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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.

In a hearing held on Tuesday 16 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union heard submissions from the Gibraltar Government and the Gibraltar Target Shooting Association on the question of whether the EU Directive establishing a European Firearms Pass ought to be implemented in Gibraltar, in Case C-267/16.

Government have published a Bill to amend the Medical (Gibraltar Health Authority) Act 1987 to provide for changes in the management structure of the Gibraltar Health Authority.

Minister Bossano’s Speech at UN C24 Regional Seminar

The Gibraltar Museum will be opening its doors for their 16th annual Open Day on Saturday 20th May, 2017, from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. As in other years the open day is aimed to coincide as closely as possible with International Museum Day (18th May). This year’s international theme is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.

The Gibraltar Youth Service was very busy over the weekend with a variety of activities taking place in the community.

In a statement released today, the Government said it was "informed at noon today, by a senior Director from the United Kingdom, of the decision by the Newcastle Building Society to close their branch in Gibraltar following what they say was an 18 month review. HM GOG regrets the news that Newcastle has, following a strategic review, closed a number of branches, including Gibraltar."

The next in the Gibraltar Museum’s lecture series held in collaboration with the Gorham’s Cave Complex and the Gibraltar Scientific Society, will be held this Thursday 18th May at 7pm at the Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall.