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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

18/10/2019 10:14


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

14/10/2019 17:35

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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

15/03/2019 12:26


HMS Duncan on a short visit to Gibraltar

HMS Duncan was in Gibraltar on Thursday, for a routine logistics visit. This impressive Type 45 destroyer recently sailed from her home port in Portsmouth for a six-month operational deployment. Initially she will be operating in the Mediterranean

08/03/2019 12:51


8 March 1977: The UN day for women's rights and world peace

The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in 1975, which had been designated International Women's Year, but it was in 1977 that the General Assembly invited member states to designate 8 March as the UN Day for women's rights and

01/03/2019 15:08


1 March 1712: Spain's National Library opens in Madrid

It was Felipe V, the first Bourbon king of Spain, who created what is now the country's National Library, although when he opened it in 1712 it was known as the Royal Library. He did so with two reasons in mind: to encourage ordinary people to study,

01/03/2019 15:07


Two detained at Gibraltar airport with fake IDs

Officers from Gibraltar's Special Branch arrested two Albanians at the airport on 20 February, following suspicions over flights which had been booked to the UK. They were detained before boarding a flight to Manchester. One of the men, aged 50, was

01/03/2019 15:05


Gibraltar Young Artists exhibition now open

Entries for the Gibraltar Young Artists competition can now be seen at the John Mackintosh Hall, on weekdays from 9.30am to 9pm until 8 March. Forty-one artists submitted a total of seventy-nine works for the event. The Ministry of Culture prize

01/03/2019 15:04


Charity padel tournament raises funds for Childline

World Trade Center Gibraltar and Regus have raised over £300 as they held their first ever charity padel tournament in aid of Childline. The event demonstrated fantastic community spirit, with 32 players participating from different companies in th

01/03/2019 15:03


Gibraltar Museum acquires 18th-century Henry Cowper watch

An 18th-century gold watch signed by Gibraltarian goldsmith Henry Cowper has been acquired at auction by the Gibraltar National Museum, beating numerous other bidders and finally buying the beautiful piece for £5,334. Henry Cowper is probably bett

05/02/2019 19:09


UK and Gibraltar object to 'colony' reference in draft EU legislation

Along with the good news on Friday that the EU would allow short-term visa-free travel to British citizens in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, as long as this is reciprocal, there was an unpleasant surprise for Gibraltar. The draft EU document stated t

25/01/2019 18:16


LNG tested in Gibraltar homes for the first time

In an exciting step forward in terms of energy, households in Gibraltar have used electricity generated by Liquefied Natural Gas for the first time ever. For the half-hour between 11.45am and 12.15pm last Saturday, Engine No5 generated power and f

25/01/2019 18:14


Gib international chess festival gets under way

The Gibraltar international chess festival began on Tuesday 22 January, and will continue until Thursday 31st. Several star players are competing for the £25,000 first prize, including top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the sixth best player in the

25/01/2019 18:11


Helicopter flights round the Rock from May 1st

The Norwegian company Fonnafly will be starting helicopter flights around Gibraltar on 1 May, as an added attraction for tourists, especially cruise passengers. The company, which began operating in Norway in 2004, will be deploying one EC130 helicop

18/01/2019 16:01


18 January 1977: Cause of Legionnaires' disease discovered

On 18 January 1977 two scientists at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA, put an end to a mystery which had been puzzling society for months. Dr Charles C. Shepard and Dr Joseph E McDade discovered what caused Legionnaires' disease, an

11/01/2019 10:39


The 'Rowing Marine' sets off on an epic journey from Gibraltar

Stormy days lay ahead but Lee Spencer, the 'Rowing Marine', was all smiles before setting off from Ocean Village on Tuesday for an epic journey, rowing solo and unsupported to Venezuela. Lee, a former marine who lost a leg in an accident, is raisin

11/01/2019 10:37


Picardo and Garcia in London Brexit talks

Chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia spent two days in London this week for meetings related to Brexit. The discussions included preparations for a no-deal Brexit in the event that the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement is

11/01/2019 10:35


Kidney transplant patient returns home

The first patient from Gibraltar in 15 years to undergo a kidney transplant in the UK has now returned home after recovering from the surgery, which was carried out at the Hammersmith hospital. Once the patient, who has not been named, was told a

11/01/2019 10:31


Increased energy efficiency on the Rock

Despite all the Christmas lights in Gibraltar over the festive season, energy consumption in the town area fell by 24.7 per cent last year, compared with 2017. The Christmas illuminations now use LEDs and their consumption is 72.39 per cent lower

08/01/2019 10:48


Longer opening hours at modern art gallery

Opening hours at the Modern Art Gallery in Montagu Bastion are to be extended from 14 January. On Tuesdays and Thursdays after that date the exhibitions can be seen from 11am to 6pm, while on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the gallery will be ope

08/01/2019 10:46


Gibraltarians receive New Years Honours

Three Gibraltarians have been named in the New Years Honours list 2019. Richard Mifsud has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services to policing in Gibraltar, and Assistant Commissioner Richard Ullger the Overseas Territories Medal (OTM),

08/01/2019 10:43


Gibraltar International Song Festival entries

Entries for the Gibraltar International Song Festival, which takes place on Saturday 18 May this year, can be submitted until the end of this month. Composers from all over the world are invited to submit previously unpublished works, and further

