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15/12/2017 11:07


35th anniversary of the reopening of the border

Wednesday, 13 December, marked the 35th anniversary of a landmark event in Gibraltar, the opening of the border with Spain after a blockade imposed by General Franco in 1969 which lasted for 13 years. Although Franco died in 1975, it was not until

15/12/2017 11:06


New commissioner of police appointed

It was announced this week that Gibraltar's new police commissioner will be Superintendant Ian MacGrail, who will take over from Commissioner Eddie Yome in May next year. Mr Yome, who took up his post nearly six years ago, had been due to retire i

15/12/2017 11:05


A new way of looking at the Gorham's Cave complex

A new viewing platform for the Gorham's Cave complex was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Minister for Heritage, Professor John Cortes. Gorham's Cave is the last known home of the Neanderthals and it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site i

08/12/2017 13:19


Swift response to oil spill limits damage to the environment

A minor oil spill occurred at Western Arm in Gibraltar on Wednesday at about 1pm, but the problem was quickly resolved. The incident happened when a yacht which was refuelling suffered an overflow from the tank vent on deck. The yacht crew immedia

08/12/2017 13:18


HM Customs at Security Expo 2017 in London

Senior officers from Gibraltar's HM Customs department recently attended the UK Security Expo at Olympia in London, and were able to hold meetings with their counterparts from the UK Border Force. The Security Expo is a major event which tackles

05/12/2017 17:49


Christmas charity event raises nearly £1500

The Ocean Village Magic Christmas event last weekend raised £1,476.26 for the Research into Childhood Cancer charity, and it was the most successful fundraising event in the history of Ocean Village. Children and adults alike enjoyed musical shows

01/12/2017 14:11


Immigrants and charities complain of conditions in Archidona prison

Lawyers acting for nearly 500 illegal immigrants who are being kept in the new prison in Archidona while their deportation papers are being processed claimed this week that the conditions in which they are being kept are inadequate, something the Spa

01/12/2017 13:44


Talk by Auschwitz survivor next week

The Ministry of Equality has arranged a talk by Auschwitz survivor Arek Hersh and holocaust education adviser Mike Levy at the King's Bastion Leisure Cinema on 7 December at 6.30pm. Tickets cost five pounds and can be purchased from the John Macki

01/12/2017 13:42


A Magical Christmas has begun in Ocean Village

It may have rained, but nobody's spirits were dampened in Ocean Village on Wednesday evening at the start of the Magical Christmas event which aims to raise funds for Research into Childhood Cancers (RICC). After being showered with artificial sno

27/11/2017 12:50


Three honoured in the Mayor's Awards

The Mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, conferred three awards on members of the local community at a special ceremony at City Hall on Thursday, 23 November. The two silver Mayor's Awards were presented to Manuel Vilerio, in recognition of

27/11/2017 12:48


Magical Christmas event for children's cancer charity at Ocean Village

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Ocean Village will once again be hosting its Magical Christmas celebration to raise funds for Research into Childhood Cancer. Last year's event raised £1,126 and the organisers hope that this year will be even more s

24/11/2017 12:54


Gibraltar's Festival of Lights kicks off the Christmas season

The Christmas illuminations will be officially switched on today, Friday 24 November, at 7.20pm. The celebrations begin earlier, from 5.45, with performances from the Sea Scouts Pipe and Drum Band, GAMPA singers, Stylos Dance Studio and the Bishop

18/11/2017 19:04


Improved signs for pedestrians

New signs have been installed along Waterport Road to guide passengers walking between their cruise ships and the city centre. In the past, some people have unwittingly crossed North Mole Road and Waterport Road in dangerous places, so the signs h

17/11/2017 14:25


Christmas fair attractions

The traditional Christmas fair attractions will be in Gibraltar again this year throughout the festive season. They will be in John Mackintosh Square from Saturday 2 December to Sunday 14 January and will be open all day. All rides will be pric

