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24 more beds to be available at Mount Alvernia

Date: 18 January 2017

A refurbishment programme at Mount Alvernia will create additional space for 24 more beds in the next three or four months. The space will be freed up by relocating staff facilities and administration areas within the buildings.The Minister for Health and...

"Degree of certainty" in Theresa May's Brexit speech is welcomed locally

Date: 18 January 2017

The “degree of certainty” provided by the UK Prime Minister in her landmark Brexit speech has been cautiously welcomed locally. The Finance Centre Council highlighted the importance of Gibraltar being a beneficiary of any arrangement the UK makes rega...

Marlene Hassan Nahon tells House of Lords Select Committee that Spain will use Brexit to further sovereignty claim

Date: 18 January 2017

Independent MP Marlene Hassan Nahon has told the House of Lords Select Committee on Brexit there is an evident feeling in Gibraltar that Spain may use Brexit to further its sovereignty claim. In her written evidence put to the Committee, Ms Hassan Nahon ...

Parliament debates Gibraltar's annual music festival

Date: 18 January 2017

The GMF was the subject of debate in Parliament on Wednesday. The discussion arose, following a question on what the net cost of the Music Festival had been....

ESG highlight fire at the Acerinox complex

Date: 18 January 2017

The ESG is highlighting a fire at the Acerinox complex last week which resulted in clouds of thick black smoke. The group notes there has not been a statement from the company itself or by any authority as to the cause and composition. It believes, i...

GMF clashes with GFA match

Date: 18 January 2017

The prospect of Gibraltar’s national football squad playing its last three World Cup qualifiers at the Victoria Stadium is now in doubt, as one of those matches clashes with the Gibraltar Calling festival announced by the Government and MTV yesterday. ...

Chiclana Mayor Pays Visit to Chief Minister

Date: 18 January 2017

The Chief Minister has expressed the hope that 2017 will not be totally absorbed by Brexit and that there’ll be real progress in terms of achievements. At a media conference, following the visit of the Mayor of Chiclana, Jose Maria Roman, he said it was...

Nuclear Monitoring role changes; ESG expresses concerns

Date: 18 January 2017

The Environmental Safety Group has expressed concerns about the changes to the role of nuclear monitoring provided by MOD workers. The group says nuclear submarine visits and activity demands that constant monitoring is maintained locally and that this is...

Three arrested on suspicion of burglary

Date: 18 January 2017

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after an incident in the early hours of yesterday morning at Queensway Quay. The arrests were made by RGP officers responding to the triggering of a burglary alarm at a restaurant in the area. The ...

Feetham New Year Message: Brexit shows up Government's "reckless populism"

Date: 17 January 2017

Brexit has shown up how reckless the Government’s policy of populism and unprecedented spending has been. This is according to Opposition Leader Danny Feetham, who in his New year message emphasised his willingness to work with the Government ...

Parliament agenda includes Opposition questions, Policing Plan and Police Authority report

Date: 17 January 2017

Parliament will meet at 11.30am on Wednesday, with the meeting starting with Opposition questions. The Chief Minister will also be laying the annual Policing Plan for 2016 to 2017 and the Police Authority’s Annual Report. Nine bills are on the agenda ...

Deadline for Drama Festival entries next week

Date: 17 January 2017

Entries for this year’s Drama Festival need to be in by next Monday 23rd January. The international event will take place at the Ince’s Hall Theatre between the 20th and the 25th of March. The festival will be of a competitive nature, with adjudicati...

Unite slams Grand Home Care for 'dreadful' employment conditions

Date: 17 January 2017

Unite the Union has slammed Grand Home Care for what it says are “dreadful” employment conditions. Unite says the private home care provider employs its members on “zero hours contracts”, whether they are continuously employed as permanent shift ...

Spain names new ambassador to London- Carlos Bastarreche

Date: 17 January 2017

Spanish diplomat Carlos Bastarreche is set to become Madrid’s new ambassador to London.  Mr Bastarreche has previously worked as Spain’s ambassador to the EU, but his appointment has caused some unease among Spain’s diplomatic service as ...

£1 million in rent arrears to be recovered by end of financial year, says Government

Date: 17 January 2017

One million pounds in rent arrears is set to be recovered by the end of this financial year, according to the Government. It adds another £1.5 million has been secured by agreements to pay in installments. The balance has gone from £6 million to just un...

