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Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Dr John Cortes, recently chaired the second meeting of the Brexit and Environment Working Group, which includes representatives from the Department of Environment., Heritage and Climate Change, the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS), and the Environmental Safety Group (ESG).

The Ministry of Equality, as part of its Equality Means Business series of lectures, hosted a working breakfast seminar for over 60 attendees this morning to look at why being inclusive makes business sense.

Last weekend eighteen young people from the Laguna Youth Club took part in an overnight camping adventure with “Earth Strength” in Fascinas, Spain.

An Open Day will be held at the Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery on Friday 2nd June to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the gallery and to present to the public several newly acquired artworks.

The GHA School of Health Studies today held their Health and Social Care awards ceremony at the Rock Hotel. The event was attended by Minister for Health, Care and Justice, the Honourable Neil F. Costa MP, School Principal Ian Peate, Dr Ron Coram and other guests.

The Gibraltar Contingency Council (GCC) met again this morning, 24th May, to review security following the latest developments in the UK.

The Gibraltar Spring Visual Arts Exhibition, organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, is being held at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery from 24th May to 3rd June. The Hon Steven Linares, Minister for Culture officially opened the Exhibition and presented the prizes on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

Ms Donna Lee HOYVIK who has been the subject of a missing person appeal has been in contact with her family and is safe and well in Spain.

Today the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (“GRA”), as the Data Protection Commissioner, has published its second guidance note on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will come into force in Gibraltar on the 25th May 2018.

The Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, and to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Rt Hon Andy Burnham, to express the sincere condolences of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the People of Gibraltar in the aftermath of the barbaric attacks perpetrated at Manchester Arena last night.

Today the Minister of Equality launched the first of a series of guidance documents in relation to disability equality matters which will be made available to all Government Departments, private sector and the community by the Ministry of Equality.

A scheduled meeting of the Gibraltar Contingency Council (GCC) took place this morning, jointly chaired by His Excellency the Governor and the Chief Minister.

Apart from a wealth of food and drink at this year’s Calentita, the public will be able to enjoy a varied number of activities including music, dance and cooking demonstrations. Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, has been working closely with organiser’s Word of Mouth in order to provide a very entertaining programme to compliment the gastronomic feast on offer.

The Royal Gibraltar Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of American national Donna Lee HOYVIK, dob 29/11/1960 who has been a Gibraltar resident for a number of years.

At the end of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, the Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society have offered some comments on how it sees the situation at the moment. At a public meeting held on the 3rd April, a number of issues were raised by relatives of service users, and others.

Gibraltar Cultural Services have announced the return of BookCrossing Day on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned, Main Street, between 11am and 2pm.

As is well known, Western Beach consistently had excellent bacterial water quality prior to 2010. Since then, and especially during periods of rainfall in the winter months, there have been erratic episodes associated with sewage discharges from a storm water drain from La Linea which significantly affected the bacterial water quality at this beach. Nevertheless, it was possible to open Western Beach last summer since bathing water quality was acceptable from an EU perspective during this period.

The Government of Gibraltar, together with the Bar Council, issued a consultation paper on a draft Legal Services Bill in the summer of 2016. The Government intends to publish a revised draft of that Bill shortly in order that it may be taken before Parliament.

Clubhouse Gibraltar has successfully secured the licence to run Mental Health First Aid courses in Gibraltar. Two Clubhouse staff members have qualified as trainers in Mental Health 1st Aid after attending a course in UK .The Mental Health First Aid course is an internationally recognised course, established in Australia.

Government, together with the Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses, will host a breakfast for its members where a guest speaker will give a talk on disability awareness and its importance to businesses.