Gibraltar honours list

Gibraltar honours list

Nominations for Her Majesty the Queen’s New Years Honours list for 2015 closed yesterday Friday 16th May 2014.

Gibraltar, being UK jurisdiction, holds her own successful nominees but how many will make it onto next years list?

How does the selection process work?

Anyone can nominate a candidate and submit :

a persuasive account of the outstanding or innovative or self-sacrificing services and achievements of the nominee, whether paid or unpaid, in one field or several, and what has raised them above those of others performing similar services.

People are awarded honours for:

People get honours for achievements like:

  • making a difference to their community or field of work
  • enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • long-term voluntary service
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • displaying moral courage and doing difficult things

Honours are given to people involved in different activities, including:

  • community, voluntary and local services
  • arts and media
  • health
  • sport
  • education
  • science and technology
  • business and the economy
  • civil or political service

Once nominations are closed they are scrutinized for suitability.  All nominees will be checked by various government departments to make sure they’re suitable for receiving an honour. This may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs.  So squeaky clean and no black marks, poor decisions or dubious behaviour allowed.

It’s not just toffs that get to nominate, you can too, so have your say and nominate someone you feel is really deserving.

For an online nomination form to nominate someone in Gibraltar use this link. Nominate

or simply email staffoff@candw.ky 

Even though the closing date for 2015 has passed there will be another opportunity to nominate for 2016.  Who would you nominate?  Perhaps Gibraltar herself deserves to be on the honours list for services to the United Kingdom.

The Gibraltar Flag

The Gibraltar Flag

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The flag of Gibraltar is a wonderful representation of all that the United Kingdom holds dear.  The simple values of equality, freedom, freedom of speech, tolerance, to set an example of dignity when all around are losing theirs.  That is the strength of the UK, and Gibraltar IS UK make no mistake about that.  And gibraltar-tourism.com is as British as the UK itself.

But a recent event has left a nasty smear on this good name.  The arrest of two Spanish journalists Wed 14th May 2014, in Gibraltar for simply flying a spanish flag!

What, we hear the subjects back home say?  Yes it is true, apparently.  Has anyone ever heard of someone being arrested on Bognor beach, or Camber Sands for flying a French, Spanish, other EU state flag, or even a flag of any country?  Not that we know of.  This is a first and a dark moment for the good name of the UK.

Have Gibraltar and the Royal Gibraltar Police taken leave of their senses?

Despite the bickering and rows between Gibraltar and Spain, Gibraltar has always held her head high and lead the way in setting a good example.  She has sat patiently in long hot queues for hour upon hour without lowering herself.  So why this incredible over-reaction.

Allegedly members of the public were stone throwing, it is not clear if any arrests were made over these alleged assaults, but statements are that the two spanish journalists were arrested for allegedly ‘causing a breach of the peace’.

It is as unclear that if any tourist were to mistakenly wear a spanish T-shirt, or perhaps commit the heinous crime of supporting Real Madrid in Gibraltar, would they too spend a few hours in the grisly cells at the hands of the RGP?  We certainly hope not.

Bad management can lead to the most catastrophic damage to the good name and reputation of Gib.  Poor judgement indeed.  We have certainly heard of weirder arrests in Gibraltar, but they are other stories.  Perhaps the motto of the Metropolitan Police could help as some guidance Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity.

In contrast to the over-reaction of the RGP, Facebook groups are hardly alive with talk of this incident, with only one mild mention found.  As Wednesday was a school and work day the beach at Catalan could hardly have been brimming with bathers!

The more pressing and urgent question is will this incident have ramifications for the good people of Gibraltar when in Spain?  Will there be retaliation to this childish incident?  We certainly hope not.  And what does the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo think about all this?  Does he support the RGP on this one, or will quiet whispers of advice filter back down the ranks to prevent this type of behaviour in the future?  Only Mr Picardo can answer that one.

Fabian Picardo in Casemates 29th June 2013, exclusive photo property of Gibraltar Tourism.

Fabian Picardo in Casemates 29th June 2013, exclusive photo property of Gibraltar Tourism.

No matter what childish provocation there is from self styled troublemaking journalists, grown ups are taught not to rise to it.  Spain is an EU cousin, like it or lump it, and remember worse things happen in Syria!  Where have all the grown ups gone?

This is NOT one of Gibraltars finest hours.

Gibraltar earthquakes

Gibraltar earthquakes

The Strait of Gibraltar and surrounding seas have regular, but minor, quakes.  Below are a list of the most recent years to give you some idea of frequency, strength and area.

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earth3  earth4

Earthquakes in the area are regular, so today’s Mag 3 is nothing out of the ordinary.    But is it any indicator of something more to come in the future?  Clearly it’s a delicate spot as the narrowest point between Europe and Africa and the two continents pushing one under the other.

It is anyones guess as to whether there is a serious earthquake to come, and more to the point any tsunamis created by such an event.  Back in 1755 there was a great earthquake that devastated much of the region including Portugal, particularly Lisbon.  As the quake struck the sea drained away, to the horror of the people, but 40 minutes later returned with vengeance in the form of a tsunami.

It is not clear if Gibraltar has any early warning systems or procedures in place in such an event but it might be something worth thinking about.  Reportedly waves the height of 20 meters swept along the coast of north Africa (Morocco), so one dreads to think how La Linea faired, or how down town Gib would do if such a thing were to happen.

The tsunami even made it all the way to Cornwall with waves 3 meters high!  Just goes to show how volatile the Azores-Gibraltar fault and Gibraltar Arc are.

1755 may sound like a long time ago but not really in the world of seismology.  Food for thought.

Gibraltar airport arrivals and departures live

Gibraltar airport arrivals and departures live here on this site.

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Arrivals

Departures

If you want to know the latest information on flight arrivals and departures at Gibraltar, as well as runway closures then look no further.

Sometimes, due to bad weather, Gibraltar flights are diverted to Malaga, which is a bit of a nightmare for the passengers and loved ones waiting for them, as it involves a long minibus journey from Malaga back to Gib.

 

The runway is 6000 feet in length (or 1828 meters) and has water at both ends.  Although an unusual configuration it is one of the safest airports to land and take off.  Only the very best pilots are allowed to land and take off, safety measures are extremely high and it is under the control of the Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence, so you can’t be in safer hands than that.

There are currently four airline operators transporting from Gib:

British Airways – London Heathrow

Easyjet – London Gatwick

Monarch – Birmingham / London Luton / Manchester

Royal Air Maroc – Marrakech

With hundreds of thousands of landings and take offs there has only been one really serious incident which occurred during WWII killing everyone onboard including  Lt. Gen. Władysław Sikorski, commander-in-chief of the Polish Army and Prime Minister of the Polish government in exile, but that’s another story.