SOFA GRILLING

Today

 Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is pictured above being interviewed by Risto Mejide for a future episode of ‘Viajando con Chester’, the popular series on Cuatro television. The Spanish interviewer is well known for his dry, cutting humour and incisive wit. He rose to prominence as a judge on the Spanish television shows Operación Triunfo and Tú sí que vales, where he was loved and loathed in equal measure for his hard-hitting views, which drew comparisons to Simon Cowell. The programme recorded yesterday will look at relations between Gibraltar and Spain. As well as Mr Picardo, the Catalan interviewer also spoke to several people in the Campo including fishermen from La Linea and Algeciras, politicians and a representative of the Guardia Civil union.
Pic: Johnny Bugeja

Montiel claim ‘not about jobs for the boys’

Today - by Brian Reyes

 Former GSD minister Luis Montiel wanted a transfer into the civil service to be “outside the reach” of Employment Minister Joe Bossano, with whom he had “a fractured relationship”, the Supreme Court was told yesterday.
Mr Montiel has filed a judicial review application asking the court to overturn a government decision that he says wrongly prevented that transfer after he left ministerial office ahead of the 2011 general election.
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Govt defeats OHL £26m airport tunnel action

Today - by Dominique Searle

 A bid by a Spanish construction giant to walk away from the part-dug Gibraltar airport underpass with £26m in its pockets, battled against by a Gibraltar Government led team of lawyers, was rejected in the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday.
The three billion euro annual turnover global firm Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (OHL) has three weeks to file an appeal against Mr Justice Akenhead’s decision to reject their claim against the Gibraltar Government. Observers have said is unlikely to succeed if pursued because the grounds accepted were highly detailed and technical.
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The pub patrol

Today

 Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) visited pubs in Gibraltar to seek their co-operation in preventing under aged drinking and nasty episodes of binge drinking.

Cross-Border group of concerned citizens meets Governor on cross-frontier issues

Today - by Mark Viales

 For a Humanitarian Frontier, a group of concerned citizens from Gibraltar and Spain, called on the UK to send Foreign Secretary William Hague or Europe Minister David Lidington to Gibraltar in order to witness the problems at the frontier for themselves.
The call was made following a meeting with the Governor yesterday where the group said a visit from the Foreign Office minister was ‘long overdue’.
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Gibraltar’s under-19s 2 - 2 Hungary Under-19s

Today

Gibraltar’s under-19s welcomed visitors Hungary Under-19s to the Victoria Stadium for their first full international fixture in front of the Rock’s faithful supporters.
Hungary arrived with vast experience having previously reached the 2008 European Championship Final tournament in 2008.
Pic: Johnny Bugeja

Fire chiefs warn against untrained climbing

Today

 The City Fire Brigade rescued two young people last Saturday evening from a cliff-face on the Upper Rock near O’Hara’s Battery.

Towler’s Tweet

Today

 A UKIP candidate for this upcoming European election, Gawain Towler, tweeted yesterday that he knew there had to be a benefit being in the European Union – porn.

Long road works

Today

 Works to reinforce the foundations of the new catering facility at St Bernard’s Hospital is starting this week and expected to last 12 weeks, resulting in the restriction of access in the basement area to authorised vehicles only.

INHOPE warns against growing internet abuse

Today

 The International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) has said online child sexual exploitation is likely to rise in the coming years, due to more people being online globally coupled with higher levels of demand for new abuse material.

ART START

Yesterday, 16th April 2014

 With the weather taking a brighter turn yesterday these children were in Casemates yesterday brushing up on their painting skills. Pic: Johnny Bugeja