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24/09/2021 13:19


Freedom of the City conferred on RAF

On Saturday 18 September the mayor of Gibraltar, Christian Santos, conferred the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar upon the Royal Air Force, for its support for and contribution to Gibraltar over the years, including flying in the supplies of Covid va

24/09/2021 13:18


Gibraltar to offer third Covid-19 vaccine

The Gibraltar government announced recently that a booster Covid vaccine is to be offered to everyone over the age of 50, six months after they have received their second jab, and also to frontline health and care workers, people aged between 12 and

09/08/2021 18:20


Gibraltar government publishes a Bill regarding medicinal cannabis

The Gibraltar government has published a Bill to precede a new law regarding the production, import, export, marketing and supply of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The government says it is keen to support the efforts of the private sector by est

23/07/2021 13:30


23 July 1980: Spain wins first Olympic medal for swimming

On 23 July 1980, David López-Zubero became the first Spanish swimmer to win an Olympic medal. He came third in the 100 metres butterfly with a time of 55 .13 seconds, earning him a bronze at the Games in Moscow. The gold medal for this event was won

23/07/2021 12:45


Large events cancelled in Gib due to Covid cases

The Gibraltar government announced on Thursday, 22 July, that it was "reluctantly" cancelling all large events scheduled to be held on government premises until September, due to the steady increase in Covid-19 cases. The only events that are perm

23/07/2021 12:30


Gibraltar police rescue and arrest illegal migrant

Royal Gibraltar Police officers rescued a man from a small inflatable body board two nautical miles south of Europa Point on Wednesday evening. The man, who is believed to have come from North Africa, was wearing a wet suit, and was in distress and

23/07/2021 12:26


Gibraltar's abortion law comes into force

Following last month's referendum, Gibraltar's new legislation allowing abortion has now come into force. Abortions may be carried out by Gibraltar Health Authority doctors at St Bernard's Hospital in certain, tightly defined circumstances. If,

16/07/2021 12:56


Wizz Air summer rescheduling affects Gibraltar

Gibraltar's tourism minister, Vijay Daryanani, says Wizz Air's decision to cancel its flights during August was the result of the change of UK government policy, whereby people who have been vaccinated no longer have to quarantine when returning to U

16/07/2021 12:50


New website for Gibraltar's Ministry for Heritage

Those interested in Gibraltar's heritage can now find full details on the new website, which has just been launched after two years of work. The site includes information and photographs on listed structures, post boxes,

09/07/2021 11:57


New book on Gibraltarian customs to help local charity

Tuesday this week saw the launch of a new book by local author Clive Beltran, at the John Mackintosh Hall. The book, called Yodo Morao And All That, describes Gibraltarian customs, practices and sayings, many no longer in use, and some long forgot

09/07/2021 11:47


UK's largest aircraft carrier visits Gibraltar

Britain's biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is in Gibraltar for a few days for a logistics visit, its first outside the UK. For some of the newest sailors on board this is their first run ashore other than Portsmouth. The 65,000-to

09/07/2021 11:17


Gibraltar government urges caution as Covid-19 pandemic evolves

The number of active cases of coronavirus continues to creep up in Gibraltar and, amid concerns over the evolution of the Delta variant, the government has decided to cancel the fair this summer and the Saturday Night Live events, both of which attra

09/07/2021 11:10


Appeal for witnesses after body found in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar police are asking for help in their investigation into the death of Gabriel Mihai, a 19-year-old local man whose body was found in the Alameda Gardens at around 9.20am last Sunday. They would like to hear from anyone who spoke t

02/07/2021 18:06


Gibraltar marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

On 1 June the Gibraltar government marked the start of Pride Month by flying LGBTQ+ Pride flags at different locations around the Rock, including the land frontier and No. 6 Convent Place, Gibraltar's equivalent of 10 Downing Street, and on Monday, 2

28/06/2021 19:40


John Mackintosh Hall to be transformed

Gibraltar's John Mackintosh Hall is to be transformed into a National Theatre and Cultural Hub, with 900 to 1,000 seats, a lending library and multipurpose performing arts studio. A special foundation is being set up with a board of trustees to ra

18/06/2021 17:33

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Full programme of events to mark Armed Forces Day in Gibraltar

British Forces Gibraltar (BFGib) is planning a fun-packed day on Saturday 19 June to mark Armed Forces Day, a week ahead of the day itself on 26 June. There will be a ceremonial march from John Mackintosh Square to the Naval Base from 10am, and the b

18/06/2021 14:13


EU negotiations over Gibraltar could take a while yet

The negotiations over a treaty about Gibraltar's future relationship with the EU might be concluded by the end of this year, says chief minister Fabian Picardo, although he hopes it will be earlier, possibly by the end of September, so that what is a

11/06/2021 14:01


UK Home Office team visits Gibraltar to discuss contingency plans

A delegation from the UK's Home Office Border Force has been visiting Gibraltar this week as part of contingency preparations between the UK and Gibraltar governments in case it turns out that no agreement is possible regarding Gibraltar's future rel

11/06/2021 13:12


11 June 1933: Spanish aviators fly non-stop to Cuba

Eighty-eight years ago today, two very tired but euphoric aviators landed at Camagüey aerodrome in Cuba. It was 3.55pm, and they had flown their plane non-stop for 40 hours, since leaving Seville. Incredibly, they had travelled over 7,000 kilometres

28/05/2021 15:58


Freedom of the City awarded to Adolfo Canepa

Adolfo Canepa, a former government minister, mayor, chief minister, leader of the opposition, acting governor and Speaker of the Gibraltar parliament, was awarded the Freedom of the City at a ceremony on Wednesday. He was presented with the Keys o

14/05/2021 12:33


Riots in La Línea following deaths at sea

Police in Gibraltar were warning people to keep away from La Atunara area of La Línea de la Concepción on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, as riots broke out after two men drowned when their boat developed difficulties. The 51-year-old and 19-year

14/05/2021 12:29


Gibraltar prepares for an influx of tourists this summer

The news that Gibraltar is one of 12 destinations on the UK's 'green light' list for travel this summer was warmly welcomed on the Rock, and the authorities have begun a campaign to promote its attractions as a safe place for a holiday, short break o

14/05/2021 12:20


No new cases of coronavirus reported in Gibraltar

After more than a month with no new cases of Covid-19 detected among the population of Gibraltar, and with the vast majority of residents and cross-border workers vaccinated, the government has announced that staff working in a café, bar, restaurant

07/05/2021 14:41


BA City Flyer brings Gibraltar-London City flights forward

In response to the expected announcement that Gibraltar will be on the UK's green-light countries for travel this summer, BA City Flyer has decided to bring forward the start of its new service from London City Airport to Gibraltar to 11 June. It h

30/04/2021 17:36


30 April 1931: The opening of Madrid-Barajas airport

Ninety years ago today, 30 April 1931, Madrid's Barajas airport welcomed its first official flight. The plane hadn't come far, less than 30 kilometres, in fact, from Getafe. Four sites had been proposed as the location for the new Madrid National Air

30/04/2021 17:32

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Gib Culture v Covid show opens on Tuesday

The Culture v Covid exhibition at the John Mackintosh Hall will be officially inaugurated on Tuesday, 4 May. It features artistic and cultural works produced during the past year and shows how the arts have provided a lifeline for many, bringing a

30/04/2021 17:20

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Gibraltar Drama Festival to get under way from 17 May

It has been confirmed that this year's Gibraltar Drama Festival will take place from Monday 17 to Friday 21 May. All performances will take place at the Ince's Hall Theatre and there will be a total of 12 plays in all. Tickets are now on sale,

30/04/2021 17:13


First transplant at St Bernard's hospital in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Health Authority has carried out its first human corneal transplant at St Bernard's Hospital. The surgery was performed by Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr Magdalena Popiela. The team worked closely with the Venice Eye Bank in Italy

30/04/2021 17:09


Gibraltar pays tribute to the victims of the 1951 Bedenham explosion

A wreath-laying ceremony took place on Tuesday morning to mark the 70th anniversary of the explosion of the naval armament carrier RFA Bedenham. The ship had arrived in Gibraltar on 24 April 1951, and three days later the crew were unloading depth