29/12/2018 12:02


A look back at the Gibraltar news in 2018

2018 was dominated by Brexit, but other things did happen on the Rock, as this round-up shows. January Sir Joe and Susana DÍaz It was a happy start to the year in Gibraltar, with news that former chief minister Joe Bossano had been awarded

21/12/2018 09:42


Mayor's Awards presented to six people and one charity

Seven local men and women were presented with a Mayor's Award by the mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, at a special ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday. Lance Corporal Conway has been given the Mayor's Silver Award in recognition of his act

14/12/2018 10:46


Upskirting to be made a criminal offence

Upskirting - taking a photo under a person's clothing without their knowledge or permission - is not currently a criminal offence in Gibraltar, but that is about to change. The government wants to introduce legislation to make it a specific sexual of

14/12/2018 10:40


Gibraltar plans a ban on sale of energy drinks to under-16s

CHAMP (Children, Healthy and Active! Multi-agency Programme) launched its third phase of planned events recently, as a way of encouraging children in Gibraltar to lead a healthy lifestyle. The winter phase of the programme, called 'A Winter of Fes

07/12/2018 12:35


Lee Spencer, 'The Rowing Marine', sets off on an epic challenge

Lee Spencer, known as 'The Rowing Marine', is back in Gibraltar to prepare for his latest challenge. On Wednesday 12 December this former Royal Marine plans to set off from the Rock and row 3,800 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, to South America

07/12/2018 12:32


Gib prepares for its Winter Party in Town next weekend

Anyone who wants to get into the festive party spirit can do so in Casemates Square next Saturday, 15 December, when this year's Winter Party in Town event takes place. The celebrations begin at 4pm, and are aimed at all the family. The theme is '

07/12/2018 10:40


British artist wins National Print Award

The National Print Awards ceremony has just taken place at the Marbella Print Museum (MGEC), where the winning works are now on display, and there was especially enthusiastic praise from the judges for British artist Roderic Stokes. His creative geni

30/11/2018 11:29


30 NOVEMBER 2000: Elche palm grove became a World Heritage Site

Many people believe only historical buildings can be classified as Unesco World Heritage Sites, but the Elche date palm grove, known as the 'Palmeral de Elche' in Spanish, proves them wrong. This enormous plantation of date palms is the only one of

30/11/2018 10:20


Sparkling Christmas at Ocean Village

Christmas started in style at Ocean Village this week, with a visit by Santa Claus on Tuesday evening accompanied by Disney Princess Cinderella, Star of PJ Masks and Catboy and his friendly elf for the ceremony to switch on the blue and white Christm

30/11/2018 10:17


Jazz Festival in St Michael's Cave

Ronnie Scott will be presenting the Gibraltar Jazz Festival in St Michael's Cave on 8 December and it promises to be a glittering evening with some of the greatest talent on the UK jazz scene, and a special performance by world famous vocalist Georgi

30/11/2018 10:14


Cannabis seized after high-speed chase

In the early hours of Tuesday Customs officers were involved in a high-speed chase, pursuing a suspect boat, a high-powered RHIB, whose occupants began to throw packages overboard as they tried to get away. Once the RHIB had left Gibraltar waters

23/11/2018 10:56


Christmas Festival of Lights tonight

The Christmas Festival of Lights takes place this evening (Friday 23rd) in John Mackintosh Square, starting at 6pm with live music performances, carol singing and dancing. The Christmas lights will be officially switched on at 7.30pm, and an artisa

23/11/2018 10:54


Busy week for Customs Officers

In the past week Customs Officers from Gibraltar, working in conjunction with other agencies, have taken part in a number of operations which have resulted in the seizure of a vehicle, a boat, communications equipment and over £17,000 worth of cigare

02/11/2018 14:34


Gibraltar Literary Festival this month

As some of the events coincide, it is a good idea to obtain tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, either online at or from the festival ticket office at the Garrison Library, which opens from 10am to 4pm Mondays to

02/11/2018 14:32


An environmentally friendly Christmas in the Mayor's Parlour

Everyone knows that Gibraltar has a strong interest in the environment and protecting the planet, and that every little can help. The mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino Lopez,is applying that philosophy to the decorations for the Christmas tree in t

02/11/2018 14:28


Cyber Centurion Club on STEM shortlist

The Bayside School Cyber Centurion Club, represented by four students from Bayside and Westside, has been shortlisted for a Stem Inspirational Award. Previous winners include BAE systems, Cisco, RAF, Siemens and the University of St Andrews, so thi

02/11/2018 14:25


Changes to residential parking zones

The government is to make improvements to Zones 1 and 2 of the Pilot Residential Parking Schemes as part of an ongoing monitoring of the success of the new system. Full details of the parking schemes are included in an information booklet which ca

26/10/2018 19:45


26 October 1863: International Red Cross movement was founded

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement began as the result of one man's inspiration for a kinder world. That man was Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman who was appalled when he witnessed the suffering of those injured in the Battle of

26/10/2018 14:17


MEPs updated on Brexit progress at the European Parliament

In the future, Gibraltar may possibly want a deeper relationship with the European Union, deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia told the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week. He was speaking in response to questions from the Green/EFA MEP wor