03/11/2017 14:10


Triple triumph for Fairhomes Group

The Fairhomes Group has been honoured by three awards in the European categories of this year's International Property Awards, for its Imperial Ocean Plaza, which won the Best Residential High Rise, and the World Trade Center which won Best Office De

03/11/2017 14:09


Sensory show at this year's International Magic Festival

...gibraltar. This year's International Magic Festival will take place at the John Mackintosh Hall from 20 to 26 November, and this year there is a very special new addition: on Saturday 25th at 1.30pm there will be a sensory magic show specifically des

03/11/2017 14:06


Plans to revolutionise education in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar government has announced plans for a "huge step forward" in education, with plans to rebuild or update every school on the Rock before the start of the new educational year in 2019. The aim of the ambitious project is to benefit all l

03/11/2017 11:34


Successful Open Studios event in Jimena

The old saying "size doesn't matter" can be applied just as well to the world of art as to other aspects of life, as the recent Open Studios event in Jimena de la Frontera demonstrated very well. Only seven artists were taking part and there had be

02/11/2017 19:56


Is the internet affecting our health?

Margoti Blanco Ayala returned home from a short trip to Madrid and sat down to check her emails. Within a very short time she started to feel ill and, thinking she had perhaps picked up a virus, went to bed until she felt better. Once she had recov

27/10/2017 13:10


Date set for next year's Song Festival

The Gibraltar International Song Festival 2018 will be held on Saturday 2 June and the closing date for entries is 12 January. The organisers say that although they have only just 'opened for business' they have already received some great songs whic

27/10/2017 12:30


The town in America where wi-fi has been banned

There are no mobile phones or wi-fi in the town of Green Bank, in West Virginia, because the government's massive, highly sensitive Robert C Byrd radio telescope is based there and anything which could interfere with its listening power is prohibited

27/10/2017 12:25


Malaga celebrated the opening of its own Picasso Museum

Monday 27 October 2003 will go down in history in the city of Malaga, as the day when the long-awaited Picasso Museum finally opened to the public. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, in the house in the Plaza de la Merced which is now run as a galle

13/10/2017 17:00


CAA rescue operation will end on Sunday

The Civil Aviation Authority's programme to rescue stranded Monarch passengers is due to be completed on Sunday. Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, said on Wednesday: "Our two week flying programme to bring home 110,000 people from across

06/10/2017 14:18


Art competition entries invited

Entry forms for the 44th International Art Competition are now available from The Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates, The Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery in City Hall and the John Mackintosh Hall. Entries can be handed in to the Gustavo Bacarisas ga

06/10/2017 14:07


The Garden of Serenity, in memory of pregnancy losses and stillbirths

A 'Garden of Serenity' has now been opened in the grounds of St Bernard's hospital, as a place of remembrance of babies who died during pregnancy or were stillborn. At the inauguration this week, the Minister for Health, Neil Costa, said: "My mini

22/09/2017 18:12


Improvements made to Gibraltar's St Bernard's Hospital

The A&E department at St Bernard's has been refurbished and expanded as part of a programme to streamline patient care. The minor injuries unit can now attend to five patients at a time instead of two, thereby reducing waiting times. The A&E now

22/09/2017 14:40


RGR helps to train officers in Chile

An officer from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment recently travelled to Santiago, in Chile, as a member of the team which was assisting members of the armed forces in Pre-Deployment Training. The Chilean officers were to be part of the UN forces in Cyprus

22/09/2017 14:36


International magicfestival in November

The second edition of the hugely successful Gibraltar Magic Festival will take place from 20 to 26 November at the John Mackintosh Hall this year, with award-winning illusionists from France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Gibraltar. Tickets

22/09/2017 14:24


Deputy chief minister tells UK Gibraltar needs a free-flowing border

Dr Joseph García, deputy chief minister and leader of the Gibraltar Liberal Party, attended the annual conference of the UK Liberal Party in Bournemouth this week and participated in a panel discussion on Brexit and its effects on the UK's three land

