John Saunders reports: England’s Nigel Short, three times winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, fought back from a second round defeat to share the lead with Nikita Vitiugov of Russia at the end of round eight at the Caleta Hotel. The two players have 7/8 and lead Gata Kamsky of USA, Yu Yangyi of China and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France by half a point with two rounds remaining.
“What is it about Nigel Short and Gibraltar?” asked tournament director Stuart Conquest on Twitter (@stuthefox). He is not the only chess expert to be amazed by the form Short always shows here, year after year. Nigel Short was ninth in the start of tournament rankings in the Masters but he always raises his game at this tournament and thrives on the atmosphere at the event. He is currently on a run of six wins in a row in pursuit of the £20,000 first prize.
Natalia Robba takes today's Photo Competition with this magical photo capturing the Milky Way whilst on holiday in Florida this year with her family.
British national Leila MOUDDEN, born on 28th September 1987 of Ramillies House, Varyl Begg Estate, was yesterday 29th of January 2013 sentenced to 150 hours of Community Service by Mr Justice Black.
The PDP is proud of the GFA’s futsal squad on its historic achievement at the UEFA Euro 2014 preliminaries for their 7-5 win against San Marino and for their best efforts against the other stronger teams of France and Montenegro. Congratulations and what a great way to set out on the road to full membership. It is unfortunate yet unsurprising that Spain has immediately announced again its intention to take whatever legal action necessary to block Gibraltar’s membership.
We therefore welcome greatly the extremely positive strides made by the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) in becoming fully fledged UEFA members despite all the odds. The PDP offers its support in this endeavour and wishes the GFA the best of luck in the UEFA Congress where the GFA’s rightful place within the European football family will be decided on.
The PDP is also excited to know that both Gibraltar’s U19 and U17 squads will be competing against other European nations in their respective UEFA competitions. It is high time our developing players should be given this exposure to further their footballing dreams.
CTS (Gibraltar) Limited
The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority has removed CTS (Gibraltar) Limited from the Register of Authorisations maintained under the provisions of the Communications Act 2006 and has directed CTS to refrain from operating a mobile telephony network and fixed radiocommunications link.
The Direction, issued today, follows CTS’s failure to renew two licences and pay the statutory fees. In February 2012, the Minister for Communications issued a notification requiring that the fees be recovered as a debt. A penalty for non-payment of the fees was subsequently imposed on CTS by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority.
Anne Mesilio has dropped us another email with an update on the progress of the Special Olympics Team.
We have started a week of exciting competitions at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Media – Police Reports
From 0700hrs Tuesday the 29/01/2013to 0700hrs Wednesday the 30/01/2013.
1 Person arrested for Affray.
1 Person arrested for Assault on Police.
Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is pleased to note the success of the Meet & Talk Forum organised by the Bland Group and the Meet & Talk Forum team.
The Forum has brought together top agencies and meeting planners from the UK and Europe specialising primarily in the meetings, incentive, conference and exhibitions market. The Forum has helped to highlight the excellent products and services available in Gibraltar for this market.
The Gibraltar Tourist Board sponsored a welcome reception for those attending the forum on the eve of the opening day. The reception was attended by the Hon Neil Costa MP, Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port and the Hon John Cortes MP, Minister for Health and the Environment.