26/10/2018 14:15


Gibraltar participates in the Eurafrica Trail once again

The 2018 edition of the Eurafrica Trail is to include Gibraltar as an integral part of the experience once again. This is the only mountain race in the world to be held between two continents and three countries, and it has been confirmed that the Gi

26/10/2018 14:13


Exhibition to mark 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War

Thursday marked the opening of a special exhibition at the John Mackintosh Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It includes photographs, films and different items on display, some of which have been loaned by members o

05/10/2018 14:22


Theresa May confirms support for Gibraltar at Tory conference

British prime minister Theresa May visited the Gibraltar reception at the Conservative Party conference this week, the first time any prime minister has done so. In a speech welcoming Mrs May, chief minister Fabian Picardo thanked her for her clear a

05/10/2018 14:17


Post office tours on World Post Day

Tuesday 9 October is World Post Day and to mark the occasion the post office in Bishop Caruana Road will be offering two guided tours of its facilities, at 4pm and 6pm. World Post Day, which has been celebrated for 49 years, raises awareness of th

05/10/2018 14:14


The new Notre Dame school is now open

The new Notre Dame school in Laguna opened on Thursday, and parents and anyone else interested in seeing the new facility are invited to visit next week. The arrangements for this will be announced later. The modern school includes spacious classr

05/10/2018 14:03


Gibraltar History Lectures continue at the university

The fifth series of Gibraltar History Lectures begins at the university this month, with a talk by Dr Geraldine Finlayson, Director of Heritage and Environmental Services at the Gibraltar National Museum, on 'Gibraltar's Medieval History'. The firs

28/09/2018 16:03


Further top level talks between Gibraltar and UK over Brexit

The chief minister, Fabian Picardo, and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia held another meeting in London to discuss Brexit on Wednesday, this time in Downing Street with Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Pa

28/09/2018 16:01


Survey ship HMS Echo visits Naval Base

HMS Echo arrived at the Naval Base in Gibraltar for a routine scheduled visit on Wednesday. The Echo is the first of two multi-role hydrographic survey ships commissioned by the Royal Navy. The other survey vessel of this type is her sister ship,

24/09/2018 15:59


Rock for all tastes and ages at Gib festival

Decades ago, there used to be a saying: "Be there or be square." Well, if anyone wasn't at the MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival last weekend, that saying could definitely apply. However, they could be forgiven for not realising that in this case

21/09/2018 11:38


'Pawsitive' therapy for mental health patients

Some patients in the Sunshine Ward at Ocean Views Mental Health Facility are now enjoying 'Pawsitive Pet Activity', a type of pet therapy. They are visited by two Chihuahuas, Ant and Dec, once a week, and it is hoped to expand the service in the near

21/09/2018 11:28


MTV Music Festival this weekend

MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling, formerly known as the Gibraltar Music Festival gets under way today. The Rock will be rocking to the music of famous names and up-and-coming artists for the next two days. This is a time when the whole of Gibraltar

21/09/2018 11:10


Pro and anti-abortion campaigns stepped up

The debate continues into Gibraltar's anti-abortion laws and whether they should be changed. Members of the 'No More Shame' pro-choice group are collecting signatures on a petition asking the Gibraltar government to decriminalise abortion, while t

18/09/2018 14:24


New Notre Dame School is now finished

The Gibraltar government has announced that the new Notre Dame School is now completed, apart from some external works and landscaping which were slightly delayed by recent bad weather. The school is now being handed over to the Department of Educa

14/09/2018 20:35


14 September 1964: Birth of what is now Spain's largest trade union

When the Franco dictatorship began after the Spanish Civil War in 1939, trade unions were banned, their assets were confiscated and militants were jailed, executed or repressed. In place of the unions, the regime created what were known as 'Sindicato

14/09/2018 14:26


'The Zone', a safe space for young people

A pilot project for young people is due to open on Tuesday at the Youth Centre in Line Wall Road. "The Zone" is a safe space where they can talk about issues which may be affecting them and explore solutions and coping strategies to enable them to

14/09/2018 14:23


Customs arrest man for cigarette smuggling

Customs officers on a routine patrol in Gibraltar arrested a Spanish man who was carrying a "commercial quantity" of cigarettes on board a boat leaving the Ocean Village marina around midday on Thursday. The crew of the Customs boat Tango II becam

11/09/2018 14:18


Theresa May stresses support for Gibraltar on National Day

September 10th is National Day, probably the most important event of the year for the people of Gibraltar and especially so this year, as it was the last time it was celebrated with Gibraltar as part of the EU. Sir Joe BossanoINFOGIB It was red an

07/09/2018 18:02


Environment Department tests new Seabin system

The Department of the Environment is currently testing the first Seabin system in the Small Boats Marina, with a view to reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the water. If effective, it is hoped that Seabins will be deployed in all Gibraltar's

07/09/2018 18:00


Gibraltar prepares for a fun-filled National Day on Monday

September 10th is National Day every year, when people dress in Gibraltar's colours of red and white and enjoy a day packed with entertainment and activities, most of them taking place in the emblematic Casemates Square. It was decided a few years

07/09/2018 14:43


Anger as athletes are told they cannot represent Gibraltar

Four of the five athletes from Gibraltar who were due to take part in the World Masters Championships in Malaga boycotted it after being told they would have to compete as 'neutral' instead of representing Gibraltar, and would not be permitted to wea

