Gold star

Today

Caitlin Rodriguez has won the IDO European Showdance Championship in the Children Solo Female section. She is the first Gibraltarian to become a European Champion achieving a Gold win and beat tough competition from countries like Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Czech Republic. There were 23 entries in her category. She Danced her way to the top in the piece called ‘Can a Robot have feelings’ choreographed by Gerald Rodriguez after three rounds reaching the final with an exceptional group of young girls. Team Gibraltar will be arriving at the coach park on Sunday at approximately 6.30pm. The picture shows Caitlin with her trophy and Seamus Byrne the GNDO president.
 

Picardo raps Xiberras over ‘cheap insult’ to Financial Secretary

Today

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has issued a robust defence of newly appointed Financial Secretary Albert Mena after an ‘unprecedented attack’ by Maurice Xiberras in an opinion column in this newspaper last week.
Writing in today’s Chronicle, Mr Picardo hits back at what he describes as an attempt by Mr Xiberras to “disqualify and denigrate” Mr Mena by questioning his suitability for the post and suggesting cronyism in the manner of his appointment.

GFSA accuses Opposition of ‘sour grapes’ in net fishing row

Today

The chairman of the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers [GFSA] yesterday lashed out at the Opposition’s ‘simplistic’ view on net fishing in Gibraltar waters.
In a letter to this newspaper and other local media, Mario Ramos said the GSD’s criticism of the Gibraltar Government on this issue was ‘misplaced and misdirected’.

Police appeal over missing person

Today

The Royal Gibraltar Police has issued a public appeal for information after a Spanish cross-border worker was reported missing.
Antonio Velasco Rodriguez, aged 34, works for a local gaming company and lives in Sotogrande but has not been seen for over a week.
He last phoned his family on the morning of November 19, 2014, from Spain.
Concerned relatives contacted the Guardia Civil after he failed to turn up at work the next day. They have also been in touch with police officers here.
Antonio is about 1m 75cm in height, of a slim build, has brown eyes and has short brown hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Royal Gibraltar Police Control Room on +350 20072500 as soon as possible.
 

Govt steps up school checks after loud bang

Today - by Eyleen Sheil

 A health and safety official will police the construction site beside Governor’s Meadow school during school hours following another loud bang from the site yesterday.

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Busy Convent

Today

 The Convent Christmas Fair proved a resounding success yesterday, despite the wind and rain. By the end of the day, 1,800 visitors had dropped in to browse, the highest turnout in recent years.
Stalls selling a variety of homemade items, craft items, food items and some well-known products lined the hallways of the Convent and filled two function rooms including the ballroom.
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to see the good girls and boys of Gibraltar as the queue for his grotto rivalled the one at the frontier.
Christmas songs filled the courtyard as many visitors took time to enjoy the tasty delights from the tearoom.
Pic by Eyleen Sheil

DPC clears new parking project

Today - by Cristina Cavilla

 Over 1,000 car parking spaces will be made available after the Development and Planning Commission yesterday approved a new 10 storey coach and car park on the site of the old Naval Ground.  

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Care Agency users pitch in for Convent Christmas Fair

Yesterday, 27th November 2014

Service users from St Bernadettes Resource Centre and Waterport Day Centre, along with residents of Mount Alvernia, have been working hard over the past few months learning new skills with which to prepare a wide selection of arts and crafts for a stall at today’s Christmas Convent Fair.

Local ship agent tables Old Town hotel project

Yesterday, 27th November 2014 - by Eyleen Sheil

Plans for a new hotel in the Old Town were filed with the Development and Planning Commission by ship agent Turner & Co in a bid to provide suitable accommodation for crewmembers following the closure of the Queen’s Hotel.

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Feetham highlights Rock’s economic potential in Spanish press

Yesterday, 27th November 2014

Opposition leader Daniel Feetham has urged Spain to break from the ‘sterile’ politics of the past and work with Gibraltar to generate economic growth that will benefit communities on both sides of the border.
In an interview with Spanish national newspaper El Mundo published yesterday, Mr Feetham said there was ample room for dialogue and cooperation between the well-known red lines marked out by each government.