Trilateral Forum.

UK speaks in uncompromising terms to Spain, says Convent

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

'On a day when queues of up to 3 hours have been experienced coming into Gibraltar, intense diplomatic activity has been conducted at the highest level. Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have both spoken to their opposite numbers in uncompromising terms to demand an end to the disproportionate action and threats of action by the Spanish authorities.' Click on headline to see Convent statement in full.

Spain to 'de-escalate current tensions'

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2013

William Hague and Spanish Foreign Minister confirm commitment to finding a diplomatic solution to the dispute at the Spain/Gibraltar border. Click on headline to see full statement.

European Commission warns Spain against excessive frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2013

The European Commission has today stepped into the frontier row, warning Spain she must allow "smooth and efficient crossings" with Gibraltar. It has told the government in Madrid that Spain must "address and discuss" with the European Union its angry dispute over fishing rights and sovereignty. It has also pledged to send officials to the border to investigate the "serious complaints" it has received.

Joe Holliday responds to the Principal Auditor report

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2013

Former GSD Deputy Chief Minister Joe Holliday has written to the Principal Auditor seeking his explanation and clarification in respect of what Mr Holliday describes as "defamatory and highly damaging statements" about him in a report published last month.

Boycott summer holidays in Spain, says MEP

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2013

MEP Julie Girling is urging British citizens to boycott their summer holidays in Spain and either take a staycation in the UK or visit another part of Europe. The remarks by the Conservative representative for Gibraltar and South West England in the European Parliament follow the threats against Gibraltar and its citizens made by the Spanish Government.

Peter Hain says Joint Sovereignty should be revisited

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2013

Former Europe Minister, Peter Hain, says the whole joint sovereignty negotiations carried out during his time with the Labour Government should be revisited. Interviewed on BBC Radio this morning, Mr Hain regretted that the 2002 joint sovereignty plans failed, and attributed the failure to Spain getting cold feet at the last minute.

La Línea Gibraltar Working Group issues statement

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2013

The La Línea Mayor's Gibraltar Working Group has asked the Gibraltar Government to withdraw "as a gesture of goodwill" the concrete blocks it sunk near the runway last month to create an artificial reef. It's one of the measures called for in a statement issued by the group following a meeting to formulate its response to the threats by the Spanish Government of taking further tough measures at the frontier.

Araujo calls urgent meeting of Gibraltar working group

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2013

The La Linea Mayor has called an urgent meeting of her Gibraltar working group. Gemma Araujo will discuss the measures Sr Margallo has proposed in respect of Gibraltar, and the recent border queues more generally, with representatives of cross-frontier workers and Campo businesses.

Feetham reacts to Margallo

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2013

The GSD Opposition says it offers its support to the Government in any efforts to secure a swift and satisfactory conclusion to the current crisis.

Hague reassures Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2013

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has phoned the Chief Minister to express the Brritish Government’s support for Gibraltar in the light of the provocative statements made by the Spanish Foreign Secretary over the weekend.

Foreign Office Statement in full

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2013

The Foreign office reasserts its ties with Gibraltar

Government Statement in response to Snr Margallo:In full

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2013

The Chief Minister has appealed for calm following the Spanish Foreign Minister's statements. The Government says none of them will deter it from acting as it considers may be in Gibraltar's best interests. It adds Gibraltar and the United Kingdom will not be able to stand idly by whilst Spain takes illegal action."

The party is over: Spain threatens to get tough on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister reveals a concerted campaign against Gibraltar, which includes retracting the Cordoba agreements and charging a congestion tax to enter and leave the Rock.

Spanish fishermen threaten blockade

Author: GBC

Date: 03 August 2013

Spanish fishermen are threatening a strike if the concrete artificial reef is not removed over the next few days.

The PP in La Linea calls for an end to frontier delays

Author: GBC

Date: 03 August 2013

La Linea PP: "Queues are harming La Linea and frontier workers" Madrid: "Delays are part of its obligation to control smuggling" Spanish Embassy in London: "queues are proportionate"

Private Sector Pensioners not happy with budget measures

Author: GBC

Date: 03 August 2013

The Gibraltar Private Sector Workers’ and Pensioners’ Association (GPS-WPA) has expressed dismay that the Government's budget does not seem to cater for its members.

Ombudsman's Report: Housing Dept. accounted for nearly half of complaints in 2012

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

The Housing Department accounted for nearly half of all complaints received by the Ombudsman’s office in 2012. This has been confirmed by the annual report tabled before Parliament. However, the ombudsman says he believes the Housing Department works well, and the sheer volume of complaints are because of the subject matter.

Video Report: Hacienda Tax Investigation targets Gibraltarians

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

Gibraltarians who live in Spain and commute to Gibraltar will be the subject of a Spanish tax department investigation, according to the national daily newspaper, ABC. Expats who own holiday homes in Spain are entitled to a special tax status, but are only allowed to reside in the country for six months a year.

Spanish Ambassador to London summoned....delays to enter Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

The Spanish Ambassador to London, Federico Trillo, has been summoned to the Foreign Office to answer for the long border queues in Gibraltar. The news has been confirmed by Foreign Office Minister of State Hugo Swire on Friday evening. Meanwhile, delaying tactics were again introduced yesterday morning, with a two hour queue by eleven. A spokesman for the RGP told GBC that although the measures were stringent, the volume of traffic was not there as people were avoiding crossing into Spain. Delays entering Gibraltar began at six this evening with all documentation being checked. At seven thirty there was an hour and a half delay.

