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The John Mackintosh Hall gallery will host a viewing of the Gibraltar Collection from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2017.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes the comments made by Unite the Union and wishes to clarify several points.

The Royal Gibraltar Police is currently investigating a Robbery that occurred between 1930hrs and 2010hrs on the 2nd January 2017 in the area of Prince Edwards Road, in the vicinity of forty steps.

The officers of the Environmental Protection and Research Unit of the Department of the Environment and Climate Change (DECC) saw the year close with the stranding of three animals: one razorbill at Sandy Bay followed by two loggerhead turtles, the first at Eastern Beach and the second at Catalan Bay.

2016 marked the successful inscription of Gibraltar’s first World Heritage Site. The Gorham’s Cave Complex became the United Kingdom’s 30th World Heritage Site, significantly in the year that marked the 30th anniversary of the first United Kingdom sites to be inscribed.

The Department of the Environment and Climate Change has for the first time introduced a Christmas tree recycling programme for the disposal of real Christmas trees.

Vox would like to wish its readers a happy and prosperous 2017

Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:

Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is pleased to announce the programme of events for the New Year’s Eve Celebrations. The events that are being organised by Fresh Entertainment will be held on Saturday 31st December 2016 at Casemates Square from 10.30pm to 3am on Sunday 1st January 2017.

"As Lorraine and I approach the end of our first year on the Rock, may I first, take this opportunity to say how deeply humbled, and forever grateful, we are for the Gibraltarian People’s embracing friendship, and your generosity of spirit and deed, from the moment we stepped ashore in January.

Since July 2015, HM Government of Gibraltar has been issuing replacement Electronic Identity Cards free of charge and, so far, approximately 32,500 cards have been issued. This free issue of replacement cards will cease on 31 December 2016. With effect from 1 January 2017, the fee for the issue of first time cards will be £25.00.

Gibraltar Cultural Services (GCS) on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is proud to announce that Kimberley Pecino has recently obtained a qualification accredited by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and is now a certified professional librarian.

At a reception held at the International Police Association (IPA) club, Commissioner of Police Eddie YOME, in the presence of His Excellency the Governor Lt General Edward Davis, and the Hon Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, presented the traditional annual staff awards following a process of nominations received from peers and management alike.

Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome, on behalf of the RGP Charity Committee, and in the presence of His Excellency the Governor Lt Gen Edward Davis and the Hon Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, presented cheques totalling £13,520.00 to representatives of several charities at a reception held on Tuesday.

As the community is probably aware, November was Diabetes Awareness month. It is important that members of the public are aware of the risks of diabetes and how these can be avoided. It is also important that health professionals are updated about new developments in diabetes so that they can provide effective advice, care and management.

Following the successful launch of the Gibraltar Geoportal, the Department of the Environment and Climate Change, together with the Information Technology and Logistics Department, have recently finalised the upgrading of Gibraltar’s Geoportal.

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia this week discussed with Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk a number of issues relating to the potential withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar from the European Union.

Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is inviting local artists to participate in the annual Art Competition for Young Artists that will be held in March 2017. Closing date for receipt of entries is 6pm on Friday 17th February 2017.

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson, signed the UK’s acceptance of the Paris Agreement, which relates to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, on 17th November 2016. While this does not extend the Agreement to the UK Overseas Territories, the UK Government is committed to consulting the Territories regarding extensions to include them.

The Minister with responsibility for Families and Children has restructured and revised the composition of the Child Protection Committee. This Committee was created under the Children Act 2009, with the purpose of bringing together key agencies, such as the Royal Gibraltar Police, Probation Services, Youth Services, Gibraltar Health Authority, the Department of Education, the Care Agency and others, to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and child protection procedures are effective.