Albert Isola travels to China for a series of meetings

Date: 17 January 2017

Financial Services Minister Albert Isola will be travelling to Shanghai and Nanjing this week for a series of meetings, presentations and seminars which will include state owned enterprises, government agencies and large companies. On Wednesday he will ho...

Dementia Day Centre opens

Date: 17 January 2017

The “Bella Vista” Dementia Day Centre has officially opened its doors to service users. The government says it is an exciting development which sees GHA professionals and the private sector working in tandem to care for up to 90 dementia sufferers, on...

UK will leave single market, May confirms

Date: 17 January 2017

The UK will not seek to retain membership of the single market, but will instead seek the greatest possible access to it, the Prime Minister has confirmed in a landmark speech on Brexit. Theresa May set out twelve objectives for the UK, stating it does no...

GSD welcomes Brexit vote in UK Parliament

Date: 17 January 2017

The GSD Opposition has welcomed Theresa May’s announcement that her Government will put any Brexit deal it negotiates to a vote in the UK Parliament. However, it says it is imperative that the UK ensure any Brexit deal includes an “acceptable” agre...

MTV to revamp Gibraltar's annual music festival

Date: 17 January 2017

This year’s Gibraltar Music Festival will run in conjunction with MTV and has been given the name ‘MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling’. The festival will take place on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd September at the Victoria Stadium, and has been d...

Gibraltar has been living a 'Hard Brexit' situation for 44 years, says Chief Minister

Date: 17 January 2017

A future status for the UK outside the European Union as spelled out by the Prime Minister would present very little change for Gibraltar, since it has been living a ‘Hard Brexit’ situation since it joined the EU 44 years ago. That is the Chief Minist...

A hard border with Spain would threaten 40% of Gibraltar jobs, says Government

Date: 17 January 2017

The prospect of a closed or hard border is the most serious single issue that arises for Gibraltar from Brexit. 40% of all jobs in Gibraltar would be threatened by a hard border, according to written evidence submitted to the U.K. House of Lords by the Gi...

Spring Festival Logo Competition

Date: 16 January 2017

The Cultural Services is running it’s annual competition to select a Logo for the Spring Festival. The event is open to people of all ages, with entrants able to submit up to two original works. Entries should be simple in design and suitable for printi...

MOD workers to have nuclear monitoring allowance removed

Date: 16 January 2017

Ministry of Defence workers will have their allowance for nuclear monitoring removed as from April, according to a statement from Unite the Union.The workers, who belong to the Local Emergency Monitoring Team, will be asked to carry out this duty on a vol...

'Christmas Book tree' generates positive feedback

Date: 16 January 2017

620 books were used to build the ‘Christmas book tree’ at the John Mackintosh Hall. The initiative by the Cultural Services aimed to promote the Library and facilities whilst offering a novel festive decoration, in the form of a competition.The books ...

EU chief negotiator in Brexit talks admits he wants to keep continued easy access to City of London

Date: 15 January 2017

The EU’s chief negotiator in the Brexit talks has admitted he wants a deal with Britain that will guarantee the other 27 member states continued easy access to the City of London’s finance centre.Michel Barnier wants a “special” relationship ...

Supreme Court upholds Parole Board's decision to release smuggler

Date: 15 January 2017

For the first time, the Supreme Court has granted a prisoner parole after the Minister for Justice declined to authorise this himself, unsatisfied the Parole Board's advice to do so was correct.Mustapha El Ouahabi had been in custody since March 2014 when...

​U.K. set to pull out of single market & customs union; economic model could be changed, says chancellor

Date: 15 January 2017

Theresa May is poised to announce that Britain will pull out of the single market and the European customs union. The UK Prime Minister is making a Brexit speech on Tuesday in which she will be laying her cards on the table. Comments by senior government ...

Dudley Ward Tunnel to be closed due to cliff face works

Date: 13 January 2017

Dudley Ward Tunnel will be closed on specific dates over the next few weeks, due to works being carried out on the cliff face on the Eastern side of the Rock. The road will be closed on Saturday the 14th between 10 in the morning and 1pm. On&nb...

Toc H redevelopment, bidders ask to consider heritage value of area

Date: 13 January 2017

The Government is keeping an open mind as to what it would like a successful applicant to do with the old Toc H site, but warns that bidders will have to bear in mind the heritage value of the listed buildings surrounding the site. The property was opened...