23/04/2021 14:05


Lucky escape for a drowning eagle

An eagle that was close to drowning had a lucky escape on Tuesday, after being attacked by seagulls and injured. It was rescued by Marine Section officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police who had spotted it struggling in the sea close to Gorham's Ca

23/04/2021 14:01


Genome sequencing will soon be possible in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Health Authority will soon be able to carry out whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV 2 virus that causes Covid-19. The service will be located at the GHA's Covid Laboratory, which is currently at the University of Gibraltar. It wa

23/04/2021 13:57


This could be a good summer for tourism in Gibraltar

This summer could bring a boost for tourism, the Gibraltar government believes, as this could be one of only a few places on the 'green list' of permitted destinations for travellers from the UK. Gibraltar has flights from several UK airports, is

16/04/2021 18:33


Face-to-face meetings at Gibraltar's One Stop Shop

The Business Liaison Team's One Stop Shop will begin face-to-face meetings with members of the public from next Monday, 19 April. The first phase launched on 1 February to provide via email support and guidance to individuals on the business start

16/04/2021 13:11


Governor of Gibraltar learns about the Rock's postal history

The Governor of Gibraltar, Sir David Steel, visited the Royal Gibraltar Post Office at 109 Main Street on Thursday, where he was greeted by Glendon Martinez, Director of Postal Services, and by the Minister for Postal Services, Vijay Daryanani. The

10/04/2021 13:50


Gibraltar pays tribute to Prince Philip

A gun salute in honour of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh took place today, Saturday, performed by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment at The Tower in MOD Gibraltar, while flags on the Rock are to remain at half-mast until the day after his funeral. Chief Mini

09/04/2021 17:16


Gibraltar Airport to have a new connection with London City

There has been bad news and good news recently in terms of flights to and from Gibraltar. After the excitement of the announcement that Volotea would be starting a connection between Gibraltar and Bilbao, ticket sales were suspended when it became

09/04/2021 17:13


Spanish senator makes courtesy visit to Gibraltar

The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Spanish Senate, Antonio Gutierrez Limones, came to Gibraltar to pay a courtesy call to the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, on Tuesday. The two men held a meeting which was also attended

08/04/2021 18:45


Gibraltar's resident population is Covid-free

On Thursday afternoon, 8 April, the chief minister of Gibraltar announced that the resident population is now Covid-free, for the first time in nine months. There are currently two cases in non-residents, who are self-isolating in Spain, and two visi

31/03/2021 20:52


Restrictions relaxed to reveal a new normal for Gibraltar

Crossing the short distance from Spain over the border to Gibraltar is like entering a different world now, one where masks are only obligatory in certain places and the atmosphere is much more carefree and cheerful. With all its adult population

26/03/2021 17:07


26 March 1995: Spain implements Schengen for the first time

It took ten years for the Schengen Agreement which was signed in Luxembourg on 14 June 1985 to be finally put into effect, but on 26 March 1995 Spain (which had not been a signatory to that original agreement), France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, t

26/03/2021 15:00

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New Street Art Walk now in Gibraltar

Visitors to Gibraltar can now enjoy a Street Art Walk to enjoy the murals which form part of the urban renewal programme. There are 12 street paintings to visit so far, some of which are site-specific, depicting local history. This is in additio

26/03/2021 14:33


Flights between Gibraltar and Bilbao scheduled to begin this summer

The Volotea airline will be operating flights between Bilbao and Gibraltar on Tuesdays and Fridays this summer, starting on 2 July. This is significant news as it will be the only service between Gibraltar and a Spanish destination for many years.

19/03/2021 14:13


Gibraltar coin to mark World Boxing Championship

A new coin commissioned by the Gibraltar National Mint has been struck to celebrate the Interim WBC Heavyweight Championship fight which will take place in Gibraltar between Brixton born Dillian 'The Body Snatcher' Whyte and Alexander 'Russian Vityaz

19/03/2021 12:42


Chief Minister: asylum-seeker reports are 'groundless'

The Gibraltar government was quick to refute claims in some UK media this week that the British Home Office was considering sending asylum-seekers to Gibraltar and elsewhere for processing. In a statement issued hours after the story appeared, the

19/03/2021 11:01


Gibraltar now holds vaccination record

Gibraltar has become the first nation in the world to vaccinate its entire adult population against Covid-19, the UK's Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Thursday. Figures released by the Gibraltar government yesterday showed that 49,981 do

19/03/2021 10:49


Tax treaty between Gibraltar and Spain comes into force

The tax agreement between Gibraltar and Spain, with the somewhat longwinded title of The International Agreement on Taxation and the Protection of Financial Interests between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of

12/03/2021 12:47


Nun's Well in Gibraltar to open to the public following restoration

The water cistern at Nun's Well in was officially reopened by Gibraltar's Heritage Minister Professor John Cortes this week after complicated restoration works. It consists of four barrel-vaulted chambers supported by 12 pillars, all interconnecte

12/03/2021 12:15


Ship's captain successfully prosecuted for Gibraltar oil spill

The captain of the AM Ghent has been prosecuted for the oil spill which occurred off Gibraltar last month. In addition to a £20,000 fine, the ship's owner has had to pay a £1.5 million pound security bond to cover clean-up expenses. The spill oc

05/03/2021 16:02


From history teaching to historical memory

In February 2020 Malgara García Díaz was elected president of the Casa de la Memoria Association, based in Jimena de la Frontera, in Cadiz province, but with the onset of the pandemic barely a month later, the activities and events she and her collea

26/02/2021 20:38


Gorham's Cave World Heritage Site gets a new website

The Gorham's Cave complex World Heritage Site now has a website of its own instead of a dedicated section on the website of the Gibraltar National Museum. The museum is the authority that manages the complex on behalf of the government. The web

26/02/2021 20:26


Gibraltar records fewer Covid cases and more vaccines

The number of positive Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations continues to fall in Gibraltar, and the Health Authority has reduced its states of alert and readiness to Amber (Substantial) after nearly eight weeks. Figures issued on Wednesday night sh

26/02/2021 13:00


Gibraltar-registered vehicles are being impounded in Spain

The Gibraltar government has issued advice to people who live in Spain but drive a Gibraltar-plated car or motorcycle, following a crackdown by the Spanish authorities. Over 20 vehicles are believed to have been impounded so far. This is not relate

26/02/2021 12:39


26 February 1981: Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo becomes Spanish PM

Forty years ago today, on 26 February 1981, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo was sworn in as prime minister of Spain. Not an extraordinary day in politics, one might think, but only three days previously, when Calvo Sotelo's election was due to be confirmed in

19/02/2021 12:52


Schools in Gibraltar to reopen on Monday

The Gibraltar government confirmed this week that schools will reopen on Monday 22 February as planned, after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. All health and safety and hygiene measures will continue to be in operat

19/02/2021 12:41


Gib University's Dr Darren Fa contributes tomarine biology book

Gibraltar University's Director of Academic Programmes & Research, Dr Darren Fa, has contributed to a new book. Published by Redfern Natural History Productions, Britain's Distant Seas: the waters of the UK Overseas Territories, which is authored b

19/02/2021 12:35


Top Shop and Dorothy Perkins on Gibraltar's Main Street face closure

Top Shop and Dorothy Perkins stores in Gibraltar, both of which are franchises, are likely to have to close down permanently despite hopes expressed recently by staff that they would not be affected by the closure of stores in the UK. It was annou

19/02/2021 12:14


Tributes paid to one of Gib's 'national treasures'

Individuals and politicians have been expressing their sadness at the death of 94-year-old Mariola Summerfield, who chief minister Fabian Picardo described as "a national treasure" and "one of a kind". She belonged to the generation who experience

12/02/2021 17:51


Gibraltar prepares to ease Covid restrictions

Gibraltar's Covid-19 restrictions are beginning to be eased, and chief minister Fabian Picardo explained at a press conference this Friday afternoon that this will be done one step at a time, with careful monitoring of the results of each change befo

12/02/2021 14:03


Name chosen for Bronze Age man

Gibraltar Museum's latest reconstruction, the head of a Bronze Age man from the Russian steppe whose cranium was found in Bray's Cave, is to be named Yantar, which means amber in Russian. The name was chosen from a shortlist of five after local pe

12/02/2021 13:57


Gibraltar flies flag to mark 69 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign

