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The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, and Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon Dr Joseph Garcia, will leave Gibraltar on Monday to travel to London.

CHIEF MINISTER Fabian Picard said that “Gibraltar opens its doors to the people of chess”. Visiting the Tradewise Gibraltar International Chess Festival yesterday he spoke of the Rock of Gibraltar being the home of chess in January and February every year.

Gibraltar Citizens Advice Bureau (GCAB) is expecting a surge in people getting help with debt problems during the coming weeks.
Some people have begun the New Year fighting a debt hangover. We usually see a rise in people getting help with debt problems in January, but the kind of problems people are struggling with has been changing throughout the years.


The Minister with responsibility for Justice commenced the Proceeds of Crime Act 2015 in its entirety.
This Act consolidates current legislation on money laundering in Gibraltar and creates a single regime dealing with the recovery of money from drugs offences in the same manner as the recovery of money from other criminal conduct.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has announced that Gibraltar’s first hybrid taxi is now in service.

Hybrid vehicles are highly beneficial to the environment as they have lower carbon dioxide emissions, use less fuel and release fewer exhaust emissions into the atmosphere.

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo QC, has publicly congratulated Nathan Stagno on being awarded the prestigious title of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men’s Umpire of the Year.

Vox is glad to say that 29 year old Lysette Maritinez who was reported missing since Tuesday afternoon has been located.

The Royal Gibraltar Police are growing concerned for the safety of 29yr old British national Lizette Martinez, who was last seen by a relative at about 1130hrs on Monday 25th January 2016.

The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has today issued a statement saying that it ‘has been made aware of a letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the GPA, notifying individual members of the public of the allocation of berths at the new Mid Harbour Marina. These are false documents and are to be discarded.

In a statement released today the Govt says it ‘notes the clarification of the European Hockey Federation in respect of the ban on sporting contact between Gibraltarian and Spanish clubs.

OPENING night of the Tradewise Gibraltar International Chess Tournament is always hectic – arrival, registration and of course catching up with old friends.

Address by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia
Mr Speaker,
I beg to move that the Bill for a European Union Referendum Act 2016 be read a second time. Mr Speaker a Bill of the same name was introduced in the House of Commons on 28 May 2015 in order to provide the basis for the referendum on whether the United Kingdom would remain in the European Union.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar says it ‘was pleased to welcome a delegation from China this week that is eager to make Gibraltar a model "Green City" for Europe and the World.’ The visiting team from Good Resources Holding Ltd, a public Hong Kong company, are specialists in advanced LED lighting technologies.

As part of its development programme the Ministry of Culture will support all Gibraltarian artists who take part in the Royal Academy’s Summer Arts Exhibition.

As part of its commitment to its employees’ continuing professional development, the Gibraltar Youth Service recently held a residential training weekend. The weekend involved a variety of learning and team building exercises focussing on an in depth and practical exploration of communication and young people’s behaviour in differing situations and circumstances. The training was delivered by two highly experienced and qualified UK Youth & Community Work trainers.

22 year old Maxine Field is the first contestant to enter the Pageant. She is a Sales Assistant and Beauty Advisor. Maxine is a blue eyed blonde who enjoys keeping fit and regularly participates in Zumba classes.

According to the Spanish newspaper Horasur,  the Spanish Port Authority confirm that contacts have been made with the Iranian National Oil Refinery Company to build a refinery in Algeciras – although not yet definite, as it seems that Magtel, the Spanish Company interested in the project, and the Iranian Govt prefer the Huelva area in which to instal the refinery at a cost of 3,000 million euros.

The Calpe house Charitable Trust has today issued a statement in which it says that it ‘is hugely touched by the fantastic response to the “Calpe House Needs Your Help” Campaign, which was launched on their Flag Day, 18th December 2016.’

The Minister for Social Services, the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, officially opened the Milan Art Project Exhibition yesterday evening.

"The ESG wishes to make clear that it intends to place its weight behind every effort to stop plans to build a new Iranian/Spanish Oil Refinery in the Bay, notably Algeciras.