MS Ocean Endeavour, a Dmitry Shostakovich-class ferry cruise ship has made its inaugural call to Gibraltar on Thursday May 5th 2016.
Built in a Polish shipyard in 1981, the vessel has been part of the Fleet Pro Passenger cruise firm since 2014. It has a gross tonnage of 12,907 tonnes, a length of 137.6 metres, capacity for 450 passengers and a crew of 100.
Govt have announced the publication of a Bill that will commence the process of reform of the Industrial Tribunal; to be known as the Employment Tribunal. The substantive review introduces new subsidiary legislation and accompanying updates to the Employment Act. The new rules will regulate the constitution and procedure applicable to the Employment Tribunal, the fees payable to mediators and the calculation of compensation, as well as extending the type of cases that will be heard before the Employment Tribunal. The secondary legislation will be enacted once the Bill amending the Employment Act is debated and passed in Parliament.
Two Government ministers have been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. In different ceremonies, the Hon John Cortes and the Hon Gilbert Licudi were awarded Hon DUniv (Honorary Doctor of the University) degrees.
RGP Inspector Edgar Lopez represented Gibraltar at Interpol’s 12th Annual Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) Conference held in Lyon, France, last week.
Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome, in his capacity as President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP), last week chaired the EAASP’s annual conference in Bruges, Belgium. Gibraltar was also represented at this event by senior officials from HM Customs, Borders and Coastguard Agency and the Gibraltar Port Authority.
The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission have announced the appointment of Mr Peter Taylor to the position of Director of Legal, Enforcement and Policy. Peter is an experienced regulatory lawyer and will bring a wealth of expertise to the GFSC. He has a strong background in litigation and regulatory law and practice. His legal career spans 3 decades, first establishing himself as a litigator at Denton Wilde Sapte where he spent 8 years, becoming a partner in 1994.
A recent gathering of five sisters and five brothers to celebrate Nora’s 60th Birthday was transformed by this family clan into an opportunity to support a very worthy cause. Their chosen charity was Clubhouse Gibraltar who are providing an excellent service in empowering individuals who have experienced mental illness to recover and develop to their full potential.
Instead of birthday presents family and friends were asked to make donations to this chosen charity. The birthday celebrations were held at a private party in Waterfront Restaurant full of love, fun, laughs and dancing. An impressive family gathering, where many of the family had travelled from abroad especially for the occasion. All attending were asked to wear funny hats and there was an impressive array of all shapes and sizes which added to the party’s unique and jovial atmosphere.
Leading Firefighter Karl Sciortino has been promoted to the rank of Sub Officer.
Monarch Airlines last Sunday launched its new service from London Gatwick to Gibraltar.
Operating four times per week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, this new service becomes the fourth UK destination served by the airline, joining London Luton, Manchester and Birmingham. The Gatwick service will be operated by the airline’s 174 seat Airbus A320 fleet.
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has accused the Spanish Government of behaving in a cavalier and irresponsible manner in the waters around Gibraltar in a way which endangers the wider interests of the Western World. Dr Garcia made these comments in an event in Washington organised by the Heritage Foundation.
The Government of Gibraltar congratulates the Gibraltar Football Association for its success in its action against FIFA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
FIFA has been ordered to admit the GFA immediately.
The historic reasons for celebrating the 1st of May as Workers Day do not diminish by the passage of time.
Each year it is as important as the last to remember what the celebration represents and why all workers' industry is an essential part of our economic prosperity.
Alongside that must also come the rights of workers to a reasonable length of time at work each day, not open to exploitation and abuse.
In a brief to a number of Members of Congress, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has highlighted the key role that Gibraltar has played over the centuries to safeguard the interests of liberty and democracy. This was one of various engagements with twenty Congressional offices in a busy schedule over a two and a half day visit.
German cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 will be making its inaugural visit to Gibraltar on Monday May 2 2016. The vessel is part of the German TUI Cruises fleet, which is a joint venture operation with the American firm Royal Caribbean Cruises.
The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission have issued a statement announcing the publication of a suite of documents detailing developments in its regulatory approach as well as its business plan and outlook for the next 12 months.
The Minister for Education, Gilbert Licudi, QC has congratulated the Bayside team on behalf of HM Government of Gibraltar. After reaching the finals, the team from Bayside School beat teams from schools across the UK at a gruelling contest held at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, UK.
Govt have released the following statement;
On Workers’ Memorial Day, we remember all those who came before us who lost their lives at their place of work as a result of an accident or of a work related illness. Today, marks the fifth anniversary of the introduction of this Memorial by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar.
The Moroccan Community Association and the Moroccan Workers Association have come together to be "counted in" to support the Gibraltar Stronger in Europe Campaign in the run up to the Referendum to be held on the 23rd June.
The huge Gibraltar flag made from Lego pieces situated at the entrance to the John Mackintosh Hall is being dismantled and will be relocated at the Cruise Terminal.
The Deputy CM Dr Joseph Garcia is in Washington for a series of meetings with members of Congress and others on Capitol Hill. This follows the very successful visit to Gibraltar by a Congressional delegation in February.