Boney M tops the bill in Winter Party

Yesterday, 20th December 2014 - by Alice Mascarenhas

Boney M stepped into glorious sunshine yesterday ready to join the Rock’s Winter Party as Gibraltar steps into Christmas week.
Original member of the group, Maizie Williams, performing for the second time on the Rock told the Chronicle it was great to come back to see the Rock again and the sunshine “I am looking forward to it” and “we are ready to party”.

Juvenile jailed for cocaine-fuelled robbery

Yesterday, 20th December 2014

A 14-year old boy who snorted cocaine before robbing a Main Street shop at knife point was jailed for eight months yesterday.
The boy entered Danny’s, a store at the southern end of Main Street, last September 8 wearing a balaclava and carrying a bread knife.
He was confronted by the shop’s owner, who grabbed the knife and suffered an injury to his hand.
The boy, who has a string of convictions despite his young age, was arrested after he fled from the scene.
He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. 

Tobacco giant wants ‘minimum price’ on Gibraltar cigarettes

Yesterday, 20th December 2014 - by Brian Reyes

Spanish tobacco manufacturer Altadis said yesterday that Gibraltar should hike taxes on cigarettes to reduce the volume of smuggling into Spain while maintaining public revenue.
This is the second time that Altadis, which is owned by British tobacco giant Imperial Tobacco, has openly called on the Gibraltar Government to increase duty on cigarettes.
But the message drew a cold response from the authorities here, who insisted they had already taken tough measures to clamp down on smuggling, in contrast to Spain which had instead softened its sanctions. 

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RG Regt ‘could recruit women for combat role’

Yesterday, 20th December 2014 - by Brian Reyes and agencies

Women could be allowed to serve as infantry soldiers in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment under proposals being discussed in the UK.
Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said he hopes women will be allowed to serve in British Army infantry and armoured units for the first time.
“Whatever changes affect the British Army would also follow through to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman told the Chronicle. 

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ALL ABOARD

Friday, 19th December 2014

A group of students from Westside School yesterday visited Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay organised by Gibraltar Defence Police Community Liaison Officer PC Jo Thompson. The trip gave students an insight into life on board the Royal Navy vessel as they were given a tour of the ship and met with a variety of crew members who explained her operational role. RFA Lyme Bay is capable of delivering a significant fighting force anywhere in the world; troops together with all the necessary vehicles, stores and ammunition to form the ongoing waves of an amphibious assault.
 

Garcia confirms risk of Gib single sky inclusion going to a vote

Friday, 19th December 2014 - by Dominique Searle

A decision from the Italian presidency of the Council of the European Union on how they intend to proceed with the current impasse with Spain over Gibraltar’s inclusion in the new EU single sky law could lead to member states taking a qualified majority vote and “anything could happen”.
This was revealed in Parliament yesterday by Dr Joseph Garcia, deputy Chief Minister. He is tasked with with EU matters and Civil Aviation. 

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Spain’s border progress under scrutiny in Brussels and London

Friday, 19th December 2014

The European Commission has confirmed that it is analysing Spain’s implementation of recommendations made by Brussels officials following their second visit to the border earlier this year.

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International warrant for La Linea paedophile

Friday, 19th December 2014

A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for a 60-year old man accused of sexually abusing a child from La Linea.
Police here confirmed that they were aware of the warrant for the Spanish man.

Spain arrests international drug traffickers based in Campo

Friday, 19th December 2014

Guardia Civil officers arrested a 25-strong gang that shipped drugs into Europe and laundered money from their base in the Campo de Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.
Two tonnes of hashish and 90 kilos of cocaine were seized in the operation, along with 40,000 euros in cash, 26 high-powered vehicles, three pleasure boats and a trawler.
The leaders of the gang were based in Algeciras and their network spread into Morocco, France and Italy. 

Joly outrageous, says Picardo

Friday, 19th December 2014

The apparent hard-line turn taken towards Gibraltar from the once moderate publications of the Grupo Joly - including Europa Sur - appeared to provoke an angry response from the Gibraltar Government yesterday after the newspaper misreported employment measures recently gazetted.

LITTLE AND LARGE

Friday, 19th December 2014

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane is pictured on the runway at Gibraltar earlier this week and as British Airways passenger flight prepared for take-off. The rare image of a military aircraft in such close proximity to a commercial plane was captured by keen photographer Moses Anahory.