Sep 03 - Regiment Selection Weekend Success

rgpTwenty-two young men attended the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s selection course last weekend. The hopeful candidates were tested on their physical fitness and teamwork. They also received presentations on what the next steps would be for them in training.

Seventeen of the 22 candidates on the selection weekend will now go on to complete a three week pre-training course in Gibraltar in preparation for the six month Combat Infantryman’s course. Five other candidates will join the B Company for the reserves Trained Soldier Course, conducted during training nights and weekends over several months.

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Sep 03 - New FSC Chief Executive Appointed

fscThe Financial Services Commission has announced that Mrs Samantha Barrass has been appointed as the Commission’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mrs Barrass will join the Commission on the 17th February 2014 from her current role as an Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in England and Wales, where she has been at the forefront of delivering the SRA’s high profile reform of legal services regulation.

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Sep 03 - Frontier Checks Continue at Peak Work Times

frontierDespite the release of Foreign Secretary William Hague’s statement to Parliament yesterday evening, detailing how unjust the Spanish frontier measures had become, queues this morning once again saw both vehicular and pedestrian traffic stalled to a halt as beret clad Guardia Civil officers, hailing from Seville, clamped down on customs checks.

Motorbikes were hit the hardest with Guardia Civil checking vehicular documents and passports. The peak times for these stringent checks appear to be during the mornings’ busiest hours, including 7 – 8 am and then 10 – 11 am when many cross frontier workers struggle to get to work on time.

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Sep 02 - Unite to Host Industrial Relations Conference

uniteLater this month Unite the Union will host a conference with the Government and a number of large employers, in order to discuss key industrial issues. The conference, set for the 18th and 19th of this month will aim tho discuss a spectrum of issues vital to the Gibraltar economy and labour market. A number of speakers, both local and from the UK will bring up topics such as; collective bargaining; industrial relations; dispute resolution; occupational health;  equality and diversity;  dignity at work;  joint training;  apprenticeships;  health and safety;  and collaborative arrangements.

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Sep 02 - Victory for SHSG – Schools to Offer GCSE Alternative to Religious Studies

shsgThe Secular Humanist Society Gibraltar has today announced that arrangements have been made for students in Gibraltar to opt out of taking their Religious Studies GCSE in order to take the alternative subject General Studies.

The announcement follows a campaign into the matter, started by the group, a number of months ago. They insist that the Department of Education has informed them that full arrangements have been made.

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