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Gibraltar Cultural Services is pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 2020 Gibraltar Drama Festival is Mrs Jan Palmer Sayer B.Ed. MA GoDA.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, is organising ‘World Book Day’ at the John Mackintosh Hall on Thursday 5th March 2020.

The Gambling Licensing Authority, on advice from the Gambling Commissioner, has suspended the gambling operating licenses of Addison Global trading under the brand name Moplay.

Gibraltar Cultural Services has announced improvements within the John Mackintosh Hall Complex as part of the cultural commitment to sustainability and recycling.

The Chief Minister has today responded to the complaint of the Gibraltar Pro-Life Movement in respect of his comments on the referendum.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo, said: “I have said in Parliament and during the recent General Election campaign that my view is that our abortion laws should change to allow abortion in the circumstances provided for in our amendment to the Crimes Act. I will repeat that whenever I am asked, wherever I am asked and by whoever I am asked in the run up to the date of the referendum in March. I believe the issue is one of a woman’s right to choose and that abortion should be a matter addressed in our health services in a modern society. Mr Parody, Ms Morillo and other members of their team had better start getting used to it. It is my view and the view also expressed by many members of the Government that I lead. But the decision on whether or not to activate the new law is now for the people in the referendum.

“Mr Parody and Ms Morillo and other members of their team call for respect, but then fail to respect the right of elected members of the Parliament and executive position holders to express our views on this subject, even when requested to do so by an interviewer. I will certainly not accept any attempt to prevent me from expressing my views. All former Chief Ministers have expressed their views on issues which have been subject to a referendum before, from Sir Joshua in 1967 and Sir Peter in 2002, as I did in 2016 on the Brexit referendum. No one ever complained about those expressions of their opinions. That is not going to change now because Mr Parody and Ms Morillo and other members of their team don’t like my views. They had better start getting used to hearing me express my honestly held views and to watch and hear me seeking to persuade people to register to vote, to go out and vote, and to vote Yes in this referendum.

“It seems to me that, not content with supporting a position that seeks to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, Mr Parody and Ms Morillo and other members of their team now want to tell me what I can and cannot say and where I can and cannot say it. They also purport to tell journalists from the national broadcaster, GBC, what they can ask and where and how they should edit and broadcast the answers they are given.

“Finally, I am grateful to Mr Parody and Ms Morillo and other members of their team for their complaint as it has allowed me once again to be clear in expressing my support as an individual and as Chief Minister for a YES vote in the coming referendum. As I told GBC, I believe that a vote for YES is a vote for the rights of women and I wholeheartedly support that position and seek that everyone should go out and vote YES for that reason.”

GBC has announced the list of nominees for this year's edition of the GBC Sports Awards to be held at Grand Battery House on Tuesday 24th March 2020.

A multi-agency exercise is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19th February. This will test Gibraltar’s preparedness for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding, HM Customs, Gibraltar and Japan Tobacco International promote a joint effort against tobacco illicit trade.

Gibraltar will withdraw from the Strait Games and no longer participate in this annual event.

Yesterday evening, the Chief Minister hosted a Farewell Reception in honour of the Governor, Lt Gen Davis and Mrs Davis, at which the Governor was presented with a set of miniature keys in sterling silver.

The Coronavirus Co-ordinating Group has taken active measures to protect Gibraltar from the spread of the virus.

A meeting of the Gibraltar Contingency Council took place on the 11th Febuary 2020, to review security and civil contingency matters, including Gibraltar’s preparedness for Coronavirus Disease.

Government has today launched the Safety Advisory Group, with the purpose of bringing together key agencies, to ensure the safety of all events in our community.

Gibraltar Cultural Services have announced that the 2020 Gibraltar Drama Festival will take place from Monday 16th to Friday 20th March 2020.

Following the success of the first phase of Old Street Signs in February 2015, the Ministry of Business, Tourism and Transport is launching the second instalment of 5 new sites to be exhibited on engraved new street plaques.

Gibraltar Cultural Services is organising the Gibraltar-Artist Residency in Greece 2020. The cultural programme is organised in conjunction with Plan B. International Artist Studios, directed by artist Francis Gomila.

Seven Gibraltar teachers have successfully attended the UN Climate Change Teacher Academy in association with the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership.

Gibraltar will mark our departure from the European Union tomorrow with a short and solemn ceremony at midnight.

The Ince’s Hall Theatre will be undergoing a new refurbishment project to keep in line with accessibility.

The Minister for Business has met with representatives of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses (GFSB) and The Mosaic Partnership as part of the ongoing progress and implementation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Main Street.