24/08/2018 14:18


Cardboard boat race raises more money for charity than ever before

This year's cardboard boat race, which took place as usual in Ocean Village, has broken all records in terms of takings with a massive £7,757.74 which will be donated equally to the Gibraltar Cardiac Association and the GBC Open Day Appeal. The ev

17/08/2018 13:53


Spanish authorities express regret over incidents at Gibraltar border

The Spanish government's representative in Cadiz province, José Antonio Pacheco, has apologised for incidents which occurred during a protest by National Police and Guardia Civil officers near the Gibraltar border last Wednesday, and has accused some

27/07/2018 13:46


Chief minister speaks about Brexit and the Campo de Gibraltar

If anyone doubted the close relationship between Gibraltar and the area of Spain closest to it, or the friendship between Gibraltarians and their nearest Spanish neighbours, they would only have had to attend the University of Cadiz Summer Course on

20/07/2018 14:21


Last release of Gibraltar Calling music festival tickets

It's not very long now to the MTV Gibraltar Calling music festival, which takes place at the Victoria Stadium on 21 and 22 September, but those who wish to attend will have to purchase their tickets soon with tickets selling quickly. The organisers

20/07/2018 14:20


More Redibike stations now in use in second phase of rental scheme

It is now one year since the Redibike scheme was launched as part of the Sustainable Transport Plan, enabling people to pick up a bicycle in one part of the town and return it in another. The most popular bicycle stations have proved to be at Market

20/07/2018 14:18


The Marella Explorer cruise ship makes inaugural visit to Gibraltar

The Marella Explorer, the latest addition to the Marella Cruises fleet, made her inaugural visit to Gibraltar on Wednesday, although she had previously visited the Rock under her former guise of Mein Schiff 1. The ship has had a multi-million pound

06/07/2018 15:10


HMS Duncan visits Gib on her way home

HMS Duncan is due to arrive in Gibraltar today, 6 July, for a routine engagement visit. This Type 45 destroyer has just completed a very successful seven-month deployment as flagship of NATO's task group in the Black Sea and Mediterranean. She ha

06/07/2018 15:08


Gilbraltar's biggest Christmas Lottery so far

It may only be July but the government has announced that this year's Christmas Draw will be the biggest yet. It will take place on Tuesday 18 December at 7:30pm. The 100,000 tickets, on sale now, will cost £20 per full ticket, and the top prize wi

06/07/2018 15:04


Look out for new purple jellyfish flag

From now on Gibraltar's beaches will fly a purple flag to indicate that jellyfish and/or other dangerous marine life are known to be in the area. If you see a purple flag, it doesn't mean swimming is prohibited if sea conditions are suitable, but e

06/07/2018 15:02


New Calpe House facility for Gibraltar patients opens in London

All sponsored patients from Gibraltar who are sent for medical treatment in London will be able to stay at the new Calpe House in future. This new facility in Norfolk Square was officially opened by the patron of Calpe House Ltd, Sir Joe Bossano, who

29/06/2018 15:13


New Indie act to premiere at MTV Gibraltar Calling

The organisers of the MTV Gibraltar Calling music festival have announced that SOUR, described as the hottest new act to shake up London's musical landscape, are to play their first live show at this year's event. The band's frontman, Connar Ridd,

29/06/2018 15:11


Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar is becoming famous worldwide

The Gorham's Cave Complex in Gibraltar, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, is becoming increasingly famous around the world thanks to recent high-profile TV coverage. A team led by the Gibraltar Museum recently began another season of excavations

29/06/2018 15:10


Six fixed speed cameras are now in operation on Gibraltar's roads

Two more fixed speed cameras have been installed in Gibraltar, bringing the total to six. The latest additions are in Queensway and Waterport Wharf Road. All six fixed speed traps are now equipped with rear facing cameras which will capture any mot

22/06/2018 14:47


New dolphin protection zone in Bay of Gibraltar dduring tuna season

A dolphin protection zone has been set up in part of the Bay of Gibraltar and the practice of 'popping' for tuna, which can seriously injure dolphins is not permitted in waters approximately to the north of Rosia Bay. The bluefin tuna season contin

22/06/2018 14:44


Gibraltar Calentita Night programme

Anyone who loves good food and a good time should head down to Casemates Square tomorrow (Saturday 23rd) from 7pm for the Calentita food festival. This will be an evening packed with delicious gastronomy, cookery demonstrations, dance performances

22/06/2018 14:42


Harmony G calls in to Gibraltar

The megayacht Harmony G paid its first visit to Gibraltar this week. She is one of five operated by Variety Cruises, a Greek company whch specialises in small-ship cruising. As usual with inaugural visits, there was an informal plaque exchange cere

22/06/2018 14:41


Gibraltar, Barbate and Isle of Man at 33rd National Special Olympics

The 33rd Gibraltar Special Olympics have been taking place this week and it has been a very special event indeed. The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday evening, attended by the Governor, Lieutenant General Ed Davis , chief minister Fabian Pica

15/06/2018 13:43

What to do

Jimena festival of the Arts

From Friday 22 June to Sunday 1 July the village of Jimena de la Frontera will be filled with colour, art and entertainment as the VI Festival of the Arts takes place. This year's event is extra special: 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start

15/06/2018 13:29


Warming up for the 'Calentita' food festival

Not long now until 'Calentita', the gastro-festival which grows bigger and better every year. The date to remember is Saturday 23 June from 7pm onwards, when Casemates Square and the nearby area are filled with stalls selling delicious food from many

