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.

On Workers’ Memorial Day,  Government introduced a new Health and Safety Policy specifically designed for Gibraltar as part of an ongoing wholesale strategy to develop and strengthen Health & Safety procedures. The Ministry of Business and Employment have announced the composition of the Health and Safety Advisory Council established under the new Health and Safety Policy.

Clinical Nurse Manager Frances Catania won the GHA’s prestigious “Employee of the Year Award” at the GHA’s eighth annual Staff Awards Ceremony which took place on Monday 16th May at the John Mackintosh Hall.

The Gibraltar National Mint has commissioned a special limited edition set of Fine Gold .999 24ct coins, which have been created in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The first set (00) was presented by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to HRH The Princess Royal as a gift to Her Majesty on behalf of the people of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Finance is sponsoring STEP 2016, in Birmingham on 19th May 2016. Paul Astengo, Senior Executive will lead the Gibraltar delegation.