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Governor’s Meadow First School and Nursery held a Spring ‘Eggstravaganza’ on Monday 21st March which saw the school community come together for an afternoon of creative arts and delicious treats.

The Govt have announced that following intensive lobbying by Minister Albert Isola and the team at Gibraltar Finance, Bulgaria has definitively removed Gibraltar from its ‘tax haven’ list.

For the 5th consecutive year the Gibraltar Youth Service teamed up with the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Care Agency to give young people the opportunity to positively contribute to the community.

On behalf of HM Government and the people of Gibraltar, the Minister of Culture, the Hon Steven Linares would like to congratulate conductor Karel Chichon OBE for having been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM).

The Borders and Coastguard Agency’s Training Manager, Mr Andrew Victor, has been recognised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as an Aviation Security Certified Instructor.

Picardo writes to Belgian PM: the Belgian flag will fly from No 6 Convent Place at half-mast alongside the Gibraltar flag and the Union Jack; and Moorish Castle will be lit in the colours of the Belgian flag.

The Govt have announced today that on 24th March 2016 the LLP regulations will be published in the gazette and the Limited Liability Partnership Act will come into operation on the same date. It explains that this is an excellent addition to the growing suite of new and refreshed legislation arising from the Government’s commitment to support practitioners in our jurisdiction.

The Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers welcomes the Government’s statement dated 18th March 2016 that clarifies their position on these matters.  It is now satisfied that given the process of discussion and consultation that needs to take place any and all press and media reports coming from across the frontier that attempts to suggest that a detailed agreement has been reached with the Government of Gibraltar can be discounted as pure speculation.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is able to confirm that all staff at our Brussels Office are safe and accounted for.

Albert Poggio OBE GMH will be retiring as UK Representative for HM Government of Gibraltar and Director of Gibraltar House in London, on 30th June 2016, after 28 years of distinguished service. He is the doyen of the Overseas Territories’ Representatives in the UK.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is pleased to announce the acceptance into service of six new buses that will be for use on the Upper Town and Mount Alvernia routes.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, as part of its consultative process, is soon to engage with representative groups and many of the individuals who responded to the Command Paper for Consultation on Equal Marriage.

At the Gala Night of the Gibraltar Drama Festival held at the Ince’s Hall Theatre on Saturday 19th March 2016, the Adjudicator, Paul Mills GODA, reached the following decision on the Awards:

The Ministry of Culture is pleased to announce the Gibraltar-Berlin Artist in Residence Exchange Programme for artists working in any medium. This is particularly for those interested in developing their work in urban public spaces. This residency will be organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of HM Government of Gibraltar and Lichtenberg Studios.

As the EU referendum becomes a major focus of media attention, journalists from across Europe are looking at Gibraltar as a unique participant in the British poll. The only polling stations outside the United Kingdom will, of course, be those in Gibraltar – and time-zone differences mean they will open an hour before those in UK.

Tuesday 24th March to Friday 1st April

Minister for Equality, the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, has attended an International Parliamentary Conference on Combatting Antisemitism in Berlin. The summit was organised by the German Government and Parliament in partnership with the Inter- Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism (ICCA), and hosted over 150 parliamentarians from more than 50 countries.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, inaugurated the Elizabeth II Sports Annex at the Bayside Sports Centre in the presence of His Excellency the Governor Lieutenant General Edward Davis CB, CBE and Minister for Sport Steven Linares, amongst other invited guests.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes the concerns expressed by the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (GFSA) in relation to possible details in changes being considered to some aspects of some types of recreational fishing from boats for non-residents. This is being considered exclusively in relation to type ‘B’ licences, which is line fishing from boats, and does not include fishing from shore, long lines, spearfishing or tuna fishing. These were discussed at length on Tuesday evening during the course of a two hour meeting between GFSA, the Minister for the Environment Dr John Cortes, and Department of the Environment officials.

The Royal Gibraltar Police’s Head of Crime and Protective Services, Superintendent Ian McGrail, together with the High Tech Crime Unit’s, Constable Jason Oton, have this week attended the SINCERE Launching Conference in Jersey.