15/06/2018 13:29


Extended opening hours now in force for Upper Rock tourist sites

The World War II Tunnels at Hay's Level and O'Hara's Battery (including the interpretation centre), are now open seven days a week from 9.30am to 7.15pm. This means that all the tourist sites within the Nature Reserve now have the same opening hour

08/06/2018 13:51


Improvement works are continuing around the Rock

Gibraltar's Environmental department has provided an update on its ongoing repair and improvement works across different locations. So far, they say, stones have been removed from Eastern Beach, rocks from the shore at Little Bay and sand has been de

08/06/2018 12:00


Sharing a wealth of cultural experience

If anyone fits the description of a 'true European', it is Marcus von Wachtel; with a Hungarian father, British mother and Spanish nationality, he has worked and travelled extensively in Europe and elsewhere and now divides his time between Madrid an

01/06/2018 14:27


Plans to remember 50th anniversary of Gibraltar border closure

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the land frontier between Spain and Gibraltar on 8 June 1969, the culmination of a series of events by the Franco regime which was designed, but failed, to bring Gibraltar to its knees. The bor

01/06/2018 14:26


Improvements planned for Gibraltar beaches

Further to the works at Camp Bay, improvements are also being carried out at other beaches, including Little Bay and the northern end of Catalan Bay, Eastern Beach and Western Beach. The works include repairs to storm damage, sand regeneration and ge

01/06/2018 12:50


A glimpse into the world of artists

Anyone who likes art should take note that the second part of the annual Open Studios event is taking place in the pretty village of Gaucín, in the Serranía de Ronda, this weekend. It is well worth a visit. One of the joys of this event is that it

01/06/2018 11:58


Book crossing day on Saturday

This year's book crossing event will take place on Saturday 2 June from 11am to 2pm in the lobby of the Parliament building in the Piazza, Main Street. Children and adults are welcome to bring and take books that others have 'released', to "make the

01/06/2018 11:55


BA launches new Gatwick route

British Airways has now begun a new service to Gibraltar from London Gatwick. The new route came into operation on 25 May, and the first flight to arrive was given a traditional welcome at the airport. This service will run until 30 September. The

25/05/2018 12:00


Electric vehicle charging stations in Gibraltar

Mid-Town car park now has electric vehicle charging stations in two purpose-built parking bays, and additional ones will be brought into service as demand increases. As a promotional offer, the service is currently free for holders of a resident ID c

18/05/2018 13:19


Cross-party British delegation visits Gibraltar to discuss Brexit

A cross-party group of UK parliamentarians arrived in Gibraltar on Wednesday for a two-day working visit to discuss Brexit and the negotiations regarding Britain's withdrawl from the European Union. The delegates were Robert Goodwill, Conservative

18/05/2018 13:17


Open Day at The Gibraltar Museum on Saturday

The Gibraltar Museum is holding its annual Open Day tomorrow, Saturday 19 May, between 10am and 6pm. This year's theme is 'Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics. As always, there will be plenty of fun activities, and also the first c

11/05/2018 11:47


$10,000 of items for children in need

The mayor of Gibraltar presented $10,000 worth of items to St Martin's School and the Rainbow Ward at St Bernard's Hospital this week. At her investiture the mayor, a former Miss World, had announced that Julia Morley, on behalf of Beauty with a Purp

11/05/2018 11:45


Deputy chief minister talks Brexit with US Members of Congress

Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia paid a two-day visit to Washington this week, meeting Republican and Democratic members of Congress and officials on Capitol Hill, including those involved in foreign relations. Despite it being a whistle stop v

04/05/2018 13:42


School pupils learn about sun safety

Children from St Bernard's First School took part in a sun safety project in Commonwealth Park this week, thanks to a joint activity between the Education Department and Skcin, a UK skin cancer charity, which aims to reverse the soaring rates of skin

04/05/2018 13:39


Gibraltar's air quality criticised but government puts it into context

The latest report on pollution from the World Health Organisation, issued this week, showed that more than 40 towns and cities in the UK are at, or have exceeded, the air pollution limits set by the WHO; it mentioned Gibraltar in the section of those

04/05/2018 13:37


Gibraltar charity donates equipment to A&E

The Gibraltar Health Authority now has a sophisticated 'Point of Care' analyser for its A&E department, donated by local charity Reseach Into Childhood Cancer (RICC). The equipment is used for paediatric patients who need a blood test to determine th

28/04/2018 18:52

What to do

Open Studios event returns to Gaucín in May

When the month of May arrives, it is time to head to the beautiful white village of Gaucín, in the Serranía de Ronda, for the Art Gaucín Open Studios weekends which have become a well-known fixture of the art scene in Andalucía. INFORMATION What: A

27/04/2018 13:55


Significant drop in carbon emissions for third year running

Figures released by the Gibraltar Electricity Authority this week show that carbon emissions dropped by nearly six per cent last year, from 161,358 tonnes in 2016 to 152,287. This was the third consecutive year that the emissions dropped, and there h

27/04/2018 13:52


Hospital staff protest at "stealthy privatisation"

Staff at St Bernard's held an hour-long protest outside the hospital on Wednesday at what they described as the government's "stealthy privatisation" of the Gibraltar Health Authority. About 400 doctors, nurses, auxiliary and admin staff joined the p