11/09/2017 10:40


Red, white and proud

Gibraltar city centre was filled with red and white on Sunday as the people dressed in their traditional colours and celebrated not only their National Day but also 50 years since the first referendum took place on whether to remain British or accept

08/09/2017 12:30


Gibraltar prepares for its National Day celebrations

National Day, 10 September, is always an important event on the calendar but this year it is especially so, as 2017 marks 50 years since the first referendum was held to decide whether Gibraltar should remain British or become Spanish. As a result

08/09/2017 12:23


Art and fitness join forces in Gibraltar

They may not sound like a regular pairing, but fitness and art are to join forces in Gibraltar this autumn under a new initiative called Fitness Gallery. Organised by the Ministry of Culture together with personal trainer Kezia Lopez, the event will

08/09/2017 12:18


Carson City pays a scheduled visit to Gibraltar

The USNS Carson City, an Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel (EFT), visited Gibraltar on Wednesday 6 September. EFTs are 338-foot shallow draft aluminium catamarans, and are multi-mission, noncombatant transport vessels designed to operate in shal

08/09/2017 12:12


Gibraltar rocks to its MTV Music Festival

The sun was hot and energy was high last weekend, as Gibraltar rocked to its biggest and best music festival to date. Called 'MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling' this year, thanks to it being organised in conjunction with MTV for the first time, thou

05/09/2017 15:20


Chance to visit the Mayor's Parlour at City Hall this week

The mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Lopez, has opened the Mayor's Parlour at City Hall to the public this week as part of the National Week celebrations and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. The Mayor's Parlour was restored to

01/09/2017 19:27


Online gambling giant receives record fine

One of the UK's biggest online gambling firms, 888, which is registered in Gibraltar, has been fined a record £7.8 million by the UK Gambling Commission after an investigation into its social responsibility processes. The commission said it had found

01/09/2017 19:24


Police want witnesses to come forward

The Royal Gibraltar Police are asking for anyone who mayhave seen a suspected assault take place in the Upper Town on Wednesday morning to contact them. The incident took place at approximately 11.30am and a 21-year-old man needed hospital treatme

01/09/2017 15:09


Government donates bikes to Morocco

There has been a happy ending to the failed Gibibike scheme which was introduced by the previous government in 2011: 50 of the bicycles have now been made roadworthy and donated by the present Gibraltar government for use in Morocco, via the Internat

25/08/2017 17:32


Government insists no cause for alarm after tiger mosquitos detected

The public health authority and environmental agency have confirmed that the so-called tiger mosquito, aedes albopictus, has been detected in Gibraltar, but say there is no cause for alarm because the viral diseases which can be transmitted by these

11/08/2017 17:54


Spain says it will not use Gibraltar to jeopardise Brexit

Spain's foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, appeared to offer a conciliatory tone over Gibraltar in an interview with a Spanish newspaper this week, saying that his government will not use it as a bargaining tool to jeopardise Brexit. There had been

04/08/2017 18:47


Firefighter from Gibraltar becomes British champion

The British Firefighter Challenge competition, which took place recently at De Montfort University in Leicester, has been won by Matthew Coulthard from Gibraltar. Matt is part of the local Firefighter Combat Challenge team, who have recently been

28/07/2017 20:00


Ricky Martin to perform at Gibraltar Music Festival

Superstar Ricky Martin will be giving an exclusive one-off show at the MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling music festival in September. The Puerto Rican singer will be bringing his World Tour to the Rock on Saturday 2nd, and tickets are expected to sell o

21/07/2017 15:27


Britain's former attorney general on fact-finding tour of Gibraltar

Britain's former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, made a short visit to Gibraltar last week, following previous contact with the attorney general of the Rock, Michael Llamas. After a meeting with the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, Grieve was update

19/07/2017 19:15


Gibraltar rocks in summer

It may be small but Gibraltar is packed with interesting places to visit and things to do, and its climate in the summer is lovely, often cooled by sea breezes while southern Spain is sweltering in the heat. It is definitely an inviting place to be o

