Mar 27 - Government to Work with Barclays on Gibraltar Branch Review
Following local reports claiming that Barclays Bank is set to carry out a review of their Gibraltar branch, the Government has said that they were briefed yesterday on the circumstances behind the review of the business in Gibraltar and across the European operations of the Bank, as announced in the conclusions of its Strategic Review on the 12th February.
On Saturday morning at around 11 am a small fire broke out within one of the Rotisserie machines in take away Cornwall’s Chickens. The blaze spread to the extractor and following a quick response from the staff, the City Fire Brigade were called. Two Fire Appliances went sent to the area. The fire was kept under control and then put out.
Mar 26 - Gibraltarian Author to Feature in Italian Book
Gibraltarian author M. G. Sanchez will be one of the authors featured in a forthcoming book of essays published later this year by the Italian publishing house Neos/ Terrenia. The book will be entitled Ritorno a Babele: prove di globalizzazione (Return to Babel: rehearsing Globalisation) and is being edited by Dr Cristina Trinchero.
One of the essays in it has been written by Dr. Esterino Adami of the University of Turin and will be entitled La Rocca di Babele: narrazioni e trasformazioni linguistiche in M. G. Sanchez (The Rock of Babel: narratives and linguistic transformations in M. G. Sanchez).
As part of the GNDOs attempt to revamp the organisation, President Seamus Byrne has announced the new Committee, including vice president, Adrian Lopez and Secretary Belize Cortes. The reshuffle also includes Noemi Chipolina on the Working Committee along with Wendy Garro, Shawn Gonzales and Alfred Rumbo. IT Support will include Elijah Cruz and Alan Pereira.
Commenting on the initiative, Seamus Byrne noted, ‘my aim is to take the GNDO to another level and help our dancing fraternity raise its dance standards. One way to do it will be providing opportunities at competitions in other dance genres other than Show Dance, in Jazz, Modern and Street Dance. And we will also provide educational development programmes through dance workshops, summer schools and the possibility of bringing professional companies.
Mar 26 - GGR Calls Upon Mayor to Adopt New Attitude Toward LGB Community
In a hard-hitting but polite Open Letter, Chairman of Equality Rights Group, Felix Alvarez, has called for the post-holder of Mayor of Gibraltar and his or her Office to adopt ‘a new and better attitude towards the LGB community.’
Within the letter Mr. Alvarez recalls the current Mayor, Tony Lima’s, work in honouring ‘diverse sectors and individuals in the community of Gibraltar’, and welcomes his celebration of diversity in distinct areas of our society. He goes on to point out that throughout the past 13 years, and the tenure of a total of 7 Mayors in that period, ‘we have seen no manifestation or sign of similar respect, acknowledgment or inclusion from either yourself presently or from your worthy predecessors in the past’ towards the gay and lesbian community.
Mar 26 - HMS Dragon Embarks on its Maiden Voyage to the Middle East
Appearing majestically amidst the grey mass of cloud and sea, Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Dragon docked in at Gibraltar yesterday morning for the crew’s first overnight stay on their Maiden voyage to the Middle East, where the vessel is set to carry out anti terrorist operations.
The vessel’s prime role is Air Defence, in order to protect the UK National and allied forces against enemy aircraft and missiles. She is fitted with the UK variant of the world-leading Principal Anti-Air Missile System which includes the UK designed Sampson multi functional radar. The radar includes a feature that allows for those on the bridge to see a 3D image of the entire ship; it is also capable of scanning the surrounding area.
The FSC yesterday published a guide aimed at helping consumers understand the different aspects of payment services, which are covered under the Payment Services Directive. This Directive was transposed into local legislation via the Financial Services (EEA) (Payment Services) Regulations 2010.
The guide provides information for consumers on the payment services industry. It advises consumers about important matters to consider and areas to look out for when carrying out transactions with a payment services institution.
After many years, the Gibraltar Health Authority will once again be offering training opportunities for all its nurses, which will allow Nursing Assistants to be able to attain the grade of Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse locally.
Training to Enrolled Nurse was done away with some years ago. With nurse registration in UK becoming degree-only, it left those, usually young, nurses who did not have A-levels unable to progress in their careers or in their nurse training.
Nestle customers are being advised about a recall of the company’s Kit Kat Chunky bars and Giant Easter Eggs due to several individuals in the UK reporting small pieces of plastic found in the products.
For precautionary measures the Company has recalled all of the 48g Kit Kat Chunky bars in Peanut butting, hazelnut, choc fudge and caramel with best before dates ranging between September 2013 to February 2014.