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
June 15th 1977 was a turning point in Spanish history as the people went to the polls to vote for a government for the first time after a dictatorship that had lasted nearly 40 years. General Francisco Franco had ruled the country with an iron hand u
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
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
The Gibraltar government has welcomed the successful vote-of-no-confidence which led to Pedro Sánchez becoming Spanish prime minister. Chief minister Fabian Picardo told parliament this week that "the importance of that political change in Spain at t
It was a fitting date: on World Environment Day on Tuesday Gibraltar pledged to contribute to the goals of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, a voluntary open-ended partnership of international agencies, governments, businesses, academia, local
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Chief minister Fabian Picardo paid his first official visit to La Línea on Thursday morning, for discussions with the mayor of the Spanish town, Juan Franco. Picardo, who was accompanied by Gibraltar's deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, also sig
A pilot scheme for cycling lanes is to be tested in Main Street and Irish Town and is likely to be ready by July. The cycling lanes will be in operation between 7pm and 9.15am on weekdays and 5pm to 9.15am at weekends and on public holidays.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There is some concern in Gibraltar over remarks made this week by Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator, when he is reported to have said during an interview with a Spanish online newspaper that Gibraltar could be left out of transition arrangem
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB) has just updated its website www.visitgibraltar.gi 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
Thursday 8 March is International Women's Day, which has been celebrated every year since 1914. Its origins can be dated back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The movement
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The deputy chief minister of Gibraltar, Dr Joseph Garcia, addressed the Friedrich Naumann Foundation think tank in Brussels this week and told them it would be manifestly unfair to use Gibraltar as a "whipping boy" who was made to suffer the conseque
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, will be holding a meeting with Susana Diaz, the president of the Junta de Andalucia, in Seville on 25 January.
The meeting has been scheduled following the contribution from the Andalusian regional
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
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
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
This year's music festival, MTV Gibraltar Calling 2018, will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September at the Victoria Stadium. This mega music festival is normally earlier in September, but has been put back slightly because Gibraltar will b
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
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
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.
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
...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
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
In his Christmas message this year the Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant-General Edward Davis, reflected upon the unity and harmonious coexistence among people on the Rock. "My thoughts gravitate, as ever, to the power of Gibraltar's inclusive, respe
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
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
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
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
Customers of the Gibraltar Electricity Authority are to have the opportunity to produce electricity as well as consume it.
The government introduced a bill last week so that people can feed-in electricity which is produced at home from renewable s
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
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
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
A new online flora identification service was launched on Wednesday this week by the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS).
The website, 'Flora of Gibraltar' is the culmination of years of work by
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
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
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
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio for Gibraltar, visited Northern Ireland recently to speak at the DUP annual conference in Belfast.
He received a standing ovation for his speech, during which he told delegates
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
There were two pieces of positive news for tourism this week, following the recent disappointment of Monarch airline going into liquidation.
Super Break, the short break specialist company, has announced a series of charter flights to Gibraltar fr
The Gibraltar government is to become one of the first in the world to ban cosmetics and other products which contain plastic microbeads.
The announcement of planned new legislation to ban such imports was made this week and follows on from previo
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
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
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
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
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
The authorities are calling for calm and insisting there is no danger to the public after a tragic incident on Wednesday evening in which a woman died and a man was seriously injured.
The police were called to the scene at a flat in Apricot Court,
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
...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anyone wondering what to give a history or nature enthusiast for Christmas or as a birthday gift need wonder no more, especially if they are interested in the Gorham's Cave complex and the wildlife of Gibraltar.
Clive, Geraldine and Stewart Finlays
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This week, another first was announced for Gibraltar: its first Bitcoin ATM has just been installed in the World Trade Center, and the Gibraltar WTC is the first one to offer this facility.
People who live and/or work in Gibraltar, as well as anyo
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
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
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
The Customs authority has announced that new measures are being introduced on Western beach as part of its campaign to combat smuggling. The frontier fence at the beach has been reinforced with extra strands of barbed wire extending out to sea and ha
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
People in Gibraltar are being encouraged to leave their cars at home for environmental reasons and use one of the new bicycles which are available under the 'Redibike' scheme which has just been launched. This is also seen as an excellent way for tou
This year's Open Studios art event in the beautiful village of Gaucín will take place from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May and from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June.