Gibraltar flew the Union Flag on its emblematic Moorish castle on Saturday 6 February, to mark the 69th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne in 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI. The Governor of Gibraltar, Sir David

05/02/2021 15:08


Gibraltar Covid-19 vaccination campaign continues

Gibraltar's number of active cases of coronavirus is starting to fall and the vaccination campaign is in full swing. On Thursday there were 204 active cases of Covid-19. All four of the most vulnerable groups of the population have now received

05/02/2021 14:55


A unique chance to name a Bronze Age man in Gibraltar

It isn't an opportunity that comes up very often, but the Gibraltar National Museum is asking members of the public to help give a name to its latest human reconstruction, a Bronze Age man from Bray's Cave in Gibraltar. Local people have sent in nu

05/02/2021 14:51


Flights from Southampton and Birmingham to Gibraltar to begin in May

There was an enthusiastic reaction from sources in Gibraltar and the UK at yesterday's announcement that Eastern Airways is to begin operating flights to Gibraltar from Southampton and Birmingham in May. The UK-based airline will begin its flights

29/01/2021 16:49


Police intercept million-pound cocaine shipment in Gibraltar

Detectives from the Gibraltar Police Crime and Protective Services Division, led by the RGP Drug Squad and supported by the RGP and Customs Marine Units, boarded a bulk carrier in the Western Anchorage this week as part of an operation that saw a tea

29/01/2021 13:16


29 January 1999: Velázquez painting sells for record sum

A little-known painting by 17th century Spanish artist Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (usually just known as Velázquez) was sold at auction by Christies in New York on 29 January 1999, for a massive $8.1 million, the equivalent of one billion p

22/01/2021 13:12


Vaccine campaign in full swing in Gibraltar as Covid-19 deaths rise

Chief minister Fabian Picardo issued a statement describing Monday as "our saddest day", as the number of people who died from or with Covid-19 had risen to 45. "I am shaken to the core by the knowledge that, since I addressed Parliament just 72 h

15/01/2021 14:30


Homeless protest sparks scare at the Convent

Security is being reviewed at the Convent, the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar, after a man climbed onto the roof to protest about homelessness on Wednesday afternoon. He was holding up a sign saying 'Shelterwise - helping the homel

15/01/2021 14:28


A message of hope for 2021 in New Year message

This time last year, Brexit was the only challenge the Gibraltar government was expecting to have to deal with, said chief minister, Fabian Picardo, in his televised New Year Message on Monday evening, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant that "our depart

13/01/2021 19:25


Gibraltar starts Covid-19 vaccination campaign

There was a huge sense of anticipation on Saturday evening when the first 5,850 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine were delivered to the Rock by an RAF plane. The vaccination campaign began early on Sunday, with frontline workers and resid

02/01/2021 13:12


Gibraltar to go back into lockdown from 10pm tonight

Gibraltar begins another lockdown from 10pm tonight (Saturday), with people being called upon to remain in their homes unless for essential shopping, medical appointments, exercise, taking children out etc. Nobody will be permitted to cross the borde

22/12/2020 15:05


Gibraltar to restrict arrivals from UK from 23 December

New restrictions on air travel between the UK and Gibraltar come into effect from midnight on 23 December, in response to the latest Covid-19 situation. The government announced on Tuesday that only certain passengers on flights from UK airports wo

21/12/2020 16:59


Gibraltar toughens restrictions as Covid-19 case figures soar

Gibraltar has announced further Covid-19 restrictions to begin at midnight tonight. In a statement to parliament, chief minister Fabian Picardo explained that numbers of active cases are rising exponentially: from 47 active cases on 10 December to 60

18/12/2020 19:29


Wizz Air has launched its Gibraltar-London Luton service

Wizz Air UK has now launched its new service between London Luton and Gibraltar, and will be operating twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, all year round. The first Wizz Air flight, which arrived on Friday 11 December, was given the traditional

18/12/2020 19:28


Air quality in Gibraltar continues to improve

The year 2019 was the second year in succession in which Gibraltar complied with all the EU air quality requirements for the first time since 2007, including the levels of nitrogen dioxide, which only complied with the requirements in 2018. Concent

18/12/2020 19:22


Rapid Covid-19 tests now available at Gibraltar airport

Rapid Covid-19 tests are now available at Gibraltar airport for all travellers who want one, whether arriving or departing. The result is available within one hour and has been commissioned by the government and health authority to assist travellers

14/12/2020 11:35


Gibraltar, still sparkling

Yes, there is a global pandemic and yes, there is still uncertainty over Brexit but somehow Gibraltar never loses its sparkle, atmosphere and feeling of good cheer. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions Christmas here is an experience like no other so if

04/12/2020 12:09


4 December 1985: Santiago de Compostela, World Heritage Site

It has been a destination for pilgrims for hundreds of years, making their way on foot along the world-famous Caminos de Santiago, and on 4 December 1985 the historic centre of this lovely town in Galicia was officially declared a Unesco World Herita

27/11/2020 17:20


Gibraltar will 'stretch every sinew' for post-Brexit deal

The Gibraltar government is cautiously optimistic that an agreement can be reached regarding its future relationship with the EU following the end of the Brexit transition period, but chief minister Fabian Picardo says he would be prepared to continu

20/11/2020 14:31


Gibraltar confirms three elderly residents have died with Covid-19

After several months with no deaths from coronavirus during the pandemic, the Gibraltar government has sadly confirmed that three recent deaths of elderly residents were Covid-related. All three are believed to have been in their nineties and to ha

13/11/2020 15:20


Low key Armistice Day commemoration in Gibraltar

Gibraltar's Armistice Day commemoration did take place on Wednesday despite the pandemic, but it was a much lower-key event than usual with significantly fewer people laying wreaths in the lobby of Parliament House. The ceremony was by invitation

06/11/2020 15:04

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Gibraltar's Literary Week is coming up

A reminder that in the absence of the Literary Festival this year, readers can look forward to the online and interactive Literary Week from 9 to 13 November, featuring a wealth of interviews and talks. The full programme of events can be found on

06/11/2020 15:00


Nearly 70,000 Covid-19 tests carried out in Gibraltar

By Thursday, 69,808 tests for the coronavirus had been carried out in Gibraltar, which is more than twice the number of inhabitants. Active cases on the Rock were 79, which is considerably lower than last week's sharp rise, and the total of confir

06/11/2020 14:58


Gibraltar government joins Global Blockchain Business Council

The government has joined the GBBC, the leading industry association for the blockchain technology industry, as an observing member. Earlier this year it also joined INATBA, a group of international blockchain industry players at an EU-level , and

06/11/2020 14:56


Remains of Gibraltar's historic Round Tower discovered at last

An important part of Gibraltar's military history has come to light at the Northern Defences. The existence of a so-called Round Tower was well-known as it had been documented by historians as the only part of Gibraltar to have been taken by Spanish

06/11/2020 13:51


6 November 1998: Spain issues formal request to extradite Pinochet

It was one of the most convoluted and long-drawn-out legal cases ever and in the end it came to nothing. However it was of transcendental importance in international law. As far as Spain, and Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, were concerned, 6 November

30/10/2020 15:42


No point in complaining

I am a great believer in complaining in certain situations. For example, if it helps to improve customer service in general, because we all benefit from that. If I order something online and the delivery company fails to bring it and is impossible

23/10/2020 21:10


New Malaga-Gibraltar helicopter service announced

From the end of this month there will be a scheduled helicopter service between Malaga and Gibraltar on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, operated by Spanish company Hélity which already runs a helicopter connection from Malaga to Ceuta and Alge

23/10/2020 21:07


New anti-Covid restrictions introduced in Gibraltar

With Covid-19 cases rising sharply the Gibraltar government has introduced new restrictions, some of which are 'strongly advised' and others which can be legally enforced. People over the age of 70 and those who are immunosupressed are asked not t

15/10/2020 18:28


Steady rise in Covid-19 cases to the highest number ever in Gibraltar

The number of active coronavirus cases in Gibraltar has risen to a record level in recent days, reaching a total of 88 on Thursday, an increase of ten cases in 24 hours. The numbers may still be low, even for a population of around 34,000, but a few