14/07/2017 14:13


Two million protest against Basque terrorist murder

On 14 July 1997 Spain's biggest ever protest took place, as two million people all over the country took to the streets to condemn the Basque separatist terrorist group ETA after it murdered Miguel Ángel Blanco Garrido, a young Partido Popular counci

14/07/2017 13:34


Grant for new Gibraltar Samaritans branch

The new Gibraltar branch of the Samaritans has been awarded a £10,000 grant towards expenses and setting up costs by the government. The cheque was handed over to Marie Lou Guerrero, the chairwoman of Gib Sams, earlier this week by Neil Costa, mini

13/07/2017 20:37


King's reference to Gibraltar was diplomatic but still caused anger

The king had generally been expected to refer to Gibraltar in his address to the UK Parliament, but there was speculation as to what he would actually say. Some Tory MPs threatened to walk out of the chamber if he tried to claim Gibraltar for Spain,

07/07/2017 19:57


Neanderthal child's tooth found in Gorham's Cave complex

The Gorham's Cave complex in Gibraltar, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site almost exactly a year ago, is a gift that just keeps on giving in terms of historical importance. This week it was confirmed that a strange tooth which had been

07/07/2017 19:54


Delegation of US Congressmen in Gibraltar on a fact-finding visit

A delegation of three members of the United States Congress arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening, on a fact-finding visit. The Congressmen, who all serve on the Appropriations Committee, were the Committee Chair Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

03/07/2017 16:14


Freedom of the City for artist Christian Hook

Artist Christian Hook was presented with the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar at a glittering ceremony on board the Queen Victoria cruise ship earlier this week. Christian, whose work is currently being exhibited on the ship, is one of only 14 ind

01/07/2017 11:08


First minister of Wales visits Gibraltar to discuss Brexit

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, arrived in Gibraltar late on Thursday, for a short working visit. His visit took place against the background of the decision taken in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and came as the re

29/06/2017 13:12


Exhibition about Gibraltar's 1967 referendum continues until 7 July

It was an event which marked the future of the Rock and is still tremendously relevant today: on 14 June 1967 the UK government announced that a referendum was to be held in Gibraltar on whether to "voluntarily retain the links with Britain, with dem

22/06/2017 10:18


First participants announced for Gibraltar Literary Festival

The names of the first confirmed participants in the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival have just been announced, and it is already promising to be a fascinating event. The festival consists of talks by a variety of different expert

19/06/2017 16:15


Telephone roaming charges came to an end in Europe last week

The EU officially put an end to telephone roaming charges within its 28 countries on Thursday, a popular move which began a decade ago when many people started to complain about the shock of receiving extortionate bills after using their phones abroa

09/06/2017 18:13


9 June 1976: An important step towards post-Franco democracy in Spain

On 9 June 1976, the Spanish authorities approved a law to authorise the existence of political parties, an essential step towards the country's first democratic elections since 1931, following the Franco dictatorship. Those elections took place in Ju

09/06/2017 14:47


Gaucín, home to art in every shape and form

From textiles to clocks, weaving to mosaics, ceramics to paintings, sculptures to photographs: the works of the artists who took part in the recent Open Studios event drew hundreds of people to the picturesque village of Gaucín over the past two week

09/06/2017 14:23


Security is stepped up in Gibraltar in the wake of UK terror attacks

Extra security measures are being implemented in the town centre of Gibraltar, following recent attacks in London where terrorists used vans to drive into groups of people. Temporary barriers have been erected at the ends of Main Street and inters

09/06/2017 12:19


The election may be over but the wait continues

There may be a general sigh of relief in the UK that the snap election is over and Brexit negotiations can now begin, but the waiting continues for British people living in Spain who are concerned about their future. British residents watched on T

