Feb 22 Unite Women’s Committee

Unite The UnionSamantha Sacramento, Minister for Equality has this week met with representatives of Unite Women’s Committee. The Union has been undergoing a re-structure in this respect and the parties waited until this was complete before having their first formal meeting. What was intended to be an introductory meeting developed into an in-depth exchange of ideas, with discussions highlighting common concerns and objectives in the area of equality. The Minister and representatives of the Union are enthusiastic about working collectively towards common goals and have agreed to have regular quarterly meetings.

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Feb 21 - Westside Student Awarded for Highest GCSE Grade in Europe

westside awardThis afternoon, Westside Sixth form student, Sophia Lombard was awarded a certificate from examining board EDEXCEL for achieving the highest grade in Europe for her ICT GCSE.

Speaking to YGTV, Sofia noted that she studied for her ICT exam in the same way that she studied for her other subjects. She added that she did find the subject easier than others and was hoping to pursue Computer Science at University in two years.

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Feb 21 - Tourist Board Hosts Birmingham Travel Trade Roadshow

minister costaYesterday, The Gibraltar Tourist Board held a travel trade road show in Birmingham in order to bring together travel agents from the Birmingham area and tourism industry partners from the UK and Gibraltar. The event was organised around the launch of flights from Birmingham to Gibraltar with Monarch Airlines, as from the end of March.

The road show included a workshop allowing for guests and industry partners to exchange information on their products and services. Tourism Minister Neil Costa also hosted a meal, which included a destination presentation. The event concluded with a raffle with prizes consisting of accommodation, flights, tours and travel vouchers donated by the industry partners.

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Feb 21 - Government Shoots Down GSD Housing Claim

coach parkThe Opposition yesterday insisted that despite the Government’s manifesto commitment to provide homes for all those on Government Housing List by December 9th 2012, during their first term in Office, they have now stated that they will construct only 140 Government rental homes.

The Party notes that during Friday’s Parliament session Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Garcia announced that the Government intends to build 950 