Spanish Ambassador summoned to FCO

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

The Spanish Ambassador to London, Federico Trillo, has been summoned to the Foreign Office to answer for the long border queues in Gibraltar. The news has been confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesman Hugo Swire late this evening.

Chamber cautiously welcomes Barclays' decision

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

The Chamber of Commerce says it will continue to lobby for a full and meaningful Barclays presence in Gibraltar. This follows the bank's announcement this week that it intends to continue in Gibraltar, although most probably in a reduced capacity.

Power cut explained

Author: GBC

Date: 02 August 2013

The Electricity Authority says it does not expect there to be a re-occurrence of the problem that led to a general power cut on Thursday night. At just after twenty past three in the morning, a fault in the switchgear at the Old Incinerator sub-station caused a power outage that affected the whole of Gibraltar. Power was restored to all areas within an hour.

Search for missing diver continues at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

The emergency services continue to search for a local diver who went missing in the waters off the South Mole at about 7.30 on Wednesday evening. With visibility underwater practically zero, the search teams shifted their focus to the surface. The Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome said all agencies were working together and that the search will continue through the night.

RGP and Guardia Civil co-operate

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

The Commissioner of Police has highlighted what he says is the excellent working relationship between the RGP and the Spanish Guardia Civil in the fight against drugs and tobacco smuggling. This follows two separate incidents yesterday in which both forces were involved in chases at sea.

Body of missing diver found

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

Following a twelve-hour search, the body of a 21-year old diver was recovered from the seabed on Thursday. Kyle Bagu had been free diving in waters off the South Mole yesterday evening when he went missing. His funeral took place on Friday.

HMS Ledbury in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

The Minehunter HMS Ledbury is today calling into the Naval Base for a short visit to top up on supplies and for some rest and recuperation.

Opposition welcomes Barclays Bank decision to stay in Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

The Opposition has welcomed Barclays Bank's decision to stay in Gibraltar, but says it remains concerned as to the precise nature of its plans.

Queen Elizabeth 60th Anniversary Gib Stamp

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

Gibraltar is commemorating both the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, and the anniversary of the first ever Queen Elizabeth the Second definitive stamps, released in 1953 with a new set of 14 stamps.

Deputy Chief Minister prepares dossier for European Commission.

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

The Deputy Chief Minister has prepared a dossier on the weekend’s border queues which he will be presenting to the European Commission, along with a letter of complaint.

Man moons at Frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2013

A local man who mooned the Spanish Police during the long delays at the frontier over the weekend, was recognised yesterday as he crossed into Spain.

Barclays proposes to reduce its Gibraltar presence

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Barclays says its current intention is to maintain a presence in Gibraltar, but probably in a reduced capacity. For the past four months the bank has been conducting a review of its local operation, and staff were briefed on the situation on Wednesday morning.

Formal protest as Guardia Civil attempts illegally to exercise jurisdiction

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

The UK Government will be making another formal protest to Madrid after another incident involving the Guardia Civil in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on Wednesday. The Spanish state vessel entered local waters without permission to rescue a stranded yacht. The Convent says the evidence indicates the Guardia Civil attempted illegally to exercise jurisdiction within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

How to complain about border queues...

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

The Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, has urged anyone who has been aggrieved by the border queues to register a complaint with the European Citizen’s Action Service in Brussels. Complaints can be made by Gibraltar residents, tourists, frontier workers or anyone affected.

Unite will press Barclays to remain on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Unite the Union says it’ll use its forthcoming meetings with Barclays to press the case for Barclays to remain on the Rock, while the Government has welcomed the confirmation from Barclays that it intends to retain a presence locally.

Drugs recovered in joint RGP / GC operation

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Two large bales of cannabis resin have been recovered by the Royal Gibraltar Police following a chase off Europa Point, involving a large white cabin cruiser and a jet-ski. The operation has been carried out jointly by the RGP and the Guardia Civil. Earlier today, however, a Guardia Civil vessel entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters without permission to rescue a stranded yacht.

Man pleads guilty to stealing £3,770 from Bianca's Restaurant

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly £4,000 from Bianca’s Restaurant and destroying a slot machine with a crow bar. Christian Baglietto, of 111 Referendum House, was identified on CCTV footage by RGP Officers..

Prison sentences for drink driving

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Two men have received prison sentences for driving under the influence in the Magistrate’s Court today. 27-year-old Zaide Attou received a total of 26 weeks and 5 days in prison and was disqualified from driving for 30 months. 40-year-old Adrian Porro was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and was disqualified from driving for 5 years.

Regiment soldiers meet Cameron in Afghanistan

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment met the Prime Minister during his recent visit to troops in Afghanistan. 10 soldiers from the Regiment are currently deployed to Helmand province with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Equality Rights Group considers frontier action

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

Equality Rights Group says it’s ready to take the pressure to Spain if need be. The Group’s Chairman, Felix Alvarez says it does not act on impulse and that any action would be well thought out and only taken when all political and diplomatic routes have been exhausted.

UKIP deplores 'immature' actions by Spanish government

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2013

The UK Independence Party says it deplores the puerile and politically immature recent actions of the Spanish government at the frontier with Gibraltar, and describes the border queue mayhem as a ‘ridiculous over reaction’ to Gibraltar exercising her rights within British Gibraltar Territorial waters.

Nick Cruz and PDP call it a day

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

The Progressive Democratic Party will be wound up at the end of August. The executive has voted overwhelmingly in favour of calling it a day, after seven years of hard work with no significant electoral progress.