02/06/2017 12:53


Footballers to compete in Summer Games

A team of eight footballers from Special Olympics Gibraltar will play in a five-a-side competition in La Spezia in Italy next week. The competition is part of the Special Olympics National Summer Games. The athletes will be joined in northern Ital

02/06/2017 12:51


Governor's Lane worksare now complete

Improvement works being carried out to Governor's Lane recently have now been completed, and a pavement has been constructed on the western side of the street to make it safer. This was previously a notoriously dangerous road for pedestrians. The

02/06/2017 12:48


Talented youngsters win butterfly competition

The winners of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens Butterfly Competition received their prizes in a ceremony held at the gardens on Wednesday. Over 65 children took part in the competition, which was held to mark World Biodiversity Day, and the director

02/06/2017 12:12


Another cruise ship visits Gibraltar, as La Línea plans to compete

In recent years Gibraltar has become increasingly popular as a port of call for cruise liners, and this week the TUI Discovery 2 joined the list of nautical visitors to the Rock. This ship was built in 1995 and operated by Royal Caribbean as the L

26/05/2017 13:10


Book-Crossing event on Saturday 3 June

Book lovers take note - as part of the Spring Festival, there will be a Book-Crossing event at the cathedral of St Mary the Crowned on 3 June between 11am and 2pm. This is an ideal opportunity for keen readers to leave books they have read for others

26/05/2017 13:09


Newcastle Building Society to close

The Gibraltar government has been notified by the Newcastle Building Society that the local branch is to close, after 27 years on the Rock. It will continue to honour existing mortgages, but the office is due to close down in October. Eight staff are

26/05/2017 13:08


It's nearly Calentita time again

The annual Calentita food festival will be taking place on Saturday 10 June from 7pm to 1am in Grand Casemates Square, Market Place and Corral Road. This popular multicultural event is now in its 11th year, and this year the food stands will include

26/05/2017 13:03


New 'Redibike' bicycle hire scheme comes into operation in Gibraltar

People in Gibraltar are being encouraged to leave their cars at home for environmental reasons and use one of the new bicycles which are available under the 'Redibike' scheme which has just been launched. This is also seen as an excellent way for tou

25/05/2017 14:34

What to do

Open Studios Art Event

This year's Open Studios art event in the beautiful village of Gaucín will take place from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May and from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June. This event goes from strength to strength, and visitors come from far and wide to visit the s

15/05/2017 17:42


Open Day at Gibraltar Museum on 20 May

The Gibraltar Museum in Bomb House Lane will be holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 20 May, from 10am until 6pm. Entry is free, and this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about Gibraltar's fascinating history and nature, including its

12/05/2017 12:16


Deputy chief minister on Brexit panel

Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio in the Gibraltar government, is speaking as a panellist at a Brexit convention which is taking place in London today and tomorrow. Other speakers are expected to include Richard C

12/05/2017 12:08


Fabulous fashion show raises funds for Bosom Buddies charity

It was a glittering occasion, and not only in terms of the fabulous fashions being modelled on the catwalk: a few glittering tears of emotion were also shed on the evening of 21 April at Grand Battery House in Gibraltar, as over 300 people watched ca

10/05/2017 16:19


Anonymous hotline for health service complaints

An anonymous hotline has been set up by the Ministry of Health and the Gibraltar Health Authority so that local residents and staff members can report any concerns about the local health service. The number to call is 20007919, and callers will be

05/05/2017 13:14


Crowdfunding initiative for a biodome in Alameda gardens

The team at Alameda botanical gardens have come up with an interesting idea to raise funds for a biodome, as part of their education programme. Under the slogan "Buy a plaque, build a future", they are asking people to donate money for different-size

05/05/2017 13:08


Live-feed cameras now showing swift nests

Two live-feed cameras have just been installed to show the nests of one of the Rock's best-known visitors, the pallid swift. The Ministry of the Environment hopes the cameras will help raise awareness of the fascinating lives of these birds, and enco

