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Albert Isola, Minister with responsibility for Financial Services, is in Beijing this week for a series of meetings and presentations focusing on, but not limited to, insurance based opportunities in Gibraltar for Chinese companies.

Members of Parliament today voted 15-0 in favour of same sex Marriage, in what was described as a ‘Landmark Day for Gibraltar and this Parliament’ by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

GSLA have coordinated a programme of sport and leisure activities to be delivered by Gibraltar’s Sports and Leisure Associations over the Mid Term break.

Govt have said it notes ill-informed media comment in Spain suggesting that Gibraltar has somehow been excluded from the meeting being held in London today between the First Ministers of each of the Devolved Parliaments of the home nations of the United Kingdom and the Prime Minister.

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia arrived in London on Sunday night for a full day of meetings today Monday.

The Royal Gibraltar Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 53yr old Filipino national Rosemary Payoyo Magno, who was last seen leaving the area of Admiral’s Place in the South District at about 11am on Sunday 16th October 2016.

Key staff at the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) held a series of Oil Spill related exercises during the course of this week, in conjunction with Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL).

Gibraltar Finance is attending and sponsoring the Clearview Wealth Briefing to be held on 25th October 2016 at the Beau Rivage, Genève, Switzerland.

Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture have announced the purchase of some £2000 worth of new books for the John Mackintosh Hall Library.

The John Mackintosh Hall Library is pleased to announce the donation of over 400 books to the children’s section of the library. These books were kindly donated by Baby STEPPs, and are comprised of reading and educational books for children from 0-8 years old.

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, has carried out a ministerial reallocation of responsibilities.

The Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau will be issuing a limited edition commemorative First Day Cover set of stamps as part of the 2016 edition of the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival. The stamps, a thousand in total, will be individually numbered and feature an old print of the Gibraltar Garrison Library and garden facing Town Range. 

Next week is Fostering and Adoption Awareness Week. The Social Services Department of the Care Agency have organised a series of informational events and workshops, which will take place throughout the week, in order to raise awareness of fostering and adoption in Gibraltar, and to provide information and support to anyone interested in taking the next steps in the fostering and adoption process.

Government have today announced that the Employment Tribunal reforms will be effective as from today.  The new Employment Tribunal will operate through separate sets of rules regulating its constitution and procedure.

This month’s Gibraltar Gibunco International Literary Festival will incorporate the third edition of the increasingly popular Schools Festival, where eight of the speakers taking part will be delivering talks to school children over the duration of the four day programme.

Immediately after his arrival in Brussels on Wednesday morning, the Chief Minister addressed a think tank comprising politicians, EU officials, lawyers, journalists and representatives of major European institutions.

The Gibraltar Museum has won the Festival Award at the recent Twickenham Alive Film Festival 2016 with a short film showcasing the Gorham’s Cave Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The Chief Minister met on Monday with MoD representatives of Unite the Union on issues relating to the recent announcement of voluntary redundancies.

The Royal Gibraltar Police are aware of an incident on Saturday evening whereby a young female was confronted by an unknown person dressed as a clown and wielding what appeared to be a baseball bat, resulting in the juvenile feeling distressed and intimidated.

 

"Dear Mr Picardo,

 

The Secular Humanist Society of Gibraltar wholeheartedly welcomes the imminent amendments to the Marriage Act to make same sex marriage a reality, finally bringing about equality for all in this area.