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Feb 21 - Government Shoots Down GSD Housing Claim

coach parkThe Opposition yesterday insisted that despite the Government’s manifesto commitment to provide homes for all those on Government Housing List by December 9th 2012, during their first term in Office, they have now stated that they will construct only 140 Government rental homes.

The Party notes that during Friday’s Parliament session Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Garcia announced that the Government intends to build 950 new homes, with only 140 of these to be for Government rental.

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Feb 21 - Customs Expands Computer System

customsLast year, Her Majesty’s Customs Gibraltar launched the Automated System for Customs Data Yacht Portal which has effectively managed the electronic clearance of over 700 pleasure craft and 5000 passengers and crew over the past three months.

As Customs’ next step into advancing their technology, they will introduce a simplified procedure for the collection of import duty for personal imports, initially at the Parcel Post Depot and Four Corners Station, with other out-stations to follow.

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Feb 20 - Fire at City Mill Lane

fire4pm: Two City Fire Brigade Appliances are currently working to exterminate a fire in premises at 56 City Mill Lane. Water is being pumped into the building and black smoke is rising out of the windows. Staff of J-Cool Air Conditioning and Refrigeration have been evacuated.

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Feb 20 - Spanish Government Insistent on Quadrilateral Forum

spanish flagThe Spanish Government intends on insisting to the UK Government, that the trilateral forum, that allows for talks between Gibraltar, the UK and Spain, must be converted to allow for a fourth party, the Campo de Gibraltar. The PP Government has made this point before but now intends to insist it.

Europa Sur reports that the Quadrilateral Forum would include representatives from La Linea as well as representatives of the entire region. The Spanish Government claims that they no longer object to the presence of Gibraltar in meetings, but will introduce a fourth party.

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Feb 20 - RGP Superintendent on Command Course

supt mcgrailRGP Superintendent Ian McGrail is currently taking part in the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, UK in order to prepare for future promotion to chief officer rank.

The course is being held by the ‘College of Policing’, which recently replaced the National Police Improvement Agency. The course comprises of three core modules: business skills, executive leadership skills and thirdly command skills. The delegates have been broken into five syndicates with each expected to work on projects as a team.

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Feb 20 - Locals Fined for Window Shutter Theft

gib courtsYesterday morning, locals Stephanie Brabin and Jose Marques Hurtado both pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court, to joint charges of theft and criminal damage.

The case dates to July of 2011 when Brabin and Hurtado, both aged 39, of 3 Raven House, Road to the Lines, were alleged to have stolen and caused damage to four window shutters, the property of the Government of Gibraltar.

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