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Unite ‘fully committed’ to Cross Frontier Group as Netto steps down

Unite the Union said on Friday that it remained committed to the work of the Cross Frontier Group after its key representative in that organisation, Michael Netto, unexpectedly stepped down as chairman. Mr Netto, who represented Unite while the union held the rotating chairmanship of the Cross Frontier Group, told the Chronicle he was leaving...

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Childline sees 126% increase in calls this year, CEO says

Childline Gibraltar has implemented a call waiting system to cope with demand after a sharp increase of 126% in calls this year, its CEO Caroline Carter has said in the charity’s annual report. The report, which details the charity’s progress from July 2019 to June 2020, found a more than two-fold increase in the number...

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Surveys find Gibraltar sandwiched between UK and Spain on openness to Covid-19 vaccine

Three recent surveys on attitudes to Covid-19 vaccines suggest people in the UK may be far more likely to take a jab than those in Spain, with Gibraltar sandwiched somewhere in between. The latest survey was carried out in Spain and found less than a third of Spaniards would take a Covid-19 vaccine immediately. The...

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Gibraltar prepares as UK announces changes to A-level and GCSE exams

by Eleanor Busby, PA Education Correspondent, and Chronicle staff The UK Government has unveiled a package of measures for students sitting their A-level and GCSE exams in the summer to compensate for disruption to their schooling during the pandemic. Soon after the announcement, the Department of Education in Gibraltar said it had written to secondary...

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UK regulator defends itself after America’s top doctor criticises vaccine speed

By Jane Kirby and Nina Massey, PA The UK’s medicines regulator has defended itself against criticism from America’s top infectious disease expert, saying it has “rigorously assessed the data” for the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) commented after Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of...

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Be on guard when shopping online this Christmas, cyber safety experts warn

By Jamie Harris, PA Science Technology Reporter Online Christmas shoppers are being warned of the threat posed by cyber criminals after victims lost an average of £775 each last year. GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is launching a government TV advertising campaign to make people aware of scammers lurking online during the festive period....

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Overnight snowfall hits parts of UK as further wintry weather forecast

By PA Reporter Parts of Britain woke up to snowfall overnight and a warning that further wintry weather may be on the way. The Met Office said that wet snow fell on Friday morning across parts of Kent which may spread northwards with some snow over the Wealds and Downs of south-east England. Rain, sleet...

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Destruction of protected river ‘crime against environment’, says UK wildlife trust

By Josh Payne, PA A UK wildlife trust has said it hopes for a prosecution over the “bulldozing” of a mile-long (1.5km) stretch of a protected river. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) described the damage caused to the River Lugg as a “crime against the environment”, saying it has had “huge repercussions for wildlife downstream”. The...