27/04/2018 12:37


27 April 1928: Spain's first National Tourist Board was founded

On 27 April 1928, during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, Spain's first National Tourist Board was founded to encourage Spanish people to explore their own country more and to attract visitors from abroad. It had a short and somewhat eventful lif

20/04/2018 16:48


Conservation works by Ministry of Heritage

Two of Gibraltar's most emblematic monuments , the Southport Gates and the Almond Tower, are undergoing conservation works at present, and the balustrade around the front garden of the Garrison Library is also being restored, to return the main entra

20/04/2018 16:46


Mein Schiff 6 pays inaugural visit

The German cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 paid its first visit to Gibraltar on Sunday. The ship is the newest in the Tui Cruises fleet and made its maiden voyage in June last year. It can carry approximately 2,500 passengers and 1,030 crew. The inaug

20/04/2018 16:44


Night bus service in Upper Town

A second night bus is now in operation on Friday and Saturday nights, covering the Upper Town area. The N1 service runs between Market Place and Willis Road every 40 minutes, from 9.30pm to 2am. The other night bus service, the N8, between Both

20/04/2018 16:42


More music festival artists announced

Six more acts have been announced for this year's MTV Gibraltar Calling music festival, which takes place at the Victoria Stadium on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September. Rita Ora, Texas, Chase & Status, America, Bad Manners and Sweet will be joinin

20/04/2018 16:38


Spring is in the air and Gibraltar plans to celebrate in style

May is just around the corner and so is Gibraltar's Spring Festival, which kicks off on May Day and continues until 23 June. Many of the activities will be taking place in Casemates Square, including live music and dance performances, family fun da

13/04/2018 11:55


New Gibraltar History lecture series begins

The University's fourth series of Gibraltar History lectures begins on 20 April and will take place every Friday at 10am until the end of June. The first lecture, 'The Goatherd's Path, a 300-year-old mystery lost in history and translation?' will be

13/04/2018 11:34


May Day events in Casemates Square

Tuesday 1 May will be a colourful and entertaining day, with events for all the family in Casemates Square from 11am until 6pm. There will be bouncy castles, arts and crafts, face painting, Disney characters, dance performances and a rock concert wit

13/04/2018 11:33


Complaints about new parking scheme

The government has received numerous complaints about a new parking scheme which has restricted parking in many parts of the town to residents only. Transport minister Paul Balban was forced to issue a statement pointing out this is a trial scheme an

06/04/2018 12:33


DPP post to be created for the first time

Gibraltar is to have its first Director of Public Prosecutions, a post which in the past has been carried out by the Attorney General (AG). The DPP will perform a role equivalent to the UK's Crown Prosecution Service and will carry out criminal law a

06/04/2018 12:32


New librarian appointed at Gibraltar University

The university of Gibraltar has announced that Caroline Moss-Gibbons has been appointed as its Parasol Librarian, a post which is funded completely by the Parasol Foundation Trust. Caroline currently works as part of the Research Development team

06/04/2018 12:29


Gibraltar marks Autism Awareness Month with different events

April is Autism Awareness month and that is being marked in Gibraltar in a number of ways. The aim is not only to raise awareness but also to provide support to families of people who are on the autism spectrum. Firstly, from last Friday, 30 March

06/04/2018 12:27


Freedom of the City for Royal Air Force

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force earlier this week, the government of Gibraltar issued a statement to say that at the next sitting of Parliament, which will be in May, it will be presenting a Motion to confer the Freedom

23/03/2018 16:16


A space age opening for Skywalk

Anyone in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening could have been forgiven for thinking they had been transported into a Star Wars movie, as Luke Skywalker himself (actor Mark Hamill) was in town, accompanied by the 'dancing stormtroopers' Boogie Storm. All

23/03/2018 12:20


Suspected illegal immigrants arrested

Five men, believed to be Moroccan, and one Spanish man were arrested by the Marine Division of the police on Wednesday afternoon, most for entering Gibraltar without a valid permit and one for assisting others to enter another state. The officers h

23/03/2018 12:17


Launch of child obesity programme coming up

According to the WHO, half of all children in the UK will be obese or overweight by 2020, and the incidence in Gibraltar has doubled in recent years. As a result, a new health awareness programme called 'CHAMP' (Children, Healthy and Active! Multia

23/03/2018 12:16


German MPs on fact-finding visit to Gibraltar

Amid the arguments and confusion about Spain's veto over Gibraltar during the Brexit transition period in the agreements made by the UK and EU this week, a cross-party delegation of German MPs visited the Rock to find out more about the political and

23/03/2018 12:12


First acts announced for this year's MTV Gibraltar Music Festival

The first six acts have been announced for this year's MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling music festival, which takes place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September at the Victoria Stadium. This is the biggest music event of the year, and it goes from str

16/03/2018 14:19


16 March 2003: The Azores summit sets the stage for the War on Iraq

On 16 March 2003, US president George W Bush, UK prime minister Tony Blair and Spanish prime minister José María Aznar sat down together for emergency talks at what became known as the 'Azores summit'. The meeting took place on the island of Tercei

16/03/2018 11:04


Threat level to Gibraltar remains 'substantial' after recent review

The governor of Gibraltar, Lt Gen Edward Davis, and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia met with the Gibraltar Contingency Council on Tuesday to review security and civil contingency measures on the Rock. A statement issued after the meeting by