This event goes from strength to strength, and visitors come from far and wide to visit the s
The Gibraltar Museum in Bomb House Lane will be holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 20 May, from 10am until 6pm.
Entry is free, and this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about Gibraltar's fascinating history and nature, including its
Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio in the Gibraltar government, is speaking as a panellist at a Brexit convention which is taking place in London today and tomorrow. Other speakers are expected to include Richard C
It was a glittering occasion, and not only in terms of the fabulous fashions being modelled on the catwalk: a few glittering tears of emotion were also shed on the evening of 21 April at Grand Battery House in Gibraltar, as over 300 people watched ca
An anonymous hotline has been set up by the Ministry of Health and the Gibraltar Health Authority so that local residents and staff members can report any concerns about the local health service.
The number to call is 20007919, and callers will be
The team at Alameda botanical gardens have come up with an interesting idea to raise funds for a biodome, as part of their education programme. Under the slogan "Buy a plaque, build a future", they are asking people to donate money for different-size
Two live-feed cameras have just been installed to show the nests of one of the Rock's best-known visitors, the pallid swift. The Ministry of the Environment hopes the cameras will help raise awareness of the fascinating lives of these birds, and enco
At a meeting on 29 April the European Council unanimously adopted the proposed guidelines for its negotiations with regard to the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Many in Gibraltar had hoped that the infamous 'Clause 22' which appeared in the initial dra
Charles IV of Spain, or to give him his full name, Carlos Antonio Pascual Francisco Javier Juan Nepomuceno José Januario Serafín Diego, was born in November 1748 and was king for 20 years, from 14 December 1778, when his father died, until his abdica
Next week, from 1 to 7 May, is International Macaque Week and on Monday the AWCP will be holding its second Macaque Awareness Open day at the park from 2 to 5pm, celebrating the 23 species of macaque in the world.
There will be free entrance to th
A new residential facility for Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers was officially inaugurated this week.
'Hillsides' is on the site of the old Royal Naval Hospital, near the Bella Vista Dementia Day Centre.
It caters for 52 patients who need full-
The Gorham's Cave complex will soon be celebrating its first year as a Unesco World Heritage Site and the Gibraltar Museum has decided to mark the anniversary by giving local people the chance to help with the excavation this summer, which will take
Don't forget: the gala fashion show in aid of Bosom Buddies breast cancer charity takes place next Friday, 21 April, at Grand Battery House/Landport. The evening kicks off with a cocktail at 7.30pm and the show, which also includes professional model
Lovers of classical music should make a note of the forthcoming concert, 'A celebration of opera', which will take place on Tuesday 16 May at the Convent Ballroom at 8pm. This concert is part of the forthcoming Spring Festival, and is organised by th
The Gibraltar Health Authority is carrying out reforms to improve the Accident and Emergency department. The measures have included deploying two additional charge nurses to the department, so a highly skilled senior member of the nursing staff leads
The Gibraltar government has announced that several events are being planned this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the first referendum, in which the residents of Gibraltar decided that they wanted to remain British rather than accept the offer o
New EU security controls were implemented at Schengen borders with effect from Friday 7 April and as a result it is possible that there will be delays for pedestrians and motorists entering and leaving Gibraltar.
In fact, there were queues of over
Five years ago, Luisandro Moreno had everything going for him. A professional model and personal trainer, enjoying life in his native Gibraltar with his family, this 31 year old had everything to live for. And then he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
On April 21 Luisandro, who as well as being a successful businessman is also a professional model and personal trainer, will be taking part in a Gala Fashion Show for the Bosom Buddies breast cancer association. The event will begin with a cocktail a
Kaiane Lopez was sworn in as the new mayor of Gibraltar at City Hall on Tuesday, the third female mayor in the Rock's history. The former Miss World, who was deputy mayor, takes over the post from Adolfo Canepa, and the new deputy mayor is John Gonça
For many who voted for Brexit in last year's EU referendum, Wednesday 29 March was a long-awaited day of celebration. Triggering Article 50 was like firing a party gun and releasing colourful streamers to add to the fun and festivities. A few days la
For many who voted for Brexit in last year's EU referendum, Wednesday 29 March was a long-awaited day of celebration. Triggering Article 50 was like firing a party gun and releasing colourful streamers to add to the fun and festivities.