09/10/2020 16:52


9 October 1238: A special day of celebration in Valencia region

The Valencia region is not as well-known abroad as its neighbour Catalonia and many people are surprised to learn that it is an autonomous region in its own right, but it has an interesting history and part of that has led to 9 October - 'Nou d'Octub

02/10/2020 14:06


Brexit and Covid-19, a potentially "perfect storm"

Gibraltar's deputy chief minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, has said that the combination of Britain leaving the EU and the Covid-19 pandemic have the potential makings of a "perfect storm", the consequences of which will be felt for years to come. Dr Garci

25/09/2020 14:28


A very different look to Christmas and New Year in Gibraltar

The most magical time of the year is going virtual in Gibraltar this winter. Unless the pandemic situation improves and the ban on large gatherings is lifted, the Christmas Festival of Lights, the Christmas attractions in John Mackintosh Square an

25/09/2020 14:23


Online locator form for travellers entering Gib from 'relevant areas'

Passengers flying into Gibraltar who have been in a so-called 'Relevant Area' in the previous 14 days will have to complete an online locator form from now on. This online form replaces the existing manual ones, and the government will use the inform

25/09/2020 14:05


Gibraltar cross-border worker dies from coronavirus

There have been no deaths from Covid-19 in Gibraltar, but this week came the sad news that a cross-border worker, a woman in her 40s who lived and was diagnosed with the disease in Spain, has died. This week 22 people (11 staff members and 11 pupi

18/09/2020 13:01


San Roque Golf to sponsor Gibraltar disability team

San Roque Golf Club has agreed to sponsor a three-person team of disability golfers from Gibraltar at the 2021 edition of the Cairns Cup, a biannual competition organised by British Inclusive Golf for golfers with a range of disabilities from Europe

18/09/2020 12:55


Parliament House in Gibraltar to be restored

Parliament House in Main Street Gibraltar, which was built in 1817, is to be restored to its former glory, including taking back the commercial premises on the ground floor and returning them to their original use. The building began as the Exchan

11/09/2020 16:29


A National Day like no other in Gibraltar, due to the coronavirus

September 10th is National Day in Gibraltar and as anyone who has ever been there will know, it is one hell of a party. Casemates Square filled with crowds dressed in the traditional colours of red and white, the political rally with UK and Gibral

11/09/2020 15:58


11 September 1714: Catalonia's National Day, with a chequered past

It is known as La Diada, the National Day of Catalonia, and nowadays it is a day-long festival which is celebrated enthusiastically on 11 September every year, but it has had a very chequered history. It originated as a commemoration of the defeat

04/09/2020 18:17


Gibraltar retains place in second-highest tax transparency category

Once again Gibraltar has achieved the second-highest OECD rating of 'largely compliant' in the latest Peer Review of tax information exchange carried out by a team of OECD Global Forum expert assessors. This places Gibraltar on the same level as the

28/08/2020 14:22


Further new Covid-19 restrictions now in force in Gibraltar

On Wednesday evening the Gibraltar authorities announced that further anti-Covid measures would come into force today, Friday 28 August. The number of active cases of the virus has been steadily increasing in recent days and was 67 on Wednesday, but

21/08/2020 13:25


Gibraltar increases restrictions as coronavirus cases rise

As of today, Friday 21 August, everyone over the age of 11 in Gibraltar must wear a mask inside shops and stores unless they have a medical condition or disability which exempts them from doing so. Masks are recommended for children under 11 as we

14/08/2020 19:02


Gibraltar hopes for ambitious EU relationship post-Brexit

Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio for the Gibraltar government, has chaired a meeting of the Brexit Strategic Group to discuss further the situation should the UK and EU fail to reach an agreement by the end of th

14/08/2020 17:21


14 August 1598: Seville's Casa de la Lonja opens for business

Many people will have heard of the Archive of the Indies in Seville city, a very famous building, but perhaps not so many are aware that its history dates back to 1598, during the reign of King Felipe II, when it was built as a market where merchants

03/08/2020 20:30


Easyjet resumes flights from Bristol to Gibraltar

To the relief of many who travel regularly to and from the UK, the Easyjet airline announced earlier this week that it would be resuming flights to Gibraltar from Bristol from Sunday, 2 August. The flights are scheduled to run on Tuesdays, Thursdays

31/07/2020 20:47


Gibraltar delays Unlocking the Rock due to Covid-19 situation

The Gibraltar government will not go ahead and 'Unlock the Rock', marking the end of the restrictions in force because of the coronavirus crisis, on 1 August after all. At a briefing on Monday, chief minister Fabian Picardo announced that Gibralta

24/07/2020 16:45


Gibraltar Finance to partner Hackathon

Gibraltar Finance, the government's business development arm, is to be an official partner in the Post-Covid Hackathon, a global online initiative to bring together a number of teams and create new open-source solutions to overcome the health, econom

24/07/2020 14:37


New governor gets out and about on the Rock

The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, has been busy getting to know the local facilities and meeting residents in the few weeks since taking up his post. This week he made an official visit to the air terminal as part of his

24/07/2020 14:36


Gibraltar reports active Covid-19 cases again after none for days

On two occasions in recent weeks the Gibraltar authorities have reported no active Covid-19 cases for several days running, but once again the virus has been detected on the Rock albeit in very small numbers. So far three recent cases have been cr

24/07/2020 12:08


24 July 2013: 79 killed in Spain's worst train crash in 40 years

Wednesday 24 July 2013 had been a perfectly normal day until 8.41pm, when a passenger train from Madrid Chamartín to Ferrol, in Galicia, derailed a few kilometres outside Santiago de Compostela. The entire train, consisting of eight carriages, one

17/07/2020 15:47

What to do | Gibraltar

Art vs Covid-19 collective exhibition now in Gibraltar

An exhibition called Art vs Covid-19 which has been organised by the Masa-UK Art Gallery in Bury, GreaterManchester, can now be seen at the Fine Arts Gallery in Gibraltar until 25 July. The aim of this project is to show how art brings people toget

13/07/2020 18:06


Upper Rock attractions reopen after Covid-19 closures

Most of Gibraltar's attractions reopened last week following the coronavirus lockdown, including the famous cable car. The Nature Reserve and Upper Rock attractions are open from 9am to 7.15pm, and the Skywalk is open from 9am to 9pm. Visitors

10/07/2020 16:20


EU Commission approves Gibraltar business measures

The European Commission announced this week that it had approved the umbrella measures taken in Gibraltar to support business and employment during and after the coronavirus pandemic, a move which was welcomed by the Gibraltar government. The Gibr

10/07/2020 16:13


Two arrested over suspected money laundering

Gibraltar police, in a joint cross-border operation with the Spanish Guardia Civil, arrested two local people on suspicion of money laundering earlier this week. The suspects, who are husband and wife, have been released on police bail. The arre

27/06/2020 14:53


Gibraltar's Skywalk to close for repairs from 29 June

The famous Skywalk is due to be closed from Monday 29 June until 8 July so repairs to the glass platform can be carried out. Douglas Path will also be closed during the same period. The Skywalk is 340 metres directly above sea level with breathtak

27/06/2020 14:45


Gibraltar's new Governor visits the Health Authority

The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, paid a courtesy visit to St Bernard's Hospital and the Primary Care Centre this week. After meeting the Minister for Health and Care, Paul Balban, Principal Secretary Evelyn Cervan and t

27/06/2020 14:42


No new coronavirus cases reported in Gibraltar in over a week

From Wednesday 15 June there have been no active cases of Covid-19 in Gibraltar, and the number of people in self-isolation had dropped to nine by yesterday, Thursday. Figures issued by the government showed that so far 11,864 people have been tes

26/06/2020 18:13


26 June 1987: Jesús Gil y Gil takes over at Atlético Madrid

On 26 June 1987, Jesús Gil y Gil was elected president of Atlético de Madrid football club. In those days his name was not as famous - or notorious, would be a more accurate description - as when he was mayor of Marbella, but his was a character whic

18/06/2020 09:37


Gibraltar reports zero active Covid-19 cases for first time

Wednesday 17 June 2020 was a red-letter day for Gibraltar, as it was the first time the daily Covid-19 statistics showed that there were no active cases on the Rock. There was no change to the figure on Thursday, either, but the government was quick