05/05/2017 10:18


5 May 1808: Carlos IV of Spain abdicates for the second time

Charles IV of Spain, or to give him his full name, Carlos Antonio Pascual Francisco Javier Juan Nepomuceno José Januario Serafín Diego, was born in November 1748 and was king for 20 years, from 14 December 1778, when his father died, until his abdica

03/05/2017 15:46


Gibraltar celebrates Macaque Week

Next week, from 1 to 7 May, is International Macaque Week and on Monday the AWCP will be holding its second Macaque Awareness Open day at the park from 2 to 5pm, celebrating the 23 species of macaque in the world. There will be free entrance to th

02/05/2017 14:32


Hillsides dementia care facility opens

A new residential facility for Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers was officially inaugurated this week. 'Hillsides' is on the site of the old Royal Naval Hospital, near the Bella Vista Dementia Day Centre. It caters for 52 patients who need full-

21/04/2017 12:09


Chance to volunteer at Gorham's Cave

The Gorham's Cave complex will soon be celebrating its first year as a Unesco World Heritage Site and the Gibraltar Museum has decided to mark the anniversary by giving local people the chance to help with the excavation this summer, which will take

18/04/2017 10:24


Bosom Buddies charity fashion show on 21st

Don't forget: the gala fashion show in aid of Bosom Buddies breast cancer charity takes place next Friday, 21 April, at Grand Battery House/Landport. The evening kicks off with a cocktail at 7.30pm and the show, which also includes professional model

18/04/2017 10:21


Classical concert as part of Spring festival

Lovers of classical music should make a note of the forthcoming concert, 'A celebration of opera', which will take place on Tuesday 16 May at the Convent Ballroom at 8pm. This concert is part of the forthcoming Spring Festival, and is organised by th

18/04/2017 10:15


New measures to improve A&E service

The Gibraltar Health Authority is carrying out reforms to improve the Accident and Emergency department. The measures have included deploying two additional charge nurses to the department, so a highly skilled senior member of the nursing staff leads

17/04/2017 15:04


Events throughout the year to mark 50 years since referendum

The Gibraltar government has announced that several events are being planned this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the first referendum, in which the residents of Gibraltar decided that they wanted to remain British rather than accept the offer o

11/04/2017 15:00


New security checks could mean long border delays

New EU security controls were implemented at Schengen borders with effect from Friday 7 April and as a result it is possible that there will be delays for pedestrians and motorists entering and leaving Gibraltar. In fact, there were queues of over

07/04/2017 14:38


"Together, we can beat cancer"

Five years ago, Luisandro Moreno had everything going for him. A professional model and personal trainer, enjoying life in his native Gibraltar with his family, this 31 year old had everything to live for. And then he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

07/04/2017 14:30


Fashion show for the Bosom Buddies Trust

On April 21 Luisandro, who as well as being a successful businessman is also a professional model and personal trainer, will be taking part in a Gala Fashion Show for the Bosom Buddies breast cancer association. The event will begin with a cocktail a

07/04/2017 11:23


Investiture of new mayor of Gibraltar

Kaiane Lopez was sworn in as the new mayor of Gibraltar at City Hall on Tuesday, the third female mayor in the Rock's history. The former Miss World, who was deputy mayor, takes over the post from Adolfo Canepa, and the new deputy mayor is John Gonça

04/04/2017 16:35


Gibraltar flung to the forefront prior to Brexit negotiations

For many who voted for Brexit in last year's EU referendum, Wednesday 29 March was a long-awaited day of celebration. Triggering Article 50 was like firing a party gun and releasing colourful streamers to add to the fun and festivities. A few days

24/03/2017 14:24


Sad news of death of Maurice Xiberras

The flag on the Parliament building was flown at half-mast on Tuesday to honour the memory of Maurice Xiberras, whose death was announced this week. Xiberras was a former member of the House of Assembly and was a government minister from 1969 to 1972