A few days
On 31 March 1492 the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, issued the Alhambra Decree, also known as the Edict of Expulsion, giving notice to all practising Jews to leave the kingdoms of Castile and Aragón and their territories and possessions b
On Wednesday afternoon, chief minister Fabian Picardo was at pains to reassure the people of Gibraltar that Brexit is not the end of the world for the Rock and that things may, in fact, even get better once Britain definitively leaves the EU in two y
The flag on the Parliament building was flown at half-mast on Tuesday to honour the memory of Maurice Xiberras, whose death was announced this week. Xiberras was a former member of the House of Assembly and was a government minister from 1969 to 1972
The number seven bus route has now been included on the government's Bus Tracker Webapp, as part of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan. This route goes to Mount Alvernia, via Europa Road from Orange Bastion on Line Wall.
The latest version of the Thinking Green Digest, produced by Gibraltar's Department of Heritage, Environment and Climate Change, is now available online at www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/publications.
It explains the work carried out by the DECC in 2015
Chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph García were in London on Tuesday for meetings and for the evening debate in the House of Lords about the impact which Brexit is likely to have on Gibraltar.
Afterwards, the Gibraltar
The Special Olympics team have arrived in Austria, where they will be competing in Floorball, Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing at the World Winter Games, which will be held in the cities of Graz, Schladming and Ramsau respectively.
The Games will be
Britain's largest operational warship, HMS Ocean, has arrived in Gibraltar for a short stay after a six-month deployment, some of which was spent east of Suez as the Command platform for Combined Task Force 50. This helicopter carrier and assault shi
This year's Calentita festival will take place on Saturday 10 June in Grand Casemates Square, and those interested in having a stall there should contact www.calentita.gi for further information.
This annual event has grown from just ten small ten
It was announced this week that Fatboy Slim, whose new single 'Where U Iz' is racing up the UK charts, will be appearing as a headline act at the Gibraltar Music Festival, which has now been reborn under the format of 'MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling'
The Eurafrica Trail, the first mountain race in the world to be held in two continents and three countries, will be starting from Gibraltar for the first time this year. It is due to take place over five days from Wednesday 11 October, finishing on S
Drugs with an estimated street value of £6.3 million were recovered from the sea off the east side of Gibraltar on Wednesday, in a joint operation between the Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs.
The authorities were alerted to the presence of th
Samantha Sacramento, Gibraltar's Minister for Equality, took the opportunity on International Women's Day on 8 March to announce that she and her team are working on ways to encourage progress towards true gender equality at work. As part of these pl
Last summer the Gorham's Cave complex was classified as a World Heritage Site and now new viewing platforms are being created for those who want a good look at the place which was the last known home of the Neanderthals.
The platforms will have roo
The annual Gibraltar Music Festival has been a major success ever since it began in 2012 and this year it will be bigger and better than ever before and in a new format, as the Gibraltar government has teamed up with MTV to revamp it as 'MTV Presents
It has been hailed as a victory and also as a humiliating defeat for the British government. On Tuesday the House of Lords voted 358 to 256 to amend the Article 50 Bill by including a clause to safeguard the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Bre
The annual Gibraltar Music Festival has been a major success ever since it began in 2012 and this year it will be bigger and better than ever before and in a new format, as the Gibraltar government has teamed up with MTV to revamp it as 'MTV Presents
The multi-million pound futuristic 'Sailing Yacht A' spent longer in Gibraltar than intended this week after it was refused permission to leave because of a financial dispute between the owner and the German shipyard where it was built. The yard clai
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia visited London this week for further meetings related to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, and one of those meetings was with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire
The latest addition to the World Trade Center Association Network is now open in Gibraltar, following the official inauguration by chief minister Fabian Picardo on Wednesday.