Times Leader compares Rajoy to Franco

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

A leading article in today's The Times likens the six-hour frontier queues at the weekend to the tactics adopted by Franco-era Spain. It says that democratic governments in Madrid should not be tarnished by the record of the Franco dictatorship, but that the Government of Mariano Rajoy is inviting the comparison by its behaviour.

Conservative MEPs ask EU to threaten legal action

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

Conservative MEPs have rallied to Gibraltar’s defence in Europe following the weekend’s border queues. Giles Chichester, Julie Girling and Ashley Fox will be writing to the European Commission asking for them to threaten Spain with legal action if it threatens cross-frontier workers again.

Number Six denies receiving letter from Spanish fishermen

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

Number Six has categorically denied having received a letter from the Spanish fishermen asking the Government to remove the concrete blocks sank last week.

Defenders of Gibraltar thank all who helped at frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

The Defenders of Gibraltar have wanted to thank all those who helped during the long frontier queues over the weekend.

30,000 hits on frontier queue website

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

The Government is pointing out that the number of hits on its frontier queue website reached close to 30,000 on Sunday. This, it says, is 10 times more than the average number of daily hits.

New taxi dispatch & meter system to boost City Service

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

A new taxi dispatch and meter system will be introduced on the 12th of August in a bid to improve the City Service. The new meters establish communications between the vehicle and the Gibraltar Taxi Association, and will allow for taxi’s job details to be tracked centrally.

Frontier delays return on Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

Despite the intervention by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, the Civil Guards again engaged in delaying tactics at the frontier. The Royal Gibraltar Police warned motorists to avoid the area of the frontier, unless absolutely necessary.

National Week events announced

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

Details of events over National week have been announced. These kick off with the fair, which starts on Saturday the 24th of August.

Incursions 'rarely pose a significant risk to life'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2013

Spain’s illegal incursions in to British Gibraltar Territorial Waters “rarely pose a significant risk to life”, according to Baroness Warsi. Speaking in the House of Lords, the Conservative peer said the UK Government was very concerned by the incident in which a Guardia Civil vessel fired “non-lethal shots” at a local jet-ski in June.

Governor condemns queues, and reports back to FCO

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2013

The Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, has described the border queues as 'utterly unacceptable'. Commenting on the weekend's gridlock chaos, Sir Adrian says freedom of movement is a basic human right, and it is absolutely wrong that people’s rights should be used as a political lever in this way.

Glacis flat gutted by fire

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2013

A flat was completely gutted after a large fire broke out at Portmore House, Glacis Estate this morning. The City Fire Brigade (CFB) attended with two appliances - the Royal Gibraltar Police and Ambulance service were also at the scene. No injuries were reported, and an investigation is under way.

13-year old in court for arson

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2013

A 13 year-old boy has been arrested and charged with arson after police investigated a fire in the South District at the weekend. Freemantle House, a former MoD property, suffered extensive damage after being set on fire in the late hours of Friday night.

Man charged with dangerous driving after Line Wall accident

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2013

A man has appeared before the Magistrate’s Court following a road traffic accident on Line Wall Road on Sunday. Shane Hernandez was on a motorbike when he collided with a car.

Hague calls Margallo to protest over frontier delays

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2013

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has called the Spanish Foreign Office to protest over the weekend border queues. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has called on the people of Gibraltar to allow diplomatic channels to work, and remain calm.

Gibraltarian aggressively arrested by Spanish police

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2013

The Gibraltarian arrested at the frontier for allegedly assaulting a Spanish policeman has been released. 37-year-old Wayne McKay appeared in court in La Linea on Monday morning for a hearing, facing charges of aggressive assault. His case will be heard in Algeciras in September.

Opposition condemns border queues

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2013

The GSD Opposition has condemned the inhumane and unprecedented seven hour queues at the frontier over the weekend. The GSD would also like to thank all the essential services and members of the public who have helped people stuck in these queue.

Queues re-emerge on Sunday, with traffic coming into Gib targeted

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2013

The queues went on into the early hours of the morning, and reared their heads again on Sunday, with four lanes at the frontier loop as early as half past seven in the morning. By midafternoon, all was clear on this side, but motorists coming INTO Gibraltar were being targeted, with Guardia Civil officers setting up a filter before passport control. The odd act of mercy was witnessed, such as an 80 year old leukemia patient who had fainted being rushed across the border to a waiting ambulance. But for the most part, it was a grim experience.

Video Report - The six hour summer queue hell

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2013

Motorists at the weekend were subjected to six hour border queues, an undeniable retaliation tactic from the Spanish authorities following last Thursday's incident at sea. RGP and HEO officers were deployed to keep traffic flowing as best they could, and Government Ministers, together with the Defenders of Gibraltar and other volunteers, made their way to the frontier to hand out bottles and cups of water to stranded travellers.

GBC News Online exclusive - footage & interview with CM on border queues

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2013

As the border queues peaked at six hours on Saturday, Jonathan Sacramento spoke to the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo via phone link.

Saturday traffic misery as queues peak at nearly six hours

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2013

Motorists braced themselves for a weekend of misery as tailbacks reached nearly six hours at their peak on Saturday. The trend followed on from Friday's torturous gridlock, widely believed to be retribution by the Spanish authorities for Thursday's stand off at sea.

Infection did not come from Western Beach, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

The Government has sought to reassure the public that an infection acquired by a young man on a wound did not stem from Western Beach. This is in response to an Environmental Safety Group press release earlier this week. The Ministry for Health and the Environment says that results from the GHA Laboratory prove that the micro-organisms identified from the wound were not those associated with faeces.