24/03/2017 14:22


Route 7 added to Bus Tracker application

The number seven bus route has now been included on the government's Bus Tracker Webapp, as part of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan. This route goes to Mount Alvernia, via Europa Road from Orange Bastion on Line Wall. The 'Nig

24/03/2017 11:52


'Thinking Green' digest now available online

The latest version of the Thinking Green Digest, produced by Gibraltar's Department of Heritage, Environment and Climate Change, is now available online at It explains the work carried out by the DECC in 2015

24/03/2017 11:44


House of Lords expresses strong support for Gibraltar post-Brexit

Chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph García were in London on Tuesday for meetings and for the evening debate in the House of Lords about the impact which Brexit is likely to have on Gibraltar. Afterwards, the Gibraltar

17/03/2017 14:40


HMS Ocean arrives in Gibraltar for short stay

Britain's largest operational warship, HMS Ocean, has arrived in Gibraltar for a short stay after a six-month deployment, some of which was spent east of Suez as the Command platform for Combined Task Force 50. This helicopter carrier and assault shi

17/03/2017 14:34


Date set for the 'Calentita ' festival

This year's Calentita festival will take place on Saturday 10 June in Grand Casemates Square, and those interested in having a stall there should contact for further information. This annual event has grown from just ten small ten

17/03/2017 11:33


Fatboy Slim announced as another festival act

It was announced this week that Fatboy Slim, whose new single 'Where U Iz' is racing up the UK charts, will be appearing as a headline act at the Gibraltar Music Festival, which has now been reborn under the format of 'MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling'

17/03/2017 11:19


Gibraltar to be the starting point for the Eurafrica Trail this year

The Eurafrica Trail, the first mountain race in the world to be held in two continents and three countries, will be starting from Gibraltar for the first time this year. It is due to take place over five days from Wednesday 11 October, finishing on S

10/03/2017 12:38


New drugs haul recovered from sea

Drugs with an estimated street value of £6.3 million were recovered from the sea off the east side of Gibraltar on Wednesday, in a joint operation between the Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs. The authorities were alerted to the presence of th

10/03/2017 11:50


Working group established to investigate gender equality

Samantha Sacramento, Gibraltar's Minister for Equality, took the opportunity on International Women's Day on 8 March to announce that she and her team are working on ways to encourage progress towards true gender equality at work. As part of these pl

03/03/2017 12:02


Gorham's viewing platforms to open soon

Last summer the Gorham's Cave complex was classified as a World Heritage Site and now new viewing platforms are being created for those who want a good look at the place which was the last known home of the Neanderthals. The platforms will have roo

03/03/2017 11:49


Government defiant after defeat by House of Lords

It has been hailed as a victory and also as a humiliating defeat for the British government. On Tuesday the House of Lords voted 358 to 256 to amend the Article 50 Bill by including a clause to safeguard the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Bre

24/02/2017 13:41


'Sailing Yacht A' leaves after debt is settled

The multi-million pound futuristic 'Sailing Yacht A' spent longer in Gibraltar than intended this week after it was refused permission to leave because of a financial dispute between the owner and the German shipyard where it was built. The yard clai

24/02/2017 13:11


Deputy chief minister holds talks about land borders post-Brexit

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia visited London this week for further meetings related to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, and one of those meetings was with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire

17/02/2017 12:37


Gibraltar's World Trade Center has now been officially inaugurated

The latest addition to the World Trade Center Association Network is now open in Gibraltar, following the official inauguration by chief minister Fabian Picardo on Wednesday. The ceremony was conducted by Picardo, deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Ga

16/02/2017 11:08


Major police operation almost brings Gibraltar to a standstill

It is not unknown for traffic in Gibraltar to be brought to a standstill because of delays at the border with Spain, but on Wednesday this occurred for a different reason: the Royal Gibraltar Police carried out a major operation at the airport, closi

16/02/2017 11:08


La Línea mayor visits for talks on Brexit

The Mayor of La Línea, Juan Franco, paid another visit to the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments with regard to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and its effects on Gibraltar and

