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To coincide with the arrival of the summer season a new version of the ‘Safety at Sea’ booklet has just been published in a joint venture between the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA), the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA).

Because of its concerns at the pollution levels it inherited, Government says 'it has been working hard, since elected at the end of 2011, to improve air quality in Gibraltar. Its data show that pollution levels have in fact been decreasing in that time. The GSD Opposition’s Trevor Hammond’s “deep concern” is amusing given that the data used by WHO is from 2008 to 2013, therefore mainly from his party’s term in Government.'

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Dr John Cortes was in Cadiz with senior Departmental officials yesterday, visiting the Junta de Andalucia's head of Environment for Cadiz, the Delegado Provincial de Medio Ambiente, Angel Acuña at the Junta de Andalucia's Cadiz headquarters.

Govt have released a statement stating 'Enforcement of the law remains the responsibility of the Royal Gibraltar Police and is at its discretion, although Environmental Protection Officers (EPOs), who do not have full enforcement powers, are increasingly involved in monitoring and challenging illegal activities – usually with considerable success. EPOs regularly challenge vessels, commercial and otherwise, and on most occasions these move away.'

Notre Dame School held a Disability Awareness assembly last Friday. Guest speakers Eric Rowbottom and Manar Ben Tahayekt (a staff member at the Department of Education) delivered short presentations and answered questions from the children who took to the event and were very interested in finding out more about what it means to live with a disability.

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 25th May to 3rd June. The Acting Chief Minister, the Hon Samantha Sacramento, officially opened the Exhibition and presented the prizes on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

Photos from the Gibraltar Delegation in Brussels

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has declared that there is no conflict between being patriotic and British and being European at the same time. He warned that the United Kingdom and Gibraltar risk a period of economic and political limbo if the result of the Referendum on 23 June is to leave the European Union. Dr Garcia was addressing the Commonwealth Forum of the National Liberal Club in London while en route to Brussels.

In an effort to raise funds in support of Mental Health Day, the Youth Service collaborated with Clubhouse Gibraltar for the second year running. The event was a great success with two cake stalls and the Youth Service DJs providing a day of entertainment on stage.

The Chief Minister leaves Gibraltar on Monday for a two day visit to Brussels where he will hold various meetings with Members of the European Parliament and senior officials at the European Commission. This visit comes at a crucial time with Britain’s EU Referendum only a month away.

On the day that the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia leave for Brussels, the Government says "it considers that it is important to highlight the fact that Gibraltar stands to receive a total of nearly 60 million euros in EU funding since the first allocation of such funds was made in 1990. This includes the current programme. A total of 75 public sector projects and 202 private sector projects in Gibraltar have benefitted from EU Structural Funds over the years. This has come about because of our membership of the European Union."

Clubhouse Gibraltar have released a statement thanking the Community of Gibraltar for their "tremendous support" on their Wear Yellow in support of Mental Health Awareness.

Government have released a statement where "it notes that the statement from Messrs Isola's and Fiduciary has confirmed and put entirely beyond doubt the fact that Albert Isola has properly disclosed all his interests in his Declaration of Interest form."

RGP Recruit Class 01/16, in the presence of Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome and Minister for Tourism, Equality, Social Services and Housing, Samantha Sacramento, presented a cheque for £5778.04 to Damian Broton, of local Drugs Awareness charity Stay Clean Gibraltar Group.

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Dr John Cortes, and senior members of the Department of the Environment and Climate Change, Chief Executive Dr Liesl Torres and Senior Scientific Officer Stephen Warr yesterday participated, via Skype, in a meeting of the Environmental Committee of the Falkland Islands Government.

A major art exhibition is being organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. This exhibition, entitled ‘Lines and Colours – The Royal Academicians’ will showcase the works of Royal Academicians: Anne Desmet, Barbara Rae and Ann Christopher.

Paul Astengo, Senior Executive with Gibraltar Finance will be attending the WealthBriefing European Awards ceremony on 19th May 2016 at the Guildhall, London. Gibraltar Finance has been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the “International Finance Centre” category.

Fire Control Operator (FCO) Dean Debono has successfully completed the FCO’s induction training programme conducted locally.

The Queen’s Birthday Garden Party 2016 will be held in the Convent on the evening of Thursday 9th June, 7:30 – 9:30pm. As was the case last year, a number of invitations will be reserved for members of the public.

The Govt has launched a booklet which sets out the reasons why people in Gibraltar should vote to remain in the European Union in the coming referendum on 23 June. This follows the practice in the United Kingdom where the UK Government also published a booklet putting across its point of view.