15/06/2020 11:35


Gibraltar's new governor arrives to take up his post

The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, arrived on Wednesday 10 June to move into his official residence, The Convent, and take up his post. He was welcomed at the airport by chief minister Fabian Picardo, the acting Governor

15/06/2020 11:32


Gibraltar Police Commissioner announces retirement

The Police Commissioner in Gibraltar, Ian McGrail, announced on Tuesday that he is retiring after 36 years in the police service. In 2006, he became Gibraltar's youngest ever Chief Inspector and took up the post of Commissioner two years ago, in M

15/06/2020 11:21


Officials from Gibraltar, UK and Spain discuss post-Bresit issues

Officials from Gibraltar, led by the chief minister, held a preliminary meeting with UK and Spanish officials in Malaga on Tuesday last week, to discuss matters affecting Gibraltar and Spain and the EU post-Brexit, such as mobility and citizens' righ

11/06/2020 11:08


Gibraltar border reopens to official residents on both sides

Official residents of Gibraltar and Spain are now able to cross the border again, following direct contact between the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and the Spanish Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, as announced by the Gibra

29/05/2020 19:47


Gorham's Cave is out of bounds for visitors

Following two incursions this week by kayakers into the Gorham's Cave complex, which is a protected World Heritage Site, the authorities have issued a reminder that it is an offence to land on Governor's Beach and/or access the caves. The penalties r

29/05/2020 19:29


The silver lining in the Covid-19 cloud

Coronavirus has become a dreaded word for people all over the world but, as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and some good has come out of the Covid-19 crisis in the shape of eight-year-old Jake Torres from Gibraltar, who has written

29/05/2020 13:04


Eight cross-border workers test positive for Covid-19 in Gibraltar

Testing for coronavirus which is being carried out in Gibraltar has detected several cross-border workers who have proven positive, most of them employed in the care sector. This is now reflected in the daily figures issued by the government, showing

22/05/2020 17:10

LifeStyle | Gibraltar

22 May 1940: Gibraltar is evacuated in the Second World War

It is a largely unknown fact that during WW2 the British government decided to turn Gibraltar into a fortress to stop Hitler and Franco seizing it, and ordered all women, children, the elderly and infirm to be evacuated to make room for the troops.

22/05/2020 16:34


Gibraltar museum's virtual Open Day was a great success

The Gibraltar National Museum may have been closed, but nothing was going to stop it holding its annual Open Day and the virtual version proved a huge success. On the day its Facebook site had a reach of 15,745, which was 152 per cent up on the pr

22/05/2020 16:24


New Governor of Gibraltar appointed

It was announced this week that the new Governor of Gibraltar is to be Vice-Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL, who will be taking up his new post in June. Sir David retired from a full career in the Royal Navy as a Vice Admiral and as Second Sea Lor

22/05/2020 16:22


Gibraltar continues to ease the lockdown restrictions

With the number of active Covid-19 cases down to low single figures for some time, Gibraltar is now taking further steps to 'Unlock The Rock' from the strict restrictions which have been in force for over two months. Phase 2 of the plan began on Mo

15/05/2020 18:24


Art in Gibraltar can be enjoyed by all online

Art lovers need not feel deprived by the lockdown restrictions as online tours are now available of the Mario Finlayson National Gallery, with special interviews and commentary. The tours can be accessed at 11am on Fridays via the Gibraltar Cultura

15/05/2020 13:38


Gibraltar plans to test entire population for Covid-19 antibodies

The Gibraltar government looks set to become the first in the world to test its entire community for antibodies to Covid-19. The testing will be carried out by consent but the greater the number of people who agree to the simple blood test, the mor

08/05/2020 12:47


Gib government's plea for people to shop sensibly

With shops as crowded "as Christmas" according to some reports following their reopening this week, the government has called for people to shop sensibly and comply with the lockdown, as restrictions are still in force. Police officers are to patro

08/05/2020 12:38


Gibraltar aims to go greener with some roads closed to traffic

Encouraged by the drop in air pollution since the coronavirus lockdown began and the fact that the amount of traffic on the roads has reduced considerably, the government is planning to close some more roads as part of its efforts to make Gibraltar g

30/04/2020 21:10


Over-70s now allowed to exercise outdoors in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar government has relaxed its lockdown rules for the first time since they came into effect over a month ago and made provision for people over the age of 70 to take exercise outdoors if they so wish. Several places have been allocated

24/04/2020 19:00


Gibraltar draws up cautious plans to start easing lockdown

The Gibraltar government is planning a gradual easing of the lockdown measures which were introduced a month ago, as the coronavirus statistics show few new cases and a high recovery rate. However, it warns that the easing of restrictions will have t

18/04/2020 21:27


Advice for travellers to and from Gibraltar

British Airways is still running flights into Gibraltar from UK but the government is warning British travellers not to try to enter Spain across the land border from Gibraltar unless they are legally resident and have documentation to prove it. O

16/04/2020 21:29


Easter eggs delivered to local pensioners

This is a difficult time and there may be a lockdown in force but Easter just wouldn't seem like Easter without chocolate eggs and any residents of the four 'pensioner estates' in Gibraltar who were worried about missing out found their fears were un

09/04/2020 20:32


Another cruise ship calls in to Gib for fuel and supplies

Cruise liners are banned from Gibraltar at present, with the only exception being those carrying no passengers that make a technical call for fuel and supplies. The latest ship to do so was the Star Flyer, which came on Wednesday. As usual, the cr

09/04/2020 20:30


Gibraltar is getting greener with new trees

Different areas of Gibraltar have benefited from new trees and plants recently as part of the government's Green Gibraltar initiative. The most recent additions are two Tipuana trees along Rosia Road promenade and almond trees, oleanders and rosem

09/04/2020 20:26


Gib chief minister sends out messages to the Queen and Boris Johnson

The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, sent a message to the Queen after her televised message on Sunday evening, saying her speech had been gratefully received "as we too rally together and brave this storm to protect our loved ones". H

09/04/2020 20:16


Gibraltarian generosity comes to the fore to fight coronavirus

As in other countries, the people of Gibraltar are in lockdown and have to stay at home unless essential. However, this does not mean they are remaining passive in the fight to stop the Covid-19 virus. Health minister Paul Balban announced this we

03/04/2020 19:04


Vandals blamed for damage Moorish castle lighting

The iconic Moorish castle in Gibraltar is illuminated in blue every evening in tribute to the health workers and essential services, but on Tuesday night some of the lighting didn't appear to be working and when technicians went to investigate they d

03/04/2020 15:00


Cruise ship calls in to Gib on for fuel and supplies

The cruise liner Viking Sea made a short visit to Gibraltar on Wednesday to take on fuel and supplies and dispose of waste. This was a purely technical call, as the ship was carrying no passengers and the crew were not permitted to disembark due t

03/04/2020 14:53


Message of support for Gibraltar from UK prime minister

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus after suffering symptoms recently, has sent a message pledging support for Gibraltar. In a letter to the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, dated 28 March, he said additional suppl

03/04/2020 14:48


Field hospital ready as Gibraltar mourns possible virus victim

It was announced with great sadness on Thursday that a man in his fifties who had died in Gibraltar may have been suffering from coronavirus, but test results were pending so the authorities were unable to confirm whether the virus had been the cause

27/03/2020 17:53


Gibraltar under social lockdown to control the coronavirus crisis

In what he described as the hardest decision he had ever had to make in his political career so far, Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, announced on Sunday afternoon that a "total social lockdown" would begin from 12.01am on Tuesday, because

23/03/2020 10:31


Gibraltar goes into "total social lockdown" from Tuesday

In what he described as "the hardest decision I have had to make in my political career so far", Gibraltar's chief minister announced on Sunday afternoon that a "total social lockdown" will come into force at zero hours on Tuesday (24 March), for an

20/03/2020 18:41


Cruise liner coming to take on fuel

Cruise ships are no longer able to visit Gibraltar, but the World Dream will be coming on Saturday 21 March for a purely technical call. The ship is carrying no passengers and the crew will not be permitted to disembark, nor will shore-based staff

20/03/2020 18:37


Flights cancelled due to travel restrictions

Easyjet cancelled its flight from Bristol to Gibraltar on Thursday, apparently because of a lack of demand for the service. The airline also contacted passengers due to fly to or from Gatwick and Manchester to say their flights have been cancelled