06/02/2017 10:31


Concern over emissions from CEPSA refinery last weekend

Thick black smoke filled the air around the CEPSA refinery on the Spanish mainland last weekend, as the result of what was reported to have been an electrical fault. As the wind direction was east/southeast at the time the smoke and fumes were blown

27/01/2017 14:36


Chief minister addresses Select Committee about Brexit impact

Chief minister Fabian Picardo appeared before the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues regarding Gibraltar and the impact of Brexit. He was quick to refute recent claims from Sp

27/01/2017 14:34


Chess championship now taking place

The Tradewise Gibraltar Open chess tournament began on Tuesday and will continue until 2 February. The event at the Caleta Hotel begins at 9.45am daily with the Challenger/Amateur rounds, and the Masters following at 3pm. Different activities also ta

27/01/2017 14:27


British government loses Brexit appeal at the Supreme Court

In a landmark decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court in the UK ruled that the British government cannot trigger Article 50 to officially notify the European Union of Brexit without the approval of Parliament. The judges decided by a majority of 8-

27/01/2017 14:25


New car purchased for the Bishop of Gibraltar

The bishop of Gibraltar, the Right Reverend Carmelo Zammit, was presented with the keys to a new car by the mayor, Adolfo J Canepa, this week. The vehicle was purchased with funds donated by the public and parishes for 'The Mayor's Bishop Zammit Fund

27/01/2017 14:21


Quality of Gibraltar's sea water improves

Statistics have just been issued for the quality of the sea water off Gibraltar for 2016 and they show that it is constantly improving. All waters used for swimming are analysed on a weekly basis and classified in accordance with the 2006 standard

20/01/2017 13:53


Mayor of Chiclana's official visit to Gibraltar

José María Román, the mayor of Chiclana, paid an official visit to chief minister Fabian Picardo on Wednesday, to discuss the possibilities of cooperation between Gibraltar and his municipality. Román is reportedly most interested in the prospects fo

20/01/2017 11:44


Drums and turnips for an early Christian saint and martyr

January 20th is St Sebastian's Day, the patron saint of athletes and archers. This early Christian saint and martyr is often depicted in art and literature as a handsome young man, tied to a tree or bound to a stake, with numerous arrows piercing his

17/01/2017 10:12


Chief minister speaks out about legal case accusing him of torture

Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, says he will not be losing a minute's sleep over the fact that members of the right-wing Vox political party have lodged a case against him with the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, accusing him of instigating

17/01/2017 10:12


Gibraltar airport beats passenger records

Gibraltar Airport has recorded an increase of 23.6% in passenger growth in the first 10 months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. From January to the end of October, 468,874 passengers used the airport, an increase of 89,665 on the same

17/01/2017 10:12


Jimena's long-awaited 'Casa de la Memoria Histórica' opens

Members of the Gibraltar government were among those invited to the inauguration of the 'Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda' in Jimena de la Frontera last Friday. This project to commemorate victims of Francoism during the civil war is the culmination o

17/01/2017 10:12


Royal Navy fires warning flares at Spanish research ship

The Royal Navy fired several warning flares at the Spanish research vessel Ángeles Alvariño in a tense stand-off which lasted several hours on Sunday, when the Spanish ship failed to respond to radio communications and repeated orders to leave the wa

06/01/2017 13:52


Chess festival takes place this month

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival will be taking place from 23 January to 2 February this year, and will once again be held at the Caleta Hotel. The chess festival has been described by the Financial Times as "the strongest and best-organised

30/12/2016 10:04


Governor says Queen is proud of Gibraltar

In his first Christmas message since becoming Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General Edward Davis thanked the local population for the warm and friendly welcome he and his wife Lorraine had received from the very first moment they arrived on the R

30/12/2016 10:04


Government denies claims that it will buy water from Spain

The Gibraltar government has announced that it has no plans to buy water from the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar, following reports in the Spanish press that Gibraltar was considering a contract of this type. An article last mont