Infection not caused by sewage, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

The Government wants to assure the public that the infection acquired by a young man on a wound did not stem from Western Beach. This is in response to an Environmental Safety Group press release earlier this week.

Local man jailed for 8 weeks on drink driving charges

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

A local man has been sentenced to 8 weeks in prison for drink driving charges. 43 year old Christopher Santos was arrested on the 7th of June.

Health and Lifestyle Survey published

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

The findings of the first ever Health and Lifestyle Survey have revealed high levels of smoking and obesity as the main areas of concern in Gibraltar. The survey’s findings are considerable but it has been simplified to a small booklet, which will be dispatched to households.

Five-hour long frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

Five-hour long frontier queues resulted in tailbacks into town on Friday. The queue into Spain started building up at around 3pm. The Royal Gibraltar Police had to deploy extra personnel, including re-deploying the neighborhood policing unit and Area Response team officials as well as working with the Highway Enforcement Officers.

Guardia Civil take executive action in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

A Civil Guard launch has interfered with an operation being carried out by a local tug boat in the area by Western Beach. The tug, which was dropping concrete blocks into the sea for the Government, stopped doing so when confronted by the Guardia Civil. The Government says it takes a most serious view of the incident as it amounts to executive action being taken by the Guardia Civil in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Air Cadets visit Queen's aircraft

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

Gibraltar’s Air Cadets were recently given the opportunity to visit one of the aircraft the Queen uses to travel on during her formal duties. The cadets from No 2 Overseas Squadron got to look around the whole aircraft, including getting the chance to sit at the Royal table.

Man charged with possession of offensive weapons

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

A local man has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a Stanley knife and a wooden stick. Ronald Louis Mifsud, of 21 Cumberland Road, is also charged with unlawful assault, damaging property, threatening behaviour and making a threatening phonecall.

Madrid's chip on shoulder over concrete blocks dumping

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2013

The Spanish Government is reported to have protested formally to the UK over the dumping of concrete blocks in the sea by Gibraltar. According to the ABC newspaper, Spain's Director General for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybáñez, has expressed Madrid's displeasure to the British Ambassador Giles Paxman.

EU signs Fishing Agreement with Morocco

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

The European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has initialled a 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco. According to the EU, the protocol places a strong emphasis on scientific advice, economic profitability, good governance and respect of international law. Morocco will get 40 million euro from the agreement.

HE Sir Adrian Johns reacts to cement blocks incident

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

The Govenor has said that the fact is that the tug and barge concerned had been contracted by the Gibraltar Government to carry out a perfectly legal and peaceful operation inside British Sovereign waters in support of Marine Conservation. Sir Adrian Johns added any issues arising out of this should be handled through the normal diplomatic channels and that it is completely unacceptable to persue the matter in any other way either on the waters or else where.

Nine weeks in prison for class A drug offences

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

A man who was formerly locally-employed has been sentenced to 9 weeks in prison on charges relating to class A drugs, today in the Magistrates’ Court. 27-year-old La Linea resident Paul Martin had pleaded guilty to the possession and importation of 0.4g of heroin and 0.2g of cocaine earlier this month.

Aqua park set up at Western Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

Gibraltar's first-ever aqua-park has been set up at Western Beach and is already in full swing. The Tourist Board are keen to emphasise the proper, risk-free use of this new amenity and have posted signs outlining the operating instructions and common-sense safety precautions to take.

Customs arrest two after cigarette seizures

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

Customs has seized 250 cartons of cigarettes found in a locally-registered vehicle. It's arrested a 25-year-old local woman and a 22-year-old local man. The car has been impounded.

Two men charged with affray and obstructing police

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

Two locally-resident men have appeared in the Magistrates’ Court charged with affray and obstructing police, in relation to an incident which took place on Monday evening at Flat Bastion Road.

UK Government to be fully advised on Guardia Civil incident [FOOTAGE]

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

The British Government will be kept fully advised on Thursday’s incident which saw a Spanish Civil Guard launch perform what official sources have described as 'dangerous navigation' in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Launches belonging to the local authorities kept close to a local tug-boat which was dropping concrete blocks in the sea by the runway as part of an artificial reef for the Department of the Environment.

Fishing regulations bill passed in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

The Government now has the power to regulate fishing and diving in Gibraltar. An amendment to the Nature Protection Act has been passed in Parliament by Government majority, with the Opposition voting against.

EU signs fishing agreement with Morocco

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

The European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has initialled a 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco.

Spanish fishing boat enters Catalan Bay

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2013

A Spanish fishing vessel entered Catalan Bay at midday on Thursday, coming inside the confines of the buoys. The boat entered at around 5 to 12 and left after only five or ten minutes, but caused outrage among beachgoers due to how close it came to the shoreline.

Government counters Opposition's Savings Bank concerns

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2013

The Opposition has reiterated its claim that the Government is investing Savings Bank deposits with Credit Finance Company Limited and using the company to lend money to third parties. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister says his Government's economic managenent record speaks for itself, as does the increase in the Savings Bank reserves.

'Special Exercise' focuses on fitness instructors

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

A number of private fitness and other instructors who charge for their services are, in effect, being subsidised by the taxpayer while many of them aren't paying tax themselves. This is revealed in the Principal Auditor's report, that was tabled in Parliament last week.

GSD Government turned abuse of power into an art form, says No. 6

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

The Government has accused the GSD of turning the abuse of power into an art form when it was in office, and said it will have no hesitation in exposing this whenever necessary.