16/03/2018 11:02


Lords Select Committee members visit Gibraltar

Three members of the House of Lords EU Select Committee are currently on a fact-finding visit to Gibraltar. Lord Boswell, Baroness Neville-Rolfe and Lord Woolmer are having several meetings with politicians and local groups and will also be given a

16/03/2018 11:01


Gold and silver for rhythmic gymnasts

The Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnasts did the Rock proud when two groups opened the competition season in La Línea on Sunday 4 March and won two medals, a gold for the Benjamin B Group and silver for the Pre-Benjamin C Group. The Espoir Ball Group were

16/03/2018 10:59


Free evening lecture at the university

Dr John Cortes, Beacon Professor at Gibraltar University, will be giving a lecture on 'Fragments of Paradise: Nature and Man in far-flung islands' on 10 April. Attendance is free and open to the public, and those interested should register online i

09/03/2018 11:54


Improvement works are progressing at Lower St Michael's

The first phase of a project to revamp the emblematic Lower St Michael's Cave has now been completed. The works involved a major clean-up, removal of the old electrical cabling and conduit system and the installation of new LED lighting along the mai

09/03/2018 11:52


Devil's Tower Road still closed after rock fall

Devil's Tower Road is still closed after last week's rock fall, but the damaged area is now being inspected by specialist geo technical engineers and it is hoped that the road will be open again by early next week. Meanwhile, a fence has been const

09/03/2018 11:48


"Delight" at the result of Brexit talks in London

The Gibraltar government has expressed its "delight" at the result of Brexit meetings between chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia in London this week. The agreements have been the result of intense discussions sin

09/03/2018 11:46


New blood gas machine for St Bernard's hospital

The A&E department of St Bernard's hospital now has a state-of-the-art blood gas machine, which will enable medical and nursing staff to rapidly analyse a patient's condition, provide treatment sooner and improve turnaround times in the department. T

02/03/2018 17:00


Gibraltar tourism website updated

The Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB) has just updated its website website again, to give it a fresh new look including more image and video content and a version in Spanish. Ease of navigation has also been improved to make it fa

02/03/2018 12:40


Gibraltar Drama Festival takes place this month

The popular Gibraltar Drama Festival will take place from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March at the Ince's Hall Theatre. Tickets are now available from the John Mackintosh Hall between 9.30am and 4.30pm or can be purchased at the door on the nights the

02/03/2018 12:39


Gibraltar government reacts strongly to post-Brexit proposals

Gibraltar has been in the international news twice this week, firstly because of a statement by the Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis, saying that Spain wants joint control of Gibraltar airport post-Brexit, and again on Wednesday when the EU's

02/03/2018 12:02


Gibraltar celebrates World Wildlife Day

Saturday 3 March is World Wildlife Day but Gibraltar is to begin its celebration today, with an exhibition at the Gustavo Bacarisas Galleries in Casemates. 'The Magic of Birds' will be officially opened at 6.30pm and consists of over 100 stunning

23/02/2018 12:40


Gibraltar telecommunications conference

Gibraltar has just hosted its first Commonwealth data event, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation forum, at the University. The two-day conference took place on Wednesday and Thursday and is being followed today by a tourism and social

23/02/2018 11:50


Cigarette haul confiscated by Customs

Thanks to a sharp-eyed passer-by, the customs authorities in Gibraltar were able to confiscate a large haul of cigarettes from two Spanish-plated vehicles on Tuesday, 20 February. A member of the public noticed that a car which was parked at the IC

23/02/2018 11:41


Beach Service Open Day on Saturday

Anyone who fancies working on Gibraltar's beaches this summer should head down to John Mackintosh Square on Saturday 24 February, to the Beach Service Open Day, which is taking place from 10am to 3pm. The organisers are keen to meet anyone who is i

20/02/2018 18:43


Significant progress being made in "revolutionary" schools project

The Gibraltar government announced this week that there has been significant progress in its massive project to update local schools. Construction of Notre Dame School at Laguna Estate is advancing well, and it is due to open this year. At that tim

16/02/2018 10:56


World Trade Center marks first birthday

The World Trade Center in Gibraltar celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday. The 45-million-pound centre has become the headquarters of many prestigious multinational companies and in August last year it made history by installing Gibraltar's

16/02/2018 10:46


Gibraltar bids farewell to HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, spent last weekend in port on her first-ever visit to Gibraltar. The 1,000-strong crew took time out to explore the Rock and take part in local events. The ship, captained by Commandin

16/02/2018 09:35


16 February 1962: A major step towards the recovery of women's rights

February 16th 1962 was a very important date for women in Spain; on that day the official state bulletin, known as the BOE, published a decree from the Ministry of Work which granted women equal rights to men in the workplace. This was a major step

02/02/2018 10:35


Schools closed due to stormy weather

Several schools closed and parents were asked to keep their children at home if possible earlier this week when the Rock was hit by gale force winds which brought down scaffolding and tree branches. An investigation is being launched into scaffoldi

02/02/2018 10:31


Gibraltar's first sewage plant is due to open in 2020

An important step forward was taken towards Gibraltar's first sewage treatment plant this week, with the announcement that the government has awarded an Advanced Works Contract to a joint venture company formed by NWG Commercial Services Limited (Nor

