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The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service, in conjunction with the Airport Fire and Rescue Service, has welcomed 5 new recruits.

GFRS firefighters Liam Wilding, Jaydan Fortunato and Steven Soussi and AFRS firefighters Alain Pons and Julian Lopez had been on a course in the UK just as lockdown was about to hit, but still managed to complete their Firefighter Foundation and Development Programme (FFDP), a first in the services’ history. Congratulations to you all.

Air quality improves

A consequence of Gibraltar’s lockdown owing to COVID-19 has been an improvement in the Rock’s air quality, particularly with particulates.

Minister for the Environment John Cortes commented, “The results are to be expected. They do prove that traffic is now our main source of diminished air quality, which should encourage us to redouble efforts to deal with this after the current crisis when we start to regain a reviewed normality. The fact that poor air quality affects respiratory health is particularly significant as this will be key to good health in later years if COVID-19 becomes endemic. For the moment one consolation of the difficulties we are living through is the fact that we are breathing cleaner air.

Easter eggs raise spirits

Chandru Khemani of Bon Bon Supermarket kindly donated Easter eggs to children in care this year.

Pictured, Neil Hayes, a civil contingencies volunteer, handed all 25 eggs over to the appropriate social worker.


The Royal Gibraltar Police has announced the closing date for their
#ShowUsYourRainbow competition.

Entrants have until Friday 15th May to share their artistic flair, and help spread goodwill during this difficult time in Gibraltar.

The rules are:

  • Open to children aged 12 & underPicture must include a rainbow
    & Police theme
  • Picture must include child’s first name & age. Picture must include
  • Place them on your window if you can

Send your pictures to and the RGP will post entries received to their Facebook, Twitter & Instagram feeds. 

The 5 winners selected will go on a group visit to New Mole House Police Headquarters, as well as a patrol with the Police’s Mobile & Marine units (when possible after lockdown has ended).

Winning entries will also feature in June’s Gibraltar Insight.

  • The deadline for receiving entries for the competition is final. No entries received after the given date will be considered. 
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. 
  • This competition is administered by the Royal Gibraltar Police

Isolation unit becomes operational

A new isolation unit has become operational at Mount Alvernia. Its timely opening means that there is now extra capacity for IV therapy, cardiac monitoring and non-invasive mechanic ventilation.

Elderly Residential Services’ Care Manager Susan Vallejo said; “This newly created isolation unit increases our capability to care for residents potentially infected by COVID-19 and complements the existing contingency measures.”

Minister for Health and Care, the Hon. Paul Balban added, “I believe this additional facility will add valuable resilience to the ERS in its contingency planning. I am grateful to GJBS for having delivered this project in record time and, of course, my gratitude to Susan and her team for their unwavering commitment to the care and safety of our community’s most vulnerable. Additionally, this is a real advantage for the future also as we will be able to provide medical care for our vulnerable elders here even after the COVID Pandemic is over.”

Cultural Online Programme – Week 7

Monday 4th May 2020

Storytelling for Children from the John Mackintosh Hall Library 11am GAMPA performance
GibTalks 2017 featuring Julian Felice and Samantha Barrass 2pm BrightMed Talks featuring John Le Drew

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Storytelling for Children – LIVE
Jetstream Video Clips
GibTalks 2017 featuring Tito Vallejo
Phillip Borge and Anthony Roper – Duettino – Singing songs from II Divo

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Storytelling for Children from the John Mackintosh Hall Library 11am Surianne Dalmedo – Find Your Voice – Part 1 – LIVE
GibTalks 2017 featuring Man Benn Tahayekt and Sean Acris 2pm BrightMed Talks featuring Yan Delgado

Thursday 7th May 2020

Storytelling for Children – LIVE
GAMPA performance
GibTalks 2017 featuring Henry and Priscilla Sacramento 2pm Music Potpourri featuring Karina Ortiz and Liana Peklivanas

Friday 8th May 2020

Storytelling for Children from the John Mackintosh Hall Library
11am Surianne Dalmedo – Find Your Voice – Part 2 – LIVE
GibTalks 2017 featuring Karl Ullger
World Music Festival 2017 featuring Orphy Robinson, Lester Batchelor, Dee Byrtne and Mohammed Nazam

Find out more online: and as well as social media.
For further information please contact Gibraltar Cultural Services on 20075669, 20067236, 202079750 or email:


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