20/03/2020 18:32

Gibraltar | What to do

Gibraltar Museum now has virtual posts online

The Gibraltar National Museum may have closed its doors to visitors because of the coronavirus but it is still possible for those anyone who is interested to enjoy the history, archaeology, heritage and natural history of the Rock online, thanks to i

16/03/2020 14:07


Gibraltar government advises residents not to travel to Spain

Things have been changing very rapidly in Gibraltar this week, as the government keeps up to date with developments regarding the coronavirus situation. On Wednesday, the government advised those over 70 and anyone with chronic health conditions t

13/03/2020 12:32


13 March 1861: First railway opens between Seville and Cadiz

Travel and the transportation of goods in south-west Spain became much easier after 13 March 1861, when the railway line between Seville and Cadiz was inaugurated. The project had been planned some years earlier but it turned out to be problematic as

06/03/2020 14:29


Multimillion pound upgrade to Marina Bay

Marina Bay is about to have a major upgrade, including an expansion to the marina with new Marinteck pontoon berths, 144 high-end rental apartments in a complex called Marina Club and new infrastructure with enhanced facilities. The number of berths

06/03/2020 14:29


Gibraltar steps up action after first coronavirus case confirmed

A case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, was confirmed in Gibraltar on Tuesday and the authorities stepped up their actions to try to prevent the risk of the illness spreading. The patient's identity has not been revealed to protect his privacy, but it

06/03/2020 14:28


Gibraltar Roadshow in Edinburgh

Easyjet flights between Edinburgh and Gibraltar are due to begin on 31 March and the Gibraltar Tourist Board held a roadshow in the city's Balmoral Hotel on Tuesday to showcase the attractions of the Rock. This was the fourth roadshow, following succ

14/02/2020 18:42


Jack's Law to apply to all parents whose child dies

The two-week bereavement leave for parents who lose a child is to be extended. The regulation originally applied to parents of children aged under 18, or those who suffered a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, but the government recognises that

14/02/2020 15:40


Gibraltar Drama Festival dates announced

The 2020 Drama Festival will take place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 March at the John Mackintosh Hall. There will be 11 plays, and performances begin at 7pm each day. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the John Mackintosh Hall from Wednesd

14/02/2020 15:38


Spirit of Discovery cruise ship asked not to call at Gibraltar

The Spirit of Discovery cruise ship, which was due to visit Gibraltar on Saturday was asked not to do so and to continue its journey to Southampton after its captain warned that there were 89 suspected cases of Norovirus among the 868 passengers and

07/02/2020 16:37

Gibraltar | Education

Staff at three Gibraltar schools accredited as Climate Change teachers

Seven teachers at Bayside, Westside and St Bernard's Upper Primary schools have now been accredited as Climate Change teachers. The course includes topics such as climate change science, gender and the environment, children and climate change, cit

07/02/2020 15:36


7 February 1992: Maastricht Treaty signed by EC members

On 7 February 1992, Spain and Britain were among the 12 members of the European Community to sign the Treaty on European Union, informally known as the Maastricht Treaty after the Dutch city in which this took place. The other EC members at the time

31/01/2020 18:51


Brexit brings a different flag but no immediate change for Gibraltar

The people of Gibraltar will wake up on Saturday morning and find the EU flag no longer flies on the Rock, having been replaced with the Commonwealth flag instead. That, however, should be the only difference they notice, says the Gibraltar governmen

17/01/2020 12:10


Upper Rock picnic sites revamped for spring

Two picnic sites on the Upper Rock are now ready for the warmer spring weather. The one at Jews' Gate, at the lower entrance to the path leading to Mediterranean Steps, has been refurbished, and a new area with tables and benches has been created

17/01/2020 12:08


Call for information about poisoned gulls

The Environment Department is asking people to come forward if they have any information about the deaths of a number of yellow-legged gulls who appear to have been poisoned. It is illegal to kill any wild birds on Gibraltar, including gulls, and

17/01/2020 12:06


RGP appoints LGBT liaison officer

The Royal Gibraltar Police has appointed PC Allan Bartram as liaison officer for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. He will wear rainbow epaulettes on his uniform and raise awareness among colleagues and promote understanding ab

10/01/2020 13:36


GibSams awareness campaign now on public transport

Information posters about the Gibraltar branch of the Samaritans, GibSams, are being displayed on buses and bus stops as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the service it provides. GibSams have a confidential helpline offering a listening ser

10/01/2020 13:34


Entries invited for competition for young local artists

Entries are invited from Gibraltar residents attending years 9 to 13 in local schools or local artists aged up to 24 for the Annual Art Competition for Young Artists. The closing date is 6pm on 14 February. Entries must be original and previously

10/01/2020 13:33


Christmas tree recycling scheme launched on the Rock

Those with real Christmas trees to dispose of can do so in an environmentally-friendly manner by taking them to the Civic Amenities Facility in Europa Advance Road. The trees, which would not survive in the local climate if planted, will be shredde

03/01/2020 13:56


Performer dropped from Reggaeton festival

After a public outcry, Spanish singer Original Elias was told just hours beforehand that he was no longer welcome to perform at the Reggaeton Festival last Friday. The decision came after the artist posted a video on social media which included th

03/01/2020 13:50


Gifts donated for children in need

A campaign by the World Trade Center to help underprivileged children at Christmas received a tremendous response from the local community. This annual charity campaign resulted in the donation of 480 gifts from members of the World Trade Center and

03/01/2020 13:49


Gibraltar Attorney General appointed CMG in Queen's New Year Honours

The Attorney General, Michael Llamas, is among three Gibraltarians to feature on the Queen's New Year Honours List. Mr Llamas has been appointed as a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) for services to Gibraltar, while Debbie Bor

31/12/2019 13:31


From Julen to Franco, a review of some of the year's news stories

As 2019 comes to an end, we thought we would take a look back at some of the stories that made the headlines in SUR in English during the year. January Tragedy strikes as little boy disappears down a bore hole The tragic story that gripped an e

30/12/2019 20:51


Women in Business amalgamates with GFSB

The members of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses have voted unanimously at a recent EGM to unite with the Women in Business Gibraltar association, which was founded in the 1990s as The Gibraltar Business Network. Following approval of t

30/12/2019 20:45


Gibraltar prepares for Brexit with meetings in Madrid

With the United Kingdom and Gibraltar preparing to leave the European Union on 31 January, technical talks have been scheduled in Madrid on the 14th and 15th between officials from Gibraltar, the UK and Spain. These preparatory talks will be with

27/12/2019 20:53


GibSams, there to help in the festive season

Many people struggle with loneliness and different problems at Christmas and New Year, but Gibraltar has its own branch of the Samaritans, GibSams, who are there to help. The hotline number is 116 123 (the same number as UK) and it offers a comple

27/12/2019 20:48


Gibraltar represented at COP25 in Madrid

Environment minister John Cortes attended the 25th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Madrid recently, not only to represent the Rock but as Political Lead of the UK Overseas Territories, representing their governments in the UK delegatio

27/12/2019 16:32


27 December 1703: England and Portugal sign a Port Wine Treaty

The Methuen Treaty, or Port Wine Treaty, as it became known, was signed between Portugal and England in 1703, during the early years of the Spanish War of Succession, to establish trading relationships between the two countries. At the beginning o

20/12/2019 16:50


Santa raises funds for Wobbles Children's Charity

Santa's Grotto and other events at Ocean Village have raised over £2,200 for the Wobbles Children's Charity, during a magical eight-day Christmas festival. Founder Frankie Hatton said Wobbles was thrilled at being chosen: "As a children's charity,

20/12/2019 16:48


The Rock to see in the New Year in style

Gibraltar will be seeing in the New Year in style, with live music starting at 10.30pm in Casemates Square on Tuesday 31 December and continuing until 3am on New Year's Day. The entertainment includes a spectacular firework display at midnight, and

20/12/2019 16:47


Gibraltar government files criminal complaint against Vox in Spain

The government announced on Wednesday that it has begun legal proceedings against the Spanish far-right party Vox for inciting hatred towards the people of Gibraltar, including statements urging violent action. It says Vox is abusing the right of f

