May 02 - International Academic Interest in Gibraltarian Author

text news Professor John Stotesbury of the University of Eastern Finland recently presented a paper on Gibraltarian author’s M. G. Sanchez’s work at the University of Zaragoza’s “Acts of Remembrance Conference”.  His presentation was held on April 25 at the University's Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación. In his talk Professor Stotesbury focused on M. G. Sanchez’s novella Diary of a Victorian Colonial, demonstrating how it uses the narrative form of a dying man's diary not only to recreate the character's immediate past but also to "remind" modern readers of Gibraltar's colonial history.  The event was well attended, with several of the attendees later quizzed Professor Stotesbury about Sanchez’s books. This is the first time that a Gibraltarian author has been the subject of a scholarly talk at a Spanish university.

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May 02 - RGP Brings Back Dog Section

police dogs Following a series of years of not being capable to obtain a Dog Section, the RGP has today announced the reintroduction of five German Shepherds from the South Yorkshire Police that will be trained as General Purpose Patrol Dogs.

Four of the dogs and their respective police handlers commenced training on Monday 29th April 2013. The dogs and their handlers will undergo a rigorous 13 week training course in Gibraltar run by Mick Gentile a Dog Handler Instructor with the South Yorkshire Police. The training includes animal husbandry and welfare as well as aspects of legislation, dog handling skills and tactics.

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May 02 - Gibraltar Government Powers Towards Tax Evasion Eradication

govtAs an issue that is raised by many outside of Gibraltar, the Government has today declared that they are taking steps towards eradicating tax evasion in Gibraltar. They have insisted that they are committed to continuing work the UK Government, and the wider international community, on a new package on tax transparency.

The initiative was advocated within the Overseas Territories’ White Paper. A Government statement released this morning added, ‘the Gibraltar Government is confident that it already has in place a robust regime for the rooting out of tax evasion, particularly through its membership of the EU and full compliance with EU rules. It is committed to pursuing this agenda with the UK in agreement, and subject to consultation, with the finance industry in Gibraltar.’

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May 02 - Rotary Awards for Charity Work and Dedication

rotary club awards The Gibraltar Rotary Club’s annual Vocation Award Presentation and Speaker’s Party was held recently, at the Royal Calpe. The awards are offered by the Rotarians to give recognisance to members of the community that are ‘worthy of special attention’. Three awards were presented to ‘a young person’, ‘a civil or public servant’ and ‘an Elder’.

President of the Club, Jennifer Stentiford hosted the event. She presented the Youth Award to Ben Donohue who was nominated for his selfless dedication to raising money for the Jamie Inglis appeal. 8-year-old Ben carried out a marathon swim at Nuffield Pool last summer, in order to raise £10,000 in aid of 3 year old Jamie Inglis, who suffered from Nueroblastoma. Ben made the decision to raise the funds without even meeting Jamie.

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May 02 - 6th Annual GHA Staff Awards

ghaThis evening will mark the 6th annual GHA Staff Awards Ceremony at the John Mackintosh Hall. GHA staff and their families will attend the ceremony to receive awards for their long service with the GHA. In addition there will be eight special awards given to GHA staff in recognition of outstanding individual and team performance in 2012.

These awards have been the subject of nominations from patients, relatives or carers of patients, and GHA staff, and cover a number of categories including; GHA Support Services Employee of the Year – Behind the Scenes, GHA Support Services Employee of the Year – Frontline, GHA Nursing Assistant/Auxiliary Nurse of the Year, GHA Qualified Nurse of the Year, GHA Allied Health Professional/Healthcare Scientist of the Year, GHA Ward/Department of the Year, GHA Doctor/Dentist of the Year and GHA Employee of the Year.

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Apr 30 - Spring Art Competition

spring festival logoThe Ministry of Culture wishes to remind local artists of the Spring Art Competition, which will be held in May as part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival. Closing date for receipt of entries is 6pm on Friday 10th May 2013.

The competition is open to Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar aged 16 and over as at 22nd May 2013. A maximum of two paintings and two sculptures may be submitted by each artist. Works must be original and not previously entered competitively, except for entries submitted in the Agency’s art competition for Young Artists. Entries will be exhibited at the John Mackintosh Hall, from the 23rd May to the 7th June 2013.

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