Royal Gun Salute
To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 96th birthday, a 21-Royal Gun Salute was fired by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment at Grand Battery House.
Special Olympics Reception
His Worship the Mayor, Mr Christian Santos GMD hosted a reception for the athletes of the Special Olympics Gibraltar who will shortly be participating in The Special Olympics Malta Invitational Games.
15 athletes were selected to travel to Malta to compete in the Games amidst 550 athletes from 23 countries. They will be accompanied by National Director and Head of Delegation Annie Risso and the coaches of the four sports the Gibraltar athletes will compete in: swimming, athletics, bowling events and 5-a-side.
His Worship welcomed the athletes, coaches, the Executive Committee of Special Olympics Gibraltar, sponsors and guests to the Mayor’s Parlour. Also in attendance were the Minister for Equality, The Hon. Samantha Sacramento MP and Deputy Mayor Carmen Gomez, who joined His Worship in wishing the athletes the very best for the Malta Invitational Games.
Nico Goes back to school
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students at Bayside School were visited last week by Chef Patron Nico Fitzgerald, who demonstrated a number of high-skilled dishes. Nico is a London-based chef who was born and raised in Gibraltar. He recently reached the quarter finals in Masterchef: the Professionals and is currently in the process of opening his own restaurant in St Albans, Llanito by Nico Fitzgerald.
GCSE students work towards making 3 complex and layered dishes of this nature in just 3 hours at the end of their GCSE. Watching Nico cover some of the skills they have already been building and showing them how to put together attractively presented plates gives them the confidence that they can produce quality dishes at the end of the course.
This amazing opportunity saw Bayside’s Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE students watch Nico make confit chicken leg and pan-fried chicken breast with spiced celeriac purée along with boulangère potatoes and charred tender stem broccoli, accompanied by a chicken and madeira jus and tarragon oil. This was followed by an apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and raspberry fluid gel.
During the demonstration Nico asked the students questions and offered explanations to link the cooking methods to the theory they are developing in their GCSE. Students were fascinated by the multiple layers of skills and the level of preparation that goes into making these dishes in a restaurant. The different career pathways in this valuable profession and the possible routes they could take should they wish to gain experience in this field were explained.
Senior Teacher Analise Benitez said, “This was a really valuable opportunity for students to learn first-hand from a professional in the field. Thank you Nico – it not only looked stunning but we can honestly say it tasted absolutely amazing!”
AMBULANCE STAFF ACE TEST
The GHA’s Ambulance Service recently held an Emergency Response Driving test for their three new Ambulance Care Assistant members of staff; Mr Francis Vallejo, Ms Joely Borda and Ms Naomi Martinez.
Stuart Ryan, Chief Ambulance Officer (Ag) said, “I am absolutely delighted that Francis, Joely and Naomi have all successfully completed and passed their Emergency Response Driving Test.
I would like to thank our driving instructors Mr Paul Watson and Mr Charlie Noguera for their continuous efforts in making this possible.”
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE
The GHA marked the International Day of the Midwife with a stand in Cathedral Square that explores and celebrates the past, present and future of Midwifery. Director General Patrick Geoghegan also paid a visit.