New governor visits the GHA

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Gibraltar’s new Governor, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel has visited St Bernard’s Hospital and the Primary Care Centre, in one of his first duties on the Rock.

The Governor met with the Minister for Health and Care the Hon Mr Paul Balban, the Principal Secretary Mrs Evelyn Cervan and the Medical Director (Ag) Doctor Krish Rawal. Sir David also had the opportunity of meeting other senior management staff.

The Minister Mr Paul Balban said, “I am delighted and honoured to receive the new Governor H.E. Sir David Steel at St Bernard’s Hospital where we discussed the functions of the GHA in a community such as Gibraltar and be able to share our recent and ongoing COVID experiences”.

New Recruits

Recruit School 2020: (Back Row) Training Officer Nicholas Balbuena (Middle Row L to R) BCO Steven Link, BCO Michael Ballester, BCO Amy Fortunato, BCO Felix Formica-Corsi, BCO Samara Tavares (Front Row L to R) BCO Allan Matto, Chief Executive Officer Aaron Chipol, Compliance Manager William Recagno, BCO Billie Jean Marin.

Robert Daws’ latest crime novel

Gibraltar-phile and friend to many on the Rock, Robert Daws, has signed with a new book publisher, Hobeck Books.

His third novel, Killing Rock, will be published this month and features character DS Tamara Sullivan, who’s been forced to take a secondment with the Royal Gibraltar Police after a career-threatening error of judgement as an officer with the London Met. Throw in a new boss, DCI Gus Broderick, battling his own personal demons, and you have the makings for another riveting Rock-based read.

Round Table Recording

Gibraltar’s branch of the Round Table is celebrating a double-whammy of awards after picking up two gongs from the international organisation.

Round Table is an international organisation with more than 31,000 members in 67 countries. It raises more than £24 million a year for charity, and carries out many community projects worldwide and in some of the poorest areas. 

Gibraltar’s success was two-fold. Round Table Gibraltar was awarded the prestigious “Community Service Project of the Year” for the Southern Europe and Mediterranean region. This is the first time, since the Gibraltar club was chartered in 1978, that it has received this award. This region includes stiff competition in the form of the likes of France, Italy, Switzerland and Morocco and has more than 4,000 members.

The award was given for Round Table Gibraltar’s charitable work throughout the year and specifically for its annual “Texas Hold’em Charity Poker” event, which saw more than 80 participants. 

GibSams was the beneficiary of the money raised.

In addition, local Barrister Nicholas Gomez received the “Round Table International Honour Medal”. This is the first time in history that a Gibraltarian Round Tabler has received this award, which has only been awarded 8 times previously in the organisation’s existence, as special recognition for exceptional service to the organisation and the movement. 

Nicholas works for Charles Gomez & Company and is a PR officer for Round Table Gibraltar.

Graham Cornelissen, Treasurer for Round Table International, presented this award for Nicholas’ legal work in respect of the organisation’s constitutional review and risk assessment/AML procedures, calling it “of critical importance to the whole of Round Table International” and thanked him for his hard work and insight.

Round Table International President Sebastian Walter added that the award was “very well deserved”.

Art Exhibition

Local artist Wanda Bush is exhibiting at John Mackintosh Hall from 1st-10th July in a showing called “For The Glory Of God”. Accompanied by poetry from Janet Pardo, the doors are open from 9am-3pm. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged to Clubhouse Gibraltar..

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