20/12/2019 16:42


GibAir issues apology for Easyjet luggage mix-up

GibAir has apologised after Easyjet passengers' luggage was accidentally loaded onto the wrong planes last Sunday. The bags for the Gatwick flight were put into the hold of the plane heading to Manchester, and vice versa. Passengers were reunited

13/12/2019 15:50

Classical concert kicks off 2020 in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is organising the New Year's Concert at the John Mackintosh Hall on Tuesday 7 January at 8.30 pm. Tickets cost £20 and are available from Sacarello's Coffee Shop in Irish Town, the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street,

13/12/2019 15:49


Preparatory works begin on the recreational area at The Mount

Preparatory works are about to begin for the project to turn The Mount into a green area, resembling the Commonwealth Park but with woodland and in the south of Gibraltar. It will become a recreation area with a research and discovery park, and the p

13/12/2019 15:47


Guided tours of Alameda Gardens to continue next year

The Alameda Gardens tours will continue on the last Saturday of each month (except December) next year, starting at 10.30am from the George Don Gates. The guided tours of these fascinating botanical gardens, which also have an interesting history,

13/12/2019 15:45


Easyjet to start Gibraltar-Edinburgh flights

The Easyjet airline has announced that it is to begin direct flights between Gibraltar and Edinburgh from late March next year, and this will be the first connection between Gibraltar and Scotland. There will be two flights a week, all through the

10/12/2019 10:58


Zero tolerance towards drink-driving in Gibraltar this Christmas

The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) are cracking down hard on drink-driving with a special pre-Christmas campaign which includes the warning that drivers can still be under the influence of alcohol the morning after a night of heavy drinking. In a ha

03/12/2019 13:19


Winter Party in Town and Festival of Lights

The Christmas lights in the town centre were due to be switched on last Friday but due to the bad weather it was decided to incorporate the Festival of Lights into the Winter Party in Town on Saturday afternoon and evening, instead and what a truly s

03/12/2019 13:14


Gibraltar sends tax transparency message at OECD meeting in Paris

The chief minister Fabian Picardo, financial secretary Albert Mena, commissioner for income tax, John Lester and finance centre director Jimmy Tipping attended the 10th anniversary meeting of the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperat

29/11/2019 10:53


GFSB Business Innovation Award

The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses has announced the opening of applications for next years GFSB Business Innovation Award sponsored by Gibtelecom. The application form can be found on the Awards page at and needs to be submi

22/11/2019 16:10


Three years restoring memory in Jimena

There is a saying that from little acorns great oak trees grow, and that certainly seems applicable to the Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda, in Jimena de la Frontera, Cadiz province, which has just celebrated its third anniversary. This information ce

22/11/2019 15:18


22 November 1975: Juan Carlos I is made King of Spain

On 22 November 1975, two days after the death of dictator General Francisco Franco, Prince Juan Carlos was sworn in as King of Spain. Franco had ruled with an iron hand for 36 years, after winning the 1936 to 1939 civil war, so this was a turning poi

22/11/2019 10:56


Chief minister meets with president of the Mancomunidad

The chief minister and deputy chief minister of Gibraltar held a meeting with the president of the Mancomunidad de Municipios of the Campo de Gibraltar, Juan Lozano, on Wednesday morning. The meeting took place at No 6 Convent Place, the seat of t

15/11/2019 16:23


Canadian High Commissioner pays visit to Gibraltar

The High Commissioner of Canada, Janice Charette, was in Gibraltar on a fact-finding visit this week. She was welcomed at the airport by deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who is responsible for relations with the Commonwealth, and held meetin

15/11/2019 16:21


Winter Party in Town returns to Casemates next Saturday

This year's Winter Party in Town returns to Casemates Square on Saturday 23 November, starting with children's activities at 4pm and music and dance performances from 4.30pm until late. This event offers fun for all the family, and the headline ban

15/11/2019 16:16


Gibraltar lays wreath at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday

Gibraltar was able to lay a wreath for the first time at the UK's National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall last Sunday, and the honour of doing so was given to Dominique Searle MBE, Gibraltar's Representative to the United Kingdom

15/11/2019 15:55


Gibraltar government congratulates PSOE but has a warning for Vox

The PSOE party gained the most seats in last Sunday's general election in Spain, but lost three seats compared with the last election in April and still does not have a majority in parliament. The result was no surprise, as pre-election polling had i

01/11/2019 13:22


Gibrlatar's National Archive celebrates 50 years

An exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gibraltar National Archive will be taking place at the Fine Arts Gallery from 5 to 23 November. The exhibition, which is organised by the present archivist, Anthony Pitaluga, will be accompa

01/11/2019 13:07


Sky Princess makes first visit to Gibraltar

The Sky Princess cruise ship is currently on her maiden voyage and Gibraltar was one of the stops on her itinerary this week. The ship set off from Athens and will finish its cruise in Rome on 3 November. Gibraltar's new minister for Tourism, Vija

01/11/2019 13:05


Some Gib locals can vote in upcoming UK election

British citizens who moved from the UK to Gibraltar in the past 15 years will be able to vote in the British general election on 12 December. They can register to vote in the UK as an overseas voter as long as they are a British or eligible Irish

01/11/2019 12:57


Gibraltar to hold abortion referendum on 19 March

The government announced this week that it will propose, in a motion to be tabled in the first session of the new Parliament, that the date for the referendum on legalising abortion will be Thursday 19 March 2020. This will be a vote on the comme

25/10/2019 15:44


Mayor of La Línea and Gibraltar's chief minister hold discussions

Juan Franco, the mayor of La Línea de la Concepción, visited Gibraltar on Thursday for a meeting with newly re-elected chief minister Fabian Picardo and members of the government, including Dr Joseph García, deputy chief minister and leader of the Li

25/10/2019 15:44


Picardo wins Gibraltar general election

The GSLP-Liberals have won the General Election in Gibraltar that took place on Thursday. The party led by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has been voted in for a third four-year term with 52.5 per cent of the votes. Picardo received the highest number

18/10/2019 10:29


Anti-Brexit protest planned in La Línea

A long-planned anti-Brexit protest in La Línea is still expected to go ahead tomorrow (Saturday), even though the British government and the EU say they have reached agreement over a new withdrawal deal. British MPs will have to approve the deal if i

14/10/2019 17:35

What to do

Art and style in Jimena de la Frontera during the month of October

The small and picturesque village of Jimena de la Frontera in Cadiz province, just half an hour's drive inland from Sotogrande, is the focus of arts and crafts this month with an exhibition starting on Friday 11th October and a fascinating and innova

02/10/2019 17:12


Spanish man dies in collision with Customs vessel off Eastern beach

A Spanish man died in a tragic incident off Eastern Beach on Monday, when his boat was involved in a collision with a Customs vessel in the middle of the night. The Royal Gibraltar Police have named the man as 42-year-old Alfredo Morodo Gutiérrez, a

20/09/2019 14:49


Gibraltar's Mount is to become a public leisure area

The Mount, the home of Major General Sir William Green in the 18th century, is to become a leisure area for the public to enjoy, with event and wedding facilities, an adventure park and a Discovery Centre. There has been considerable interest in t

20/09/2019 14:42


Gibraltar goes to the polls on 17 October

The General Election in Gibraltar will take place on Thursday 17 October, the same day as the European Council meeting which is expected to be very important for the future of Brexit. Anyone who is eligible to vote in Gibraltar should bear in mind

13/09/2019 11:44


13 September 1961: Royal engagement announced

It was a happy day for many in Spain, 13 September 1961, because the engagement was announced between Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón and Princess Sophia, the daughter of King Paul of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. The couple and their families were p

13/09/2019 10:44


Gibraltar, red, white and proud as always on National Day

September 10th is a day no Gibraltarian ever wants to miss, the official National Day and a public holiday, when people dress in the Gibraltar colours of red and white and gather to reinforce their commitment to self-determination and celebrate being

06/09/2019 15:20


September, a mega month of music to get Gibraltar rocking

It's music, music, music and some very famous names all the way in Gibraltar this month with a series of major events, many of which tie in with the Celebrations around National Day, which is on 10 September. On Tuesday, 3 September the Gibraltar

06/09/2019 14:14


Safety concerns are raised at new comprehensive schools in Gibraltar

There have been calls from the Teachers Union, opposition politicians and students themselves on social media to delay the start of the school year in Gibraltar's two new comprehensive schools, due to concerns that there is a rush to get them ready o

31/08/2019 11:58


International Song Festival on 12 October

The Gibraltar International Song Festival is taking place on 12 October at the Tercentenary Hall with a record-breaking number of entries from over 27 countries. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the GISF is one of the most important fe

31/08/2019 11:56


Police recover body from the sea

Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police recovered the lifeless body of an adult man from the sea approximately 1.5 Nm off Europa Point on Wednesday afternoon, after being alerted by the Gibraltar Port Authority. The man has not yet been identifie

31/08/2019 11:53


Gibraltar university prepares to offer maritime training

The minister with responsibility for the university and for the port, Gilbert Licudi, recently held a meeting with Kathryn Neilson, a director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), as part of the preparations for the maritime training courses w

23/08/2019 13:11


Spinal surgery is now available in Gibraltar

Patients with a painful spine condition caused by osteoporosis can now be treated in Gibraltar, thanks to a new surgical service launched by the Gibraltar Health Authority. Previously, patients and their families had to travel to the UK for the pr

23/08/2019 12:32


Traditions or torment?

