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Gibraltar's wildlife and natural environment has been included in the latest documentary series aired by the BBC showcasing the biodiversity, culture and history of the United Kingdom's Overseas Territories.

3 men were charged yesterday morning following their arrest by RGP and HM Customs officers last night.

The Govt have announced it has given a commitment to embrace the G5 initiative on automatic exchange of beneficial ownership, along with EU Member States.

The Gibraltar-registered Dry Cargo ship, the ‘CONSTANCE’ was involved in a dramatic rescue of over two hundred refugees from a sinking boat off the coast of Italy this week.

St Joseph's First School received the first prize in the 'Grow your own food' section of the Gibraltar Flower Show

St Joseph's First School received the first prize in the 'Grow your own food' section of the Gibraltar Flower Show

“Barclays have been a bedrock of Gibraltar’s economy since the 19th Century, but this is being sacrificed as the bank shifts its focus back to the UK mainland and the US.

“If Barclays proceed with this plan Gibraltar’s residents and businesses will be left high and dry. The loss of vital experience and specialist knowledge built up by local staff over many years simply cannot be replicated remotely from London.

“Unite is calling on Barclays to reconsider this short sighted move and we will continue to support our members throughout this very difficult and uncertain period.”

The ESG have issued the following statement welcoming the latest bus tracker web app. 

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, have announced today that the organisation, production and staging of 2016 & 2017 Summer Nights have been awarded to Gib Media.

Govt have expressed its genuine solidarity with the few remaining employees of Barclays in Gibraltar. Barclays is principally letting them and their families down after many of them will have decided or been forced to stay with the Bank at the time of its withdrawl from the retail banking sector in Gibraltar. 

Speaking earlier today the Governor said  On the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday, I am very honoured to have been the Inspecting Officer for today’s 21-gun salute.

 Barclays exit will leave Gibraltar residents ‘high and dry’, warns Unite

Chief Minister's message to HM The Queen on her 90th Birthday

The Gibraltar Tourist Board extends a warm welcome to Le Lyrial on its inaugural call to Gibraltar today. Le Lyrial, of the Ponant Group, is a luxury style yacht with a capacity of 264 passengers.

 

The lighting of the Queen’s 90th Birthday beacon will take place on Thursday 21st April from the top of the Moorish Castle (Tower of Homage) at 9:15pm. The beacon will be lit by Manar Bentahayekt in the presence of His Excellency the Governor, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia. Ms Bentahayekt’s parents and her ‘Med Steps Challenge’ training team will also be in attendance.

Following recent promotion boards held at the Human Resources Department, the following Gibraltar Fire & Rescue Service personnel have been promoted within the Operations Department. 

Firefighters Dino Navarro, Frank Baglietto, Chisum Sanchez and Martin Posso have been promoted to the rank of Leading Firefighter.

From Left to Right: Leading Firefighter Chisum Sanchez, Leading Firefighter Frank Baglietto, CFO Anthony Yusifredo, Leading Firefighter Martin Posso & Leading Firefighter Dino Navarro.

 

Leading Firefighters Dino Navarro and Frank Baglietto joined the Organisation in September 2004. Mr Navarro has since acquired a variety of skills qualifying him as one of the Brigade’s Rope Rescue Supervisors. He also assists in the development of personnel in his capacity of First Aid trainer. Leading firefighter Frank Baglietto has himself attended numerous courses locally and abroad. He successfully completed the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Instructor qualification and currently forms part of the Brigade’s diving instructor complement.

Both Leading Firefighter Chisum Sanchez and Martin Posso first entered the Service in April 2005. Mr Sanchez is also a qualified Rope Rescue Supervisor and like Leading Firefighter Baglietto also forms part of our diving equipment maintenance team. For his part, Mr Posso has been entrusted with the supervision and maintenance of all the Brigade’s hoses and small gear. He will be taking up duties within White Watch and like all the other recently promoted colleagues, will attend the Incident Command Level 1 course at the Fire Service College.

The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service wishes these officers the best of luck when leading their crews through this new phase in their careers.

 

 

Fire fighter Jordan Hurtado has successfully completed the Firefighter Foundation Development Programme at the fire service college in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire, UK.

Last week, the Gibraltar Government Archivist, Anthony Pitaluga, spoke at the Preservation 2016 Global User Group Conference at Oxford University.

The Port Authority has announced that it will host an Open Day on the sail training Tall Ship ‘Jean de la Lune’ for the Gibraltar public on Sunday 24th April.

easyJet has today celebrated its first year of operations on the Bristol – Gibraltar Route. The service, which commenced on 19 April 2015, has carried over 35,000 passengers in its first year. Operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, services have been operated by the carrier’s 156 seat Airbus 319 type.

A year ago that, in May 2015, the Government invited Expressions of Interest in respect of the Central Police Station building. 

The deadline for submissions was 31 July 2015, after which the process closed and discussions commenced in order to progress the preferred scheme. Govt have said the decision to proceed in this way was taken after careful consideration of the state of the building.