May 03 - New Bandmaster for the Gibraltar Regiment

regiment bandmaster WO1 (BM) Craig Philbin officially passed the Baton to incoming Regimental Bandmaster WO1 (BM) Oliver Jeans as he prepares to leave the Army following a career spanning 25 years.

WO1 Jeans was previously the Bandmaster of The Band of The Parachute Regiment serving in Colchester. He recently moved to Gibraltar with his wife Julie and their two children Louisa (7) and Harrison (5). His first impression of Gibraltar is an impressive sense of history that he finds fascinating. He said: “I’m really looking forward to learning the traditions and customs so that I can choose sympathetic music to suit and adopt the ethos of the Regiment.”

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May 03 - Significant Progress for the Gibraltar International Literary Festival

literary festival Arrangements are progressing apace for the Gibraltar International Literary Festival, sponsored by Gibunco, which promises to be one of the cultural highlights of the year. The Festival will take place from 25th to 27th October 2013.

The event will bring together around eighty world-class speakers who will take part in talks, discussions and debates on a variety of topics ranging from children’s books to crime writing, history and cuisine.

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May 03 - Agnes Holmes Wins GHA Staff Awards’ Employee of the Year

ghaYesterday’s GHA Employee of Year Awards boasted a huge turnout, with 150 GHA staff members gathering at the John Mackintosh Hall to celebrate the long and loyal service of staff who have worked for the GHA for more than 25 years and a range of individual and team acts of outstanding performance in 2012 in the 8 individual award categories.

Awards were presented by Minister for Health, Dr. John Cortes and Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino. A total of 10 staff received awards for 25 years GHA service, 15 for 30 years’ service and 8 staff received awards for 35 years service.

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May 03 - British Forces Gibraltar Civil Servants Awarded Imperial Service Medals

imperial medalsThree civil service workers from British Forces Gibraltar were presented with an Imperial Service Medal at the Tower in the Naval Base today.

Mr Humberto Aguilera, Mrs Concepcion Pizarro and Mr Hedley Trico were presented their medals by Commander British Forces Commodore John Clink OBE. The medals are awarded to individuals leaving the service that have given over 25 year’s meritorious service.

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May 03 - Government Estate Refurbishment Project Kicks Off

chief ministerThis morning, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo joined current housing Minister Paul Balban in visiting the three main Government Estates as Cladding and insulation works begin. The project is part of the flagship project to refurbish Laguna, Glacis and Moorish Castle Estates.

The huge project, which will be carried out over the next three years, includes insulating, cladding, roofing and window replacement for all 34 apartment blocks in Laguna, all 8 in Moorish Castle and all 10 in Glacis Estate. Laguna and Moorish Castle Estates will also see lifts installed in many of their blocks. Commenting on the process, Lionel Recagno, Housing Infrastructure Manager noted that although the process will begin slowly, it will pick up.

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May 03 - Sandy Bay to be Restored!

sandy bayAs part of a Government manifesto commitment on beach restoration, an Inter-ministerial committee comprised of Tourism Minister Neil Costa, Technical Services Minister Paul Balban, and Environmental Minister Dr. John Cortes, yesterday announced the commencement of works to be carried out at Sandy Bay.

Sandy Bay lost a significant amount of beach area in recent years due to storms, so in order to make the beach useable once more, works to build two adjacent, curved groynes will commence in the coming weeks.

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