Gibraltar ‘is the home of chess’ - Picardo

Yesterday, 31st January 2015

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo spoke of how many chess players around the world today saw Gibraltar as the home of chess and the Rock representing so much of what their game is.
The Chief Minister officially visited the Tradewise Chess Festival yesterday and was met at the Caleta Hotel by Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan, Festival Director Stuart Conquest, Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys, Casais Director Jorge Leiria, online commentator Elisabeth Pähtz and young Ana Cramling. Ana has been coming to Gibraltar every year since she was just three months old and today participates in the amateur tournament.

Commissioner asks JPs to probe police bullying allegations

Yesterday, 31st January 2015 - by Brian Reyes

Justices of the Peace are interviewing officers and civilian workers at the Royal Gibraltar Police individually about allegations of bullying in the force.
The interviews, which started on Monday and will continue next week, follow a request by police commissioner Eddie Yome to the chairman of the justices, Albert Langston.
The move comes just weeks after the Gibraltar Police Authority delivered a report into allegations of bullying at the RGP to Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Governor Sir James Dutton, who has ultimate responsibility for the integrity and probity of policing in Gibraltar. 

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Judge jails teen and warns of rise in ‘glassings’

Yesterday, 31st January 2015 - by Brian Reyes

A “well-mannered and respectable” Moroccan juvenile who glassed another teenager with a broken bottle was jailed for two years yesterday.
The 17-year old tried to stab the victim’s face after an argument, causing a 10cm long gash that pierced the muscle in the victim’s arm as he tried to protect himself. He lunged at him a second time, causing a wound to the stomach area.
In sentencing, Puisne judge Karen Prescott warned that violent incidents of this nature were becoming increasingly common in Gibraltar.
“Glassings in this jurisdiction seem to be on the increase,” she said, citing three other cases that have come before the courts this month.
“This must be a matter of concern for our small community.” 

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GSD casts doubt on value of Dr Giraldi inquiry

Yesterday, 31st January 2015

Reserving their position until they have digested the full Dr Giraldi home inquiry report by Sir Jonathan Parker, the GSD Opposition yesterday suggested that they are not yet convinced that the high cost inquiry has been a justifiable use of tax payers money.
In a carefully worded statement the GSD said that , pending the publication of the full report, they, at this stage, welcomed the fact that out of a voluminous and exhaustive document, comprising 4 volumes, 16 chapters and 10 annexes, “the Chief Minister’s brief conclusion of the same is simply that ‘any instances of mismanagement, misconduct and malpractice at the Home were infrequent and at the lower age of the scale for this type of behaviour’.”

Govt responds to ‘false reports’ on North Mole reclamation

Yesterday, 31st January 2015

Gibraltar Government has responded to “considerable misinformation is being circulated in sectors of the Spanish media” regarding the reclamation project at the North Mole in for the new power station by setting out a detailed timeline of the formal procedures that have led to this project.
Statements in the Spanish press have woven both political and environmental objections which the Government last night appeared to consider as disingenuous.

Tech problem lands Heathrow flight in Malaga

Yesterday, 31st January 2015 - by Mark Viales

 A British Airways flight from Gibraltar to London Heathrow landed in Malaga airport yesterday as a precautionary measure following a technical problem which was discovered.
A spokesman at the BA press office told the Chronicle that the decision was taken by the Captain who decided that it was best to allow engineers to investigate the issue.

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Half marathon for Gibraltar Cancer Relief

Yesterday, 31st January 2015

A donation of £2,231.06 was made to the Cancer Relief Centre after John Hunter raised the funds from competing in a half marathon in Seville.
This donation will be used to fund the different services offered by Cancer Relief Gibraltar to people who are touched by cancer and their families.

Governor calls at 2015 Tradewise Chess Festival

Friday, 30th January 2015

Governor Sir James Dutton gave emphasis to the “valued relationship” which exists between Gibraltar and the UK in a brief address to the chess players in this year’s Gibraltar Masters at the Tradewise Chess Festival. Welcoming the players during his visit he gave a brief explanation of his role as Governor of Gibraltar and spoke of being the link with the UK and representing Her Majesty the Queen in Gibraltar.

Bossano and Feetham agree Govt spending must allow for ‘rainy day’

Friday, 30th January 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

The Minister for Economic Development Joe Bossano yesterday declared his intention to use his new responsibilities to tighten up on the way government agencies are spending and acknowledged that governments should keep spending within their means.
In the absence of Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and prompted by questions from Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, in Parliament Mr Bossano conceded that there was a longstanding problem with overspending.

Giraldi inquiry chairman delivers report

Friday, 30th January 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

 Sir Jonathan Parker, the Chairman of the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry, yesterday delivered his report to the Gibraltar Government, which will be publish in full next week.
Sir Jonathan presided over the Inquiry which was set up following allegations of “mismanagement, misconduct and malpractice, including abuse” at the Dr Giraldi Home. The allegations spanned many years and dated back as far as 2002.
Confirming receipt of the report, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo yesterday hinted at its key findings.
“The report concludes that any instances of mismanagement, misconduct and malpractice at the Home were infrequent and at the lower end of the scale of this type of behaviour,” he said.
“That was the issue that most concerned my Government,” Mr Picardo added.

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Sunborn fire ‘possibly sparked by cigarette’

Friday, 30th January 2015

The fire next to the Sunborn Hotel could have been caused by a discarded cigarette, Parliament was told yesterday.
The fire destroyed a small building between the hotel and the casino in Ocean Village that acted as a service entrance to the Sunborn and was also used by staff as a smoking area.

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