Picardo on bitter exchanges

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

The Chief Minister says the ferocity of the press releases exchanged by the Government and the Opposition is doing ‘absolutely nothing’ for the people of this community who voted both sides of the House into Parliament.

Stephen Whatley to take part in 100th Chess Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

Local chess player Stephen Whatley is to take part in the 100th British Chess Championships, starting this Friday in Torquay in the UK.

Man sentenced to 6 weeks in prison for burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

A Spanish man has been sentenced to six weeks in prison for burglary. 35 year old resident of La Linea, Antonio Plaza Navarro, was arrested yesterday and appeared today in the Magistrates’ Court.

Neolithic period hand axe found

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2013

A seven and a half thousand year-old hand axe was excavated by archaeologists working in Gorham’s Cave this Saturday.

Gib and Spain teams advocate 'sport over politics' message at World Maccabi Games

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

In the wake of the recent problems with Gibraltarian sporting teams facing hostility from Spanish organisations, a refreshing development in Israel at the weekend brought Gibraltar and Spain together for an official, competitive futsal match.

Govt and Opposition cross swords on Gib Elec by-election press release

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Chief Minister has defended the practice of statutory bodies issuing press releases that reflect Government policy. This followed a series of Parliamentary questions from Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham as to the Government’s involvement in Gib Elec’s press release about the power cut on by-election day.

Royal birth - It's a boy!

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the birth of their son on Monday evening and made their first public appearance with him on Tuesday evening. 24 hours earlier, a town crier made the declaration to the crowds gathered outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, when the Royal heir was born weighing 8lb 6oz.

Gibraltar places 12th at Natwest Island Games with 16 medals

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Natwest Island Games in Bermuda reached a conclusion over the weekend, with Gibraltar winning 16 medals to finish twelfth in the medal table. Pistol shooter Jonathan Patron won silver in the 25 metre Centre Fire event on Friday evening to claim his sixth medal of the games, and the shooting team’s ninth in total.

Cameron tells Picardo he's 'very concerned' at reports of Guardia Civil shooting

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has told the Chief Minister he was very concerned at reports of a Guardia Civil vessel firing at a local jetski. Mr Cameron has reassured Gibraltar the UK will meet its commitment to defend Gibraltar’s sovereignty.

La Linea fair worker dies

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The popular La Linea fair drew to a close last night, marred by the death of a worker who was found hanged at about 8pm yesterday. The popular ‘barco vikingo’ ride was shut down for two hours as an ambulance crew tried to resuscitate the Romanian man, but to no avail.

Keith Azopardi joins Blackstone Chambers

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

Keith Azopardi QC has joined the prestigious law firm, Blackstone Chambers as an Associate.

Man with infected wound bathed in Western Beach: ESG confirm

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

A man recovering from an operation to his leg has suffered from an infected wound after bathing in Western Beach, the Environmental Safety Group has confirmed.

Feetham challenges Picardo to report to Police

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Leader of the Opposition has challenged the Chief Minister to report to the police anything he considers untoward in any document compiled by the Principal Auditor. Daniel Feetham says the Chief Minister shouldn’t conduct a trial by Principal Auditor, which is what he did the day before the by-election.

Picardo to move Sunborn motion, Feetham calls for independent adjudication

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Chief Minister will be moving a motion in Parliament declaring that no-one in Government has misled the House in relation to the Sunborn floating hotel. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition calls for the Motion to be independently adjudicated.

Med Rowing Club wins International Gold

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

A Mediterranean Rowing Club crew won gold at the Junior British Rowing Championships held over the weekend in Nottingham. Colin Tester and Jessie Borg came first in the Junior Coxless Pair event in a time of seven minutes exactly.

Mid Harbour Estate singled out in Principal Auditor's report

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2013

The Principal Auditor has criticised "the continued deterioration in house rents arrears over the past three financial years" which in 2012 exceeded £4m. The problem is at its worst in Mid Harbour Estate where 27 tenants have never paid rent.

Picardo tells Sunday Express that Gibraltar needs a greater Royal Navy presence

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2013

Spanish incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters are highlighted in today's Sunday Express newspaper. It quotes Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo as saying that Gibraltar needs a much greater Royal Naval presence in our waters. Mr Picardo points out that the Royal Navy uses Gibraltar as a rest and recreational base, and as a forward mounting base. He adds: "now we are saying please don't just use us, come to our aid at this difficult time".

Santos Choir strikes gold in Graz

Author: GBC

Date: 20 July 2013

The Santos Choir has won two gold medals at the European Choir Games, held in the Austrian city of Graz. The Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, has sent his congratulations and said the choir has made Gibraltar extremely proud. The golds were won in the Gospel and Pop sections, with even the judges reportedly joining in the standing ovations at the end of the performances.

Isola sworn in as Parliament begins

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

The site of the Old Police Barracks on Castle Road will be used for housing purposes, the Government has confirmed in answer to questions in Parliament. The meeting began with the swearing-in of the new Financial Services Minister, Albert Isola.

Two Spanish men arrested on tobacco charges

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

Officers of the Royal Gibraltar Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Unit have arrested two Spanish nationals after they were found in possession of a commercial quantity of tobacco.

Report accuses ex Minister Joe Holliday of a conflict of interest

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

A review by the Principal Auditor into payments made by the GSD Government to the OEM Group of companies and Haymills, claims that there was a conflict of interest in relation to then Government Minister Joe Holliday. Mr. Holliday is quoted in Friday's Gibraltar Chronicle as completely refuting any suggestion of impropriety on his part and saying he would seek legal advice.

