Jul 15 - Jazz Pianist John Porter Passes Away

John Porter, the virtuoso jazz pianist who regularly played at the Eliott Hotel jazz sessions, sadly passed away last week. He was the first jazz pianist to come to play at the jazz sessions organized by George Posso in 1999.

Mr Posso said: “John was a great inspiration for all local musicians, the loss has touched all musicians and friends who knew him.”

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Jul 15 - EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Transposed into Gibraltar Law

albert isola In one of his primary moves as Minister with responsibility for Financial Services, Albert Isola has signed regulations transposing the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) into Gibraltar Law. The legislation is set to commence on the 22nd July.

Commenting on the move, Mr. Isola noted that the legislation provides Gibraltar with an excellent opportunity and competitive advantage, which should provide for further growth in this key area of Gibraltar financial services industry.

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Jul 12 - Police Promotions

Commissioner of Police Mr Eddie Yome CPM is pleased to announce promotions to the rank of Inspector and Sergeant.

The following officers have been promoted:

Inspector Thomas Tunbridge joined the service in 1998 and has served in various departments. Early in his career he served as a Community Constable, then as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Department and also in the Financial Crime Unit. He has also been deployed as a sergeant in uniformed policing.

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Jul 12 - Governor Awards Visiting Scout Group Leaders

scoutsAs part of the Midlothian Scout Group’s visit to Gibraltar this week, scouts, Kirsty Harrison and Peter Hyde were awarded their Wood Badge by acting Governor, Her Excellency Alison MacMillan. Kirsty completed her leadership training in order to become a Beaver Scout Leader, whilst Peter now qualifies as an Explorer Scout Leader.

The scout group, who hail from Scotland, have spent the past week in Gibraltar touring the Rock and visiting the Gibraltar Sea Scouts at their base.

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Jul 12 - Commonwealth Park Soil Manufactured Locally

Commonwealth Park needs about 3000m3 of soil for planting of trees and shrubs.

Under normal circumstances this would have been imported from Spain. Some issues arise with that on a scheme of this size, namely: the quantities, quality and consistency of the material cannot be guaranteed; there are doubts as to the environmental impact of the extraction process in Spain, especially given the current lull in construction activity; the possibility of delays and issues at the border, as with any other material and the transport operation equates to 150 journeys by heavy lorry from potentially far afield, with their consequent carbon impact.

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Jul 12 Drugs Conviction - Mor

Dwayne MorA twenty year old local man, Dwayne Mor of Barham House, Varyl Begg Estate was sentenced to three months imprisonment following his appearance at the Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Thursday 11th of July 2013.

Mor had pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of a controlled drug: 711 grams of Cannabis Resin and 9.2 grams of Herbal Cannabis. He had also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply of a controlled drug, 707 grams of Cannabis Resin.

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