Christmas tree raises money for local charities

Monday, 7th December 2015

An outdoor Christmas tree delighted a group of children last week and is helping raise money for local charities.
The children danced and sang carols as the lights on the tree were switched on for the first time.
Argus Insurance encouraged the local business community to help them to raise funds for charity by purchasing decorations for the Christmas tree, which is placed opposite Regal House in the corner below the American Memorial steps.

Spain’s political parties set out manifesto commitments on Gibraltar

Monday, 7th December 2015

Three of the four main parties contesting Spain’s general election on December 20 make specific references to Gibraltar in their electoral manifestos.

JMC celebrates Cassar’s sporting achievements

Monday, 7th December 2015

The achievements of local sportswoman Georgina Cassar were celebrated during a meeting of UK government ministers and leaders from Britain’s Overseas Territories, including Gibraltar.

Medallions for services to the community

Monday, 7th December 2015 - by Gabriella Peralta

The Gibraltar Medallion of Distinction was bestowed on three well-known members of the community last Friday at the City Hall to honour their service to Gibraltar.
James Levy, Abe Massias and Momy Levy were not able to collect their Medallions at a ceremony earlier this year as the event coincided with a Jewish holiday. At The Gibraltar Parliament last July it was agreed to bestow the Medallions to various individuals.

Gibraltar rehearses reaction to terrorist attack

Saturday, 5th December 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

Gibraltar practiced its response to a marauding terrorist attack this week, mobilising all emergency services, armed response police and military units in a shoot-out scenario using blank rounds, pyrotechnics and fake blood to simulate casualties.
The simulated attack at HM Naval Base formed part of the annual GIBEX exercise which was expanded this year to include agencies such as the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service and the Gibraltar Ambulance service.
Other simulated scenarios included ‘trigger-type’ situations, a maritime pollution exercise and scenarios involving explosive devices.  


Hockey umpire Stagno takes prestigious ‘Golden Whistle’

Saturday, 5th December 2015 - by Mark Viales

Nathan Stagno made history for Gibraltar hockey this week as the first Gibraltarian to receive the ‘Golden Whistle’ in recognition of umpiring 100 senior international matches.
Leandro Negre, International Hockey Federation President, presented the award to Mr Stagno at the Hero Hockey World League quarter-final match between Australia and Germany in Raipur, India.
Mr Stagno was glowing with pride as both teams lined up to applaud the Gibraltarian along with six thousands hockey fans who attended the 4-1 win to Australia.
“For me, it is amazing,” said Mr Stagno after his presentation. “To come from a small country like Gibraltar, where there are only around 200 people who play hockey, you can imagine how happy I feel to have been given the opportunity to umpire at this level and to get the Golden Whistle.” 


Gibraltar films at the film festival in Huelva

Saturday, 5th December 2015 - by Alice Mascarenhas

 The Gibraltar flag flew in Huelva at their annual film festival in the 41st edition of the ‘Festival de Cine Iberoamericano’.
Huelva opened a section for British films and invited Gibraltar to participate in the event with the launch of the film by producer Ian Serra ‘Aberration’ and another ‘Jennifer’ by Gibraltarian film maker Nina Danino.
The films were non-competitive and were included in the section Punta Europa.
Both films were shown for the first time. Both are expected to be screened locally at some time in the near future.


JMC in joint push to counter ‘hostile sovereignty claims'

Friday, 4th December 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

The UK and its Overseas Territories will work together to “counter hostile sovereignty claims” and defend the right to self-determination, the Joint Ministerial Council said in a communique yesterday.
The council, which brings together UK ministers and leaders of the Overseas Territories including Gibraltar, met at Lancaster House in London for discussions ranging from security and sovereignty to territorial waters, tax transparency, the environment and economic development.

Spain’s King Felipe confirms UK visit

Friday, 4th December 2015

Spain’s King Felipe VI has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in March 2016, accompanied by Queen Letizia.
The visit was confirmed yesterday by Buckingham Palace.

Security reviewed as UK launches Syria airstrikes

Friday, 4th December 2015

The Gibraltar Security Council met yesterday as Britain carried out its first airstrikes in Syria after MPs approved action against Islamic State targets, with the threat level in Gibraltar to remain at substantial.

Picardo and Lidington discuss Brexit

Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo discussed the UK’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership with Britain’s Minister for Europe, David Lidington, during a private meeting at Lancaster House in London yesterday.
Mr Picardo signalled the Government of Gibraltar’s support for Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to achieve continued EU membership on the basis of reforms.