Sunday, 19 February 2017

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Largest ever RHIB seized off Gibraltar

AFTER a 14 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) ran out of fuel in Gibraltar waters off Rosia Bay, its three man crew, suspected of being involved in the smuggling of drugs was rescued by a second RHIB which powered through the waters at such a speed that the Royal…

Gibraltar police block military plane's departure on runway

POLICE officers drove onto the runway at Gibraltar airport and blocked a military plane as it tried to take off. On board was a serviceman who is wanted for questioning about suspected sex offences. It is understood the individual was not formally arrested but computer equipment is believed to have…

Gibraltar attends Kew Gardens international photographic exhibition

THE Gibraltar Minister for the Environment Dr John Cortes travelled to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew to attend the launch of the 10th anniversary International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Exhibition and book, at the Nash Conservatory. IGPOTY is the most acclaimed international botanical photography exhibition, attracting great…

Lion Dance a roaring success but do help Leo the Lion

OCEAN VILLAGE in Gibraltar celebrated Lunar New Year with a special event which attracted hundreds of local people and tourists to see lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations and Tai Chi displays organised by the Gibraltar Chinese Association. Chinese New Year is China's most important traditional festival and is celebrated across…

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Customs officers seize 12 cases of cigarettes at sea

WHILST undertaking a routine patrol in local Gibraltar waters on February 1, officers of the Customs Marine Section spotted a rigid-hulled inflatable boat close to the western end of the runway and intercepted the craft. Two Spaniards aged 24 and 33 were arrested on board and the vessel and the…

Gibraltar and Scotland visit the European Parliament

IN what turned out to be an eventful day, Gibraltar and Scotland - in some ways an unlikely pair, but not in their rejection of Brexit - were invited to address the European Parliament on January 30. Both parties explained their views and wishes on Brexit to the Committee of…

Minister for Care opens inaugural meeting of renewed Child Protection Committee

THE Gibraltar Minister for Health, Care and Justice, the Hon. Neil F Costa MP, met for the first time with the newly restructured executive Child Protection Committee which was created under the Children Act 2009. The purpose of the committee is to bring together key agencies, such as the Care…

Gibraltar finance presentations in Shanghai and Nanjing

CLEARLY content to be involved in trying to establish important financial relationships with China, a delegation from Gibraltar, led by the Minister for Financial Services and Gaming Albert Isola, spent a week in Shanghai and Nanjing. He was able to give an address to the Willis Towers Watson senior executive…

Presentation of gifts to the Right Reverend Carmelo Zammit

WHEN it was announced by the Vatican that the new Bishop of Gibraltar would the Right Reverend Carmelo Zammit, who at the time was resident in Malta, the mayor of Gibraltar launched a special fund to collect funds to allow for the purchase of a welcome gift for the new…

Cocaine arrest at Gibraltar border

AFTER being stopped as he entered Gibraltar on a BMW motorbike, a local man aged 29 was found to be in possession of a piece of cocaine weighing approximately 75 grams. Officers of HM Customs first searched the vehicle, assisted with specialist drug itemiser detectors, which gave a high reading…

Gibraltar politicians meet UK civil servants and politicians in London

THE Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia held lengthy discussions on January 19 at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on a number of issues affecting Gibraltar, including the planned withdrawal from the European Union. The meeting included officials from the Foreign Office, the Department…

MTV and Gibraltar partner for music festival

A NEW partnership between the government of Gibraltar and MTV UK was announced on January 17 as details of a special programme called MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling were revealed. This outdoor live music spectacular, which effectively takes over from the Gibraltar Music Festival will take place in Gibraltar on September…
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