02/02/2018 10:29


Extended bus timetable on Mount Alvernia route

The number 7 bus route has been extended so the last bus from Mount Alvernia residential home now leaves at 7.30pm, following a change to the evening mealtime at the home: this used to be at 5 and is now 5.45pm. The improvement to the bus service h

26/01/2018 10:44


New short courses at the University

February will bring an opportunity to start learning about Financial & Management Accounting, as the University of Gibraltar will be holding a two-day introductory course on 21 and 22 February, taught by Cathy Burns-Moreno. Also from 12 to 16 Febru

26/01/2018 10:42


International chess festival in full swing

This year's Tradewise Chess Festival is now under way at the Caleta Hotel and will continue until February 1st. More than 500 people from over 60 countries are taking part, 264 of whom are Masters, and £200,000 will be given in prizes. Leading th

26/01/2018 10:39


Historic and "positive" meeting with the Junta's president

Big smiles, and a new political friendship: that was the result of the first meeting ever to have been held between a chief minister of Gibraltar and a president of the Junta de Andalucía at the Palacio de San Telmo, the seat of the regional governme

26/01/2018 10:38


Eight illegal immigrants arrested

Seven men were arrested on Wednesday night after trying to enter Gibraltar without valid permits, and an eighth was arrested for importing a six-metre rigid hulled inflatable vessel. All eight are of North African descent. They are being kept in poli

19/01/2018 12:05


World Book Day event at John Mackintosh Hall on March 1st

Thursday March 1st is 'World Book Day' and a special event will be held again this year to celebrate. This year's theme is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. At 4.30pm Story Time will begin in the theatre of the John Mackintosh Hall, with performances

19/01/2018 12:05


'The Rowing Marine' has to postpone trip

Lee Spencer, known as The Rowing Marine, has had to postpone his attempt to become the world's first physically disabled person to row solo from Europe to South America because unfortunately his mother has been taken seriously ill and he has travelle

19/01/2018 12:04


Gibraltar Finance attends Miami Blockchain Forum

Gibraltar Finance representatives have been attending the World Blockchain Forum in Miami this week. For the Gibraltar team, this is just the first in a series of planned visits to global key markets to promote the support which Gibraltar provides

12/01/2018 13:10


HMS Sutherland will be in Gibraltar today

A Royal Navy vessel is due to arrive in Gibraltar today, Friday 12 January for a short logistical stop. HMS Sutherland, which is affectionately known as 'The Fighting Clan', is a Type 23 anti-submarine warfare frigate. She left the UK earlier this

12/01/2018 12:55


'Rock Fashion Rocks!' exhibition coming soon

A major fashion exhibition is being held to celebrate the history and development of fashion design in Gibraltar. The exhibits will include several pieces by two pioneering designers, the late Johnny Pearce and Eduardo Viotto and photos, sketches

12/01/2018 12:49


Referendum play to be performed this month

A play which was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 sovereignty referendum will be performed at the John Mackintosh Hall from 18 to 20 January. 'The Winds of Change' is based on the decade leading up to the 1967 Referendum. It

05/01/2018 14:54


British Airways starts new Gibraltar-Gatwick service

British Airways is to start a new seasonal route between Gibraltar and Gatwick on Monday 28 May. It will operate six times a week (daily except Tuesday) and continue until Saturday 29 September. This is in addition to the 11 weekly flights from He

05/01/2018 12:25


Short-stay parking bays in Red Sands Road

From 15 January, short stay drop off and loading/unloading bays will come into operation in Red Sands Road, outside Red Sands House and Alameda House. The maximum parking time will be 30 minutes between 8am and 7pm every day. At other times they c

05/01/2018 12:24


Ince's Hall project almost complete

The refurbishment project at Ince's Hall should be fully completed in the very near future. The Culture Department announced this week that the second phase, which consisted of improvements to the north side of the theatre, has now been finished.

05/01/2018 12:17


Former chief minister Joe Bossano knighted in New Year's Honours

Former chief minister of Gibraltar, Joe Bossano, has received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List. He is to be made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), for Services to Gibraltar. Sir Joe wa

05/01/2018 12:15


Collectors' pack of Gibraltar-issued 2017 stamps now available

...gibraltar. Keen stamp collectors, take note: now is the chance to purchase a superb collection of all the stamps which have been issued by Gibraltar during the past year. The Gibraltar Year Pack Collection 2017 is produced in high-quality material

29/12/2017 18:41


New deputy mayor of Jerusalem is Gibraltarian

A Gibraltarian lawyer, who is the daughter of former chief minister Sir Joshua Hassan, has been appointed deputy mayor of Jerusalem after serving as a member of Jerusalem City Council since May last year. In the past, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum has been a

22/12/2017 13:42


UK confirms support for Gibraltar as Spain pushes for further veto

Clause 24 of the EU's negotiating headlines raised its ugly head again this week, causing tension in Gibraltar and between the UK and the European Union, and leading British prime minister Theresa May to reiterate in the House of Commons that Gibralt

22/12/2017 12:26


Spain holds its breath and hopes for the Gordo

There is always an air of great excitement and anticipation in Spain on 22 December, because it is the day of the Christmas Lottery, known as 'El Gordo', meaning 'The Fat One', although the nickname refers to the first prize rather than the lottery i

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