Ferias are a bit like Marmite - you either love them or hate them, and in my case I have gone from one extreme to another. In my younger days I'd have been there, dancing the night away and sipping sherry as if there were a lagoon of it that had to b

23/08/2019 12:26


Gibraltar government calms fears after Yellowhammer report

Following the publication by the Sunday Times of a leaked UK government report into the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, the Gibraltar government quickly issued a statement saying that it wasn't what it seemed. The report, part of Operation Yellow

16/08/2019 15:12


Water bottle refill points are installed in town centre of Gibraltar

The AquaGib water company has provided two water bottle refill points in the town centre, one outside the police station in Casemates Square and the other in the Piazza, by the kiosk opposite Matalan. This is another way of reducing the use of pla

16/08/2019 15:10


More artists announced for Gibraltar Calling music festival

Two more artists have been announced for the Gibraltar Calling Music Festival at the Europa Point Leisure Complex on 7 and 8 September. Those attending can look forward to seeing Killer Queen, the longest-established tribute band to Freddy Mercury

16/08/2019 15:05


New car-shaped bicyle rack is installed in Europort Road, Gibraltar

The Ministry for Infrastructure and Planning has installed a new-style car-shaped bicycle rack at Europort Road, an area that has fast become Gibraltar's main cycling hub. The frame is in the shape of a car, as a reminder that up to ten bicycles

16/08/2019 15:01


Gibraltar releases Grace 1 despite US request to detain it

The Supreme Court in Gibraltar decided on Thursday afternoon to release the supertanker Grace 1, which had been detained on 4 July because it was believed that the ship was carrying crude oil to a refinery in Syria and thereby contravening EU sanctio

09/08/2019 15:47


Duty to be removed on wooden tableware in Gibraltar

The government has announced regulations to remove all duty on cutlery and tableware made of wood. This is to encourage people to use alternatives to plastic and is in addition to the legislation that has already been introduced, banning a wide ra

09/08/2019 15:44


Teatro Lírico Andaluz returns in autumn

Dates for the diary for lovers of operetta: October 2nd and 3rd, when the popular Teatro Lírico Andaluz will be performing 'La Dolorosa' at the John Mackintosh Hall as part of the Autumn Cultural Programme. The performances begin at 8pm and tickets,

02/08/2019 12:47


John Mackintosh Hall set for major transformation

The government has scrapped plans to turn the old Queen's Cinema into the Gibraltar National Theatre and decided to convert the John Mackintosh Hall instead. In an announcement this week, it was revealed that the central core of the John Mackintosh

02/08/2019 12:45


Gibraltar Crystal to close this month

It has almost become an institution on the Rock, but the Gibraltar Crystal shop in Casemates Square has announced that it is closing down at the end of this month. However, lovers of their beautiful hand-crafted items now have the chance to snatch

02/08/2019 12:41


Firefighter in Gibraltar becomes British Champion again

Matt Coulthard has been crowned British Champion at the Firefighter Challenge for the second time, and says he was thrilled to have represented Gibraltar and competed for the British title. The challenge is organised for charity and replicates the

02/08/2019 12:33


US Congress members on two-day visit

A delegation of five Members of Congress of the United States of America arrived in Gibraltar for a two-day visit on Wednesday. It follows the trip to Washington made by deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia earlier this year, and was organised t

24/05/2019 14:38


Open Day raises £1,500 for wildlife park project

The Alameda Wildlife Park's first-ever open day outside the park raised over £1,500. The event was held in Ocean Village last Saturday and children flocked to the animal learning enclosure to see the rabbits, tortoises, cockatoos and reptiles.

24/05/2019 14:36


Fears of job losses as bet365 chooses Malta

The leading betting and gaming company bet365 has announced that it is to relocate some of its operations to Malta, where it has held a licence since 2015. The company says it plans to maintain a presence in Gibraltar, but there are fears that the

24/05/2019 13:19


Gibraltar artist accepted for Royal Academy exhibition

'Rock of Ages', a work by Gibraltar artist Paul Cosquieri, has been selected for the prestigious 2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Approximately 13,000 works were submitted this year, but only 700 were accepted. The summer show is the

24/05/2019 12:58


Gibraltar goes to the polls for the EU elections

Electing the members of the European Parliament is still quite a novel experience for voters in Gibraltar, because although the Rock joined the EU (EEC) with the UK in 1973, its people were not able to vote in EU elections until 2004, and then only a

12/04/2019 17:32


Full Gibraltar Spring Festival programme now available

The programme of events for the Spring Festival, which runs from 1 May to 20 June, has now been announced. A full run-down can be obtained from the Cultural Department, but in the meantime these are a few of the many highlights coming up soon. The

12/04/2019 15:04


Ambitious garden city project planned inside Gibraltar's port

Plans were announced this week for an ambitious new development within Gibraltar harbour, west of Coaling Island and in Port waters, which will be called Victoria Keys. The project will involve creating 60,000 square metres of new land, using mate

12/04/2019 12:45


12 April 1931: Local elections led to the Second Republic

On 12 April 1931 local elections were held in Spain for the first time in years, and the result - a landslide victory for republicans and left-wing parties - changed the course of history. The number of seats on each council was determined by the

05/04/2019 17:41


Gibraltar acquires drone for aerial imagery

The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change in Gibraltar has acquired a drone which will be used for terrestrial and marine mammal monitoring, renewing and updating the aerial imagery of Gibraltar with new Orthophoto (geospatially

05/04/2019 17:36


Gibraltar International Song Festival postponed

The Gibraltar International Song Festival, which is open to composers and authors worldwide and was due to take place at the Tercentenary Sports Hall on 18 May, has had to be postponed. The organisers say the decision was regrettably necessary but

22/03/2019 14:40


Operational and safety tests carried out at LNG Terminal

All operational and safety systems at Gibraltar's new liquefied natural gas power station are currently being tested, as part of the terminal's on-going commissioning programme. One of the tests, which was successfully carried out on Sunday, was of

22/03/2019 14:37


Students from Leiden university to take part in Gorham excavations

Excavation works at the Gorham's Cave World Heritage Site, which was the last known home of the Neanderthals, are due to begin again in early May and students from Leiden university in the Netherlands will be taking part. This year the excavations

15/03/2019 12:41


Change of flags in Gibraltar to mark Commonwealth Day

The Commonwealth flag could be seen flying in Gibraltar last weekend instead of the EU flag, to commemorate Commonwealth Day. In the past, the Commonwealth flag was only flown outside No. 6 Convent Place, but last year it was decided to make the c

15/03/2019 12:36


Ice Age Europe Now exhibition on view in Gibraltar

An open-air photographic exhibition on the theme of Ice Age Europe is now on view at Commonwealth Park, Gibraltar where it will remain until the end of May before continuing its European tour. The exhibition was officially opened by Professor John Co

15/03/2019 12:30


Gib delegation travels to Jamaica on twinning visit

The mayor of Gibraltar travelled to Kingston, Jamaica, this week, with the Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, and the rector of St Theresa's Church and the Shrine of our Lady of Europe, Father Charles Azzopardi, to consolidate the Twinning Agreeme