The ceremony was conducted by Picardo, deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Ga
February 17th 1995 was a glorious day for gossip magazines and TV news channels in Spain because one of the nation's favourite singers, Rocío Jurado, married handsome bullfighter José Ortega Cano in a lavish ceremony at 'Dehesa Yerbabuena' in front o
It is not unknown for traffic in Gibraltar to be brought to a standstill because of delays at the border with Spain, but on Wednesday this occurred for a different reason: the Royal Gibraltar Police carried out a major operation at the airport, closi
The Mayor of La Línea, Juan Franco, paid another visit to the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments with regard to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and its effects on Gibraltar and
Thick black smoke filled the air around the CEPSA refinery on the Spanish mainland last weekend, as the result of what was reported to have been an electrical fault. As the wind direction was east/southeast at the time the smoke and fumes were blown
Chief minister Fabian Picardo appeared before the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues regarding Gibraltar and the impact of Brexit.
He was quick to refute recent claims from Sp
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open chess tournament began on Tuesday and will continue until 2 February. The event at the Caleta Hotel begins at 9.45am daily with the Challenger/Amateur rounds, and the Masters following at 3pm. Different activities also ta
In a landmark decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court in the UK ruled that the British government cannot trigger Article 50 to officially notify the European Union of Brexit without the approval of Parliament.
The judges decided by a majority of 8-
The bishop of Gibraltar, the Right Reverend Carmelo Zammit, was presented with the keys to a new car by the mayor, Adolfo J Canepa, this week. The vehicle was purchased with funds donated by the public and parishes for 'The Mayor's Bishop Zammit Fund
Statistics have just been issued for the quality of the sea water off Gibraltar for 2016 and they show that it is constantly improving.
All waters used for swimming are analysed on a weekly basis and classified in accordance with the 2006 standard
José María Román, the mayor of Chiclana, paid an official visit to chief minister Fabian Picardo on Wednesday, to discuss the possibilities of cooperation between Gibraltar and his municipality. Román is reportedly most interested in the prospects fo
January 20th is St Sebastian's Day, the patron saint of athletes and archers. This early Christian saint and martyr is often depicted in art and literature as a handsome young man, tied to a tree or bound to a stake, with numerous arrows piercing his
For the first time ever, MTV UK has entered into partnership with the Gibraltar government and will be promoting and broadcasting September's music festival under the name of 'MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling'.
The music festival, which MTV describes
The work of local historians and scientists Clive and Geraldine Finlayson has featured in an article in New York Times Magazine about Neanderthals and their last known home, Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar, which has now been classified as a World Heritag
Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, says he will not be losing a minute's sleep over the fact that members of the right-wing Vox political party have lodged a case against him with the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, accusing him of instigating
Gibraltar Airport has recorded an increase of 23.6% in passenger growth in the first 10 months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.
From January to the end of October, 468,874 passengers used the airport, an increase of 89,665 on the same
Childline Gibraltar has launched a competition to help raise awareness about mental health issues and emotional difficulties affecting young people.
Schoolchildren in years 6 to 11 are being invited to submit either a poem, a photograph, a story or
Members of the Gibraltar government were among those invited to the inauguration of the 'Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda' in Jimena de la Frontera last Friday.
This project to commemorate victims of Francoism during the civil war is the culmination o
Dr Joseph García, who is Gibraltar's deputy chief minister and also holds the Brexit porfolio, has been in Brussels for talks this week and says that the wider complex issues surrounding Brexit have helped to raise the profile of Gibraltar in the Eur
The Royal Navy fired several warning flares at the Spanish research vessel Ángeles Alvariño in a tense stand-off which lasted several hours on Sunday, when the Spanish ship failed to respond to radio communications and repeated orders to leave the wa
The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival will be taking place from 23 January to 2 February this year, and will once again be held at the Caleta Hotel.
The chess festival has been described by the Financial Times as "the strongest and best-organised
In his first Christmas message since becoming Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General Edward Davis thanked the local population for the warm and friendly welcome he and his wife Lorraine had received from the very first moment they arrived on the R
The Gibraltar government has announced that it has no plans to buy water from the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar, following reports in the Spanish press that Gibraltar was considering a contract of this type.
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