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The Secretary of State for International Trade Rt Hon Liam Fox MP was in Gibraltar today. The visit centred around preparations for the United Kingdom and Gibraltar’s departure from the European Union and the trading opportunities that will follow.

The Gibraltar College has announced it will, for the first time, offer a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills as from February 2019. The qualification will be offered through the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning have announced that a series of pedestrian improvements will be introduced in phases to help improve pedestrian safety and increase pedestrian options in the area of Market Place, Corral Road and Glacis Road.

CHAMP (Children, Healthy and Active! Multi-Agency Programme) a GHA initiative, will be running a free cooking session for children between the age of 8-12 years this Friday 18th January.

Last week, the Minister for Sport, the Hon. Steven Linares led a delegation to the Myrtha Pools Headquarters in Castiglione della Stiviere, Mantova, Italy.

In response to a video of an incident in Laguna Estate yesterday afternoon concerning a two year old child, which was widely shared on social media, the RGP in conjunction with the Care Agency, have exercised their powers under the Children Act 2009 to remove the child from his mother into police protection.

Once again Gibraltar will be hosting the Gareth Cowin Futsal Tournament which makes a welcome return to the Rock this coming weekend, when five teams will battle it out to claim victory in the 5th year of this competition.

The Gibraltar Port Authority and Petrospot, together with HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Maritime Administration and other local stakeholders have joined forces to create the inaugural Maritime Week Gibraltar, a major new biennial event.

 

In the event of a no deal Brexit, Government have published the following guidance for those who have existing domain name registrations under .eu or have an interest in registering a domain name under .eu.

The first Gibraltar based patient to receive a cadaveric renal transplant in the UK for over 15 years, has recently returned home to Gibraltar.

In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020, which also covers Gibraltar.

The Gibraltar Financial Intelligence Unit (GFIU) has this week launched an online reporting system for Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR). The system, called Themis, consists of two separate parts – an online ‘portal’ for use by Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLROs) and a system visible only to the GFIU.

The Government and the Gibraltar Electricity Authority have reported a reduction of energy consumption in a number of areas.

"My dear friends, for many of us, today has been the first full day back at work after a peaceful and plentiful Christmas. Our Jewish, Hindu and Muslim brethren have enjoyed similarly peaceful and plentiful Hanukkah, Diwali and Eid festivals respectively throughout the past year."

eToroX, the digital asset subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, has been granted a distributed ledger technology (DLT) licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).

In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020, which also covers Gibraltar.

"Brexit is the challenge of this generation. In less than three months’ time, barring a major surprise, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar will leave the European Union. So far, Gibraltar has already overcome a number of challenges in this our collective journey forward."

Just before Christmas, the Minister for Education, Heritage, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon John Cortes presented Angelo Galdez with the Royal Life Saving Society’s “Giovanni Sene Award” for the best trainee lifeguard to qualify for the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

For another year, World Trade Center Gibraltar has reached out to WTC Members and the local community, who have kindly helped to donate presents to underprivileged children at Christmas time. The Youth Service assisted with the distribution, making it possible to reach these families personally. 

"Merry Christmas Gibraltar. At this special time of year, Lorraine and I would like to wish the People of Gibraltar all the uplifting happiness and ‘humanness’ that flows from the festive season when we take time to get together with our family and friends; when we take time to listen, understand and empathise with each other’s perspective; when we take time to say “Merry Christmas” to those familiar, yet unacquainted faces, in the crowd; and when we take time to offer those in our Community experiencing hardship a compassionate ear and helping hand."