Youth Centre to take part in international exchange programme

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

The Youth Centre is aiming to take part in an international youth exchange programme. They are already fundraising for the activity, which will take place next summer.

Sacramento at meeting of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

The Minister for Equality has attended a meeting of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in London. It was the first meeting of the newly appointed steering committee.

Narcotics Anonymous open forum on Sunday

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

Narcotics Anonymous, a voluntary organisation helping drug users recover from addiction, will be hosting an open forum for people to get to know the work they do. A closed session for addicts seeking help will be held at the Europa Retreat Centre at 10.30 on Sunday morning, with an open session for anyone who wants to attend later at 5 in the afternoon.

Commonwealth Park plans revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 19 July 2013

Design plans for Commonwealth Park have been revealed, with the several million pound project to include lakes, deck areas, a bandstand and access for wheelchairs and prams. The Park is being designed by award winning landscape consultant, Mark Gregory and is scheduled to open next Spring.

RGP officer sentenced to 9 months for theft

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

A resigned RGP officer has received a 9 month prison suspended for two years, for charges of Theft on Breach of Trust and misfeasance in public office.The case dates back to May when Joseph Macedo stole £1,460, which was evidence in a drug operation he was in charge of.

32 months in prison for Spanish man for drug smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

A Spanish National has been sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment, in relation to the seizure of 460 kilos of cannabis resin last December. Juan Antonio Ruiz Luque pleaded guilty to the importation, possesson, and the possession with intent to supply the drugs.

Interserve working conditions harmonised with M.O.D.

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

Interserve staff will have their annual leave and working hours harmonised with the M.o.D and in future will have their pay reviews aligned with Gibraltar Government employees. This follows a new long-term agreement between the company and Unite the Union.

RGP Dog Section Passing Out Parade

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

Four Police Constables of the RGP Dog Section, and their dog counterparts, have successfully completed a thirteen week course.

ESG objects to HMS Tireless visit

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

The Environmental Safety Group has called for an immediate clarification on the visit of HMS Tireless, and for the Gibraltar Government to advise the community on these details as soon as possible.

Compulsory training for prospective motorbike learners

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

As from the first of September any person wanting to apply for a motorcycle learners licence will have to take on a Complusory Basic Training Course. The Government hopes that this course will reduce the number of accidents on the road.

Island Games medal tally up to 14

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

Gibraltar's medal tally at the Natwest Island Games in Bermuda has risen to 14 after rifle shooter Heloise Manasco won gold in the women’s 10 metre Air Rifle event for a 6th consecutive time. Pistol shooter Daniel Payas claimed a silver medal in the 25 metre Standard Fire event to win his second medal of the games.

Spanish man jailed for 4 years for brutal robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2013

A man has been sentenced to 4 years in prison at the Supreme Court. The case dates back to 2010 when a shop-keeper was hospitalised after he was beaten up and his shop robbed. Daniel Patrick Lavin Leon pleaded guilty to charges of Grievous bodily Harm, Possession of an Offensive Weapon and Robbery.

Entries invited for International Art Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

Entries are being invited for the 40th Gibraltar International Art Competition, which has a top prize of £4,000. A maximum of two original paintings and one original sculpture can be submitted by each artist.

Feetham complaint is "publicity seeking", says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

The Government says its prudent financial management will ensure Gibraltar’s finances remain buoyant, whilst securing the safety of all deposits in the Savings Bank, despite Daniel Feetham’s "disgraceful" attempts to create doubt.

New car park opens

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

A new car park opens from Thursday at the ex-Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club site. This is to re-provide for the loss of free parking at Commonwealth park, and the Government says this is in line with manifesto commitments.

Tony Lima to continue as Mayor

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

The Mayor, Tony Lima, is expected to be appointed for another eight months, following a motion in Parliament on Thursday. The Motion will be moved by the Chief Minister.

Customs investigate tobacco stash in port

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

Customs officers have launched an investigation after boxes of tobacco were found stashed in a container at the port. No arrests have been made so far but an investigation is ongoing.

Two more medals for Gibraltar in Island Games

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

Day three of competition at the Natwest Island Games in Bermuda yielded another 2 medals for Gibraltar. Swimmer Colin Bensadon won silver in the men’s 400 metres individual medley, breaking his own national record in the process.

New GHA website launched

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2013

The Gibraltar Health Authority has launched a new website. It provides information on all aspects of the healthcare service, including St. Bernard's Hospital, the Primary Care Centre and the KG5 Hospital. Simultaneously with the website launch, the Authority has also joined Facebook and Twitter with the name "GHAWeb".

Four more medals for Gibraltar in day two of Island Games

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

Gibraltar enjoyed an excellent Day Two at the Natwest Island Games in Bermuda yesterday, adding four medals to its overnight tally. Jonathan Patron and Louis Baglietto provided Gibraltar’s standout achievement of the day, winning gold in the 10 meter Air Pistol shooting competition.

Take pride in Gibraltar, Lidington urges UK

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Minister for Europe has urged the UK to take pride in the fact that the people of Gibraltar wants to remain British, and sent his well-wishes to the Rock on the commemoration of the anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht.

Sandy Bay regeneration process explained

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Government has outlined the process through which sand for the beach regeneration at Sandy Bay has been obtained, saying it's taken all possible steps to ensure it was legally extracted.

Gibraltar to be represented at World Maccabi Games

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

Gibraltar will be represented at another major sporting event this week, with two futsal teams taking part in The World Maccabi Games this Thursday. Over eighty different countries attend the games which run every four years in Israel and are often called “the Jewish Olympics.”

