May 02 - Gibraltar Government Powers Towards Tax Evasion Eradication

govtAs an issue that is raised by many outside of Gibraltar, the Government has today declared that they are taking steps towards eradicating tax evasion in Gibraltar. They have insisted that they are committed to continuing work the UK Government, and the wider international community, on a new package on tax transparency.

The initiative was advocated within the Overseas Territories’ White Paper. A Government statement released this morning added, ‘the Gibraltar Government is confident that it already has in place a robust regime for the rooting out of tax evasion, particularly through its membership of the EU and full compliance with EU rules. It is committed to pursuing this agenda with the UK in agreement, and subject to consultation, with the finance industry in Gibraltar.’

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May 02 - Rotary Awards for Charity Work and Dedication

rotary club awards The Gibraltar Rotary Club’s annual Vocation Award Presentation and Speaker’s Party was held recently, at the Royal Calpe. The awards are offered by the Rotarians to give recognisance to members of the community that are ‘worthy of special attention’. Three awards were presented to ‘a young person’, ‘a civil or public servant’ and ‘an Elder’.

President of the Club, Jennifer Stentiford hosted the event. She presented the Youth Award to Ben Donohue who was nominated for his selfless dedication to raising money for the Jamie Inglis appeal. 8-year-old Ben carried out a marathon swim at Nuffield Pool last summer, in order to raise £10,000 in aid of 3 year old Jamie Inglis, who suffered from Nueroblastoma. Ben made the decision to raise the funds without even meeting Jamie.

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May 02 - 6th Annual GHA Staff Awards

ghaThis evening will mark the 6th annual GHA Staff Awards Ceremony at the John Mackintosh Hall. GHA staff and their families will attend the ceremony to receive awards for their long service with the GHA. In addition there will be eight special awards given to GHA staff in recognition of outstanding individual and team performance in 2012.

These awards have been the subject of nominations from patients, relatives or carers of patients, and GHA staff, and cover a number of categories including; GHA Support Services Employee of the Year – Behind the Scenes, GHA Support Services Employee of the Year – Frontline, GHA Nursing Assistant/Auxiliary Nurse of the Year, GHA Qualified Nurse of the Year, GHA Allied Health Professional/Healthcare Scientist of the Year, GHA Ward/Department of the Year, GHA Doctor/Dentist of the Year and GHA Employee of the Year.

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Apr 30 - Spring Art Competition

spring festival logoThe Ministry of Culture wishes to remind local artists of the Spring Art Competition, which will be held in May as part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival. Closing date for receipt of entries is 6pm on Friday 10th May 2013.

The competition is open to Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar aged 16 and over as at 22nd May 2013. A maximum of two paintings and two sculptures may be submitted by each artist. Works must be original and not previously entered competitively, except for entries submitted in the Agency’s art competition for Young Artists. Entries will be exhibited at the John Mackintosh Hall, from the 23rd May to the 7th June 2013.

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Apr 30 - Queen’s Birthday Garden Party

governorThe Queen’s Birthday Garden Party will this year be held in the Convent on the evening of Thursday 13th June. A number of invitations will be reserved for members of the public who have not previously had an opportunity to attend a Garden Party at the Convent.

Commenting on the event, His Excellency the Governor noted, ‘opening up the Convent and making it more accessible has been a theme of our time here and Suzie and I would like to continue this for our last QBP in Gibraltar. We are very keen to extend an invitation to members of the public who would like to join us for this special occasion, particularly those who may not have had a chance previously to attend a Garden Party. The QBP is a real highlight for us and we would be delighted to welcome some new faces to the Convent to join us for what always proves to be a very enjoyable evening.’

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Apr 30 - John Mackintosh Hall Library Refurbishment

library refurbishment The Ministry of Culture today announced that the second phase of the refurbishment of the John Mackintosh Hall Library is now complete.

This first phase that consisted of painting, laying a new carpet, the provision of new chairs, refurbishment of the tables, and a new look for the reception area was already announced last summer.

This second phase consisting of a newspaper reading area with easy chairs and new furniture in the children’s section has now been finalised.

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Apr 30 - Chief Minister May Day Message Pays Tribute to Chicago Martyrs

picardoChief Minister Fabian Picardo has today stated that May 1st is an essential part of what being a socialist is all about. Reflecting on the reasons for the importance of the day, Mr. Picardo insisted that May 1st commemorates a demonstration held in Chicago in 1886 in favour of the eight-hour working day. The demonstration was disrupted by police gunfire resulting in the death of many who supported that cause. Those who lost their lives became known as the “Chicago Martyrs”.

The day is now commemorated worldwide as ‘Worker’s Day’, in honour of those who died at the demonstration, as well as those who continually campaign for worker’s rights.

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