More National Week events announced

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Ministry of Culture has announced details of a few more events which will take place during National Week.

Parliamentary Group can increase Barclays review profile, says Chamber

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Chamber of Commerce says it is convinced the Gibraltar All-Party Parliamentary Group can increase the profile of the Barclays Bank review in London, so that it will become very difficult to close the Gibraltar Branch or downsize its operations.

Ferguson painting commissioned by Manchester United Supporters Club

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Manchester United Supporters Club, Gibraltar Branch, has commissioned a painting of Sir Alex Ferguson, which will be presented to the former manager as a gift in the autumn.

Photographic Society launches Competitive Exhibition

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Gibraltar Photographic Society has launched its Annual Competitive Exhibition. Photograph of the Year went to Joe Molinari, with Warren Gomez Beginner of the Year, and Stephen Hermida Photographer of the Year.

Government dodging Parliament questions, says Feetham

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Leader of the Opposition has accused the Chief Minister and the Minister for Employment of deliberately misleading Parliament on issues of fundamental importance regarding the state of public finances.

Sandy Bay sand regeneration process outlined by Government

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The Government has outlined the process through which sand for the beach regeneration at Sandy Bay has been obtained. This follows reports in the Spanish media that Spanish environmental groups are to take action against sand being taken from the Valdevaqueros dunes in Tarifa.

Three men fined for importing a fast launch

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

Two Spanish Nationals and a local man have been found guilty of importing a prohibited 8-metre rigid inlaftable vessel into Gibraltar waters. The vessel is valued at around £60,000 and has been forfeited by the Stipendiary Magistrate.

Climatological summary shows a dry June

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2013

The climatological summary for last month shows a dry June, with no fog or thunderstorms. Easterly winds prevailed. The month saw only one millimetre of rain, which is 8 percent of the average.

HMS Tireless in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

The Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine HMS Tireless arrived in Gibraltar on Monday morning for a short stay. Headquarters British Forces says the visit forms part of her scheduled operational tasking but has given no further details.

Spanish Customs to get scanner van

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

Spain's anti tobacco-smuggling resources at the Gibraltar/La Línea frontier will be boosted next month with the arrival of a special scanner van that can detect goods concealed within a vehicle's false compartments.

ESG calls for Western Beach to be closed permanently

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

The Environmental Safety Group is calling for Western Beach to be closed permanently, due to the unpredictable nature of the pollution in the area. They say the breakthrough effluence is unprecedented given there has been no rainfall in the area.

Nature Group shouldn't be considered for sullage tank operations, says ESG

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

The ESG is calling on the Government not to consider any application from the Nature Group to resume its operations at the Western Arm for the time being.

13 year old in juvenile court for arson and common assault

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

A 13 year old was given a youth rehabilitation order in juvenile court, after admitting to one charge of arson and two of common assault. The child, who cannot be named, was kept in police cells for the two nights since the arrest.

Head-on collision stops traffic on runway

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

Traffic to and from the frontier was stopped for around 40 minutes on Monday afternoon following a head-on collision between two cars. Both vehicles sustained minor damage, but there were no injuries.

Diver rescued by RGP and GDP officers on jet skis

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

A diver was rescued by Police officers on jet skis on Saturday at Camp Bay. The distressed diver was being pushed to the rocky shoreline in the Bay when officers from the RGP and GDP rescued her.

Government transposes EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

The EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is being transposed into Gibraltar Law and will be effective from the 22nd of this month. It aims to establish common standards and determine how investment managers can conduct their marketing activity.

Gibraltar voted 2nd preferred QROPS jurisdiction

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

Gibraltar has been voted in second place as the preferred Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme jurisdiction. The poll carried out by the group of investment companies, Skandia International, saw 141 international advisors who use QROPS being surveyed.

Gibraltar wins Gold in Island Games Triathlon in Bermuda

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

The 2013 Natwest Island Games are officially underway, and Gibraltar has already picked up its first gold medal of the games. It came in Triathlon, with Gibraltar’s Men’s squad taking first place in the overall Team competition.

National Week Classical Concert details announced

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2013

Violin soloist Sergej Krylov and the European Symphony Orchestra will perform at this year's National Week Concert. The concert will take place on Tuesday 3rd September at St. Michael's Cave.

Treaty of Utrecht signing commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2013

Scores of people braved the Saturday morning heat to get their own facsimile copy of the frontispiece of the Treaty of Utrecht, clause X of which ceded Gibraltar in perpetuity to Great Britain in 1713. The reproductions were made with a replica period printing press manned by appropriately attired printers. Three hundred years on, it was the highlight of activities at John Mackintosh Square to commemorate the Treaty's signing.

Soil for Commonwealth Park manufactured locally

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

Much of the soil needed for Commonwealth Park is being manufactured locally, instead of having to import it from Spain. This is being done by a special machine on the east side reclamation using building materials from sites around Gibraltar. Commonwealth Park will require around three thousand cubic metres of soil.

Police Promotions

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

Several police officers have been promoted, resulting in three new sergeants and two new inspectors for the Royal Gibraltar Police.

UK Scouts presented the Wood Badge at the Convent

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

A Scout Group from Midlothian are visiting Gibraltar. Acting Governor Alison MacMillan presented Wood Badges to two of the Scouts today at the Convent. The Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership programme for adult leaders in Scout associations throughout the world.

Defenders Of Gibraltar against Treaty celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

The Defenders of Gibraltar will be at Casemates tomorrow handing out leaflets about why it does not want the Treaty of Utrecht and how it is invalid.

FSC publishes self assessment

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

The Financial Services Commission has published a self-assessment paper on its performance as a regulator. It's inviting feedback from interested industry stakeholders. The deadline for comments is the 30th of September.

Treaty of Utrecht 300th Anniversary celebrated tomorrow; UK press reactions

Author: GBC

Date: 12 July 2013

Tomorrow marks 300 years since the Treaty of Utrecht was signed and officially brought Gibraltar under British sovereignty. A series of events is planned to commemorate the anniversary of the treaty, which helped bring an end to the War of the Spanish Succession.

Man sentenced to 16 months for theft and false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

A local man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for two counts of theft and one of false accounting, today in the Supreme Court. Sean Byrne had pleaded guilty to the charges last month, relating to the theft of a total of £15,850, in the form of debts owed by Jyske Bank, from last December to February of this year.

Bula made National Manager; GFA lose 2-0 to Charlton Athletic

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

The Gibraltar Football Association’s National Manager says he’s learnt valuable lessons from Wednesday’s game against Charlton athletic.

Man sentenced to 3 months for 700g Cannabis Resin

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

A local man has been sentenced to three months in prison today in the Magistrates’ Court, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply just over 700 grammes of cannabis resin.

Spanish Naval Ship Tarifa Incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

The British Government is to complain to Madrid following an incursion by the Spanish Naval Ship ‘Tarifa’. The Royal Navy issued warnings after the ship travelled in slow transit through British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on Wednesday.

Bathing not allowed at Western Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

Bathing is not allowed at Western Beach as the water has been contaminated by sewage from a storm water drain in La Linea.

'Reach' Reunion

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2013

Local band Reach have reunited after over decade away from the local music scene. The band will be performing at special concert on Saturday at the Retrenchment Block, in Lathbury Barracks.

Queen sends birthday greeting to 100 year old Michael Saliva

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

The Queen has sent birthday greetings to Michael Saliva who turned 100 this week. These were delivered by the Chief Minister, who also took with him a birthday card from himself.

Santos Productions Choir hold coffee morning ahead of European Choir Games

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

The Santos Productions Choir will soon be heading off to take part in the first ever European Choir Games. 74 countries will take part in the competition, which will be held in Graz in Austria, later this month.

Bayside School celebrates 40th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

‘The future for Bayside looks bright’, this according to the Chief Minister at a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the school. Fabian Picardo says standards keep going up in the secondary school.

Gibraltar Music Festival; free entry for children

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

The Ministry of Culture has released details of the arrangements for free tickets for children wanting to see Emeli Sande and Olly Murs at the Gibraltar Music Festival.

Channel 5 Gib series generating interest from UK viewers

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

Channel 5’s series, ‘Britain in the Sun’ seems to be generating a fair amount of interest from UK viewers who have requested more information from Gibraltar’s London Office.

Lima found not guilty of arson

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

A man has been found not guilty of five charges of arson in the Supreme Court. 19-year-old Dyson Lima had been charged in relation to a series of fires that took place in the Upper Town last year.

Chamber responds to Budget measures

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2013

The Chamber of Commerce has highlighted increasing Government recurring expenditure as one of its concerns. In its considered response to the budget, it says increasing recurrent government expenditure by 5 per cent when inflation is less than half, is likely to stoke the inflationary flame.

Parliament to debate Bill to license fishing

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The introduction of a licensing régime for fishing in Gibraltar Waters will move a step closer when a Bill for this purpose is debated at the next meeting of Parliament, scheduled to start on Thursday week.

Spain's mixing of politics & sport 'disgraceful', says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The Chief Minister has described the Spanish Government’s blatant attempts at mixing politics with sport as “disgraceful”. Mr Picardo’s comments follow the news that the Gibraltar Rugby Football Union's bid to join the European Rugby Association was blocked by Spain.

Coffee morning for World Youth Day group

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

A coffee morning was held on Saturday for the young people who’ll represent Gibraltar at this year’s World Youth Day. Members of the Diocesan Youth Group will be travelling to Rio de Janeiro on the 17th of this month, along with Monsignor Charles Azzopardi.

Small Boats Marina discussed at DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The Development and Planning Commission held a special meeting on Monday morning to discuss the Government’s proposals for the Small Boats Marina. An environmental certificate will soon be issued which will signal the final phase of development of the project.

Summer Lottery Draw: First prize of £250,000.00 goes to ticket number 00518

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The first prize of £250,000.00 went to ticket number: 00518 The second prize of £25,000.00 went to ticket number: 12233 The third prize of £10,000.00 went to ticket number: 24626 The fourth prize of £5,000.00 went to ticket number: 16105 The fifth prize of £2,500.00 went to ticket number: 05129

Bus Route 7 to start at 10am

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The Route 7 bus service to Mount Alvernia will start an hour earlier on week days, at ten in the morning instead of 11.

Afghan Ministry of Finance and Customs visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

Customs has hosted a delegation from the Afghan Ministry of Finance and Customs. The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the implementation of an automated system for Customs data, (Asycuda) and the development of E-Government modules and to discuss common initiatives and legislations.

Answers were given to the questions asked, insists the Government

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2013

The Government has described the Opposition's latest statement as ridiculous, pointing out that all the information it relies on is in the public domain. Number Six says this fact undermines the GSD's argument in such a way that there can be no question of Mr Picardo misleading the Parliament.

Feetham accuses Picardo of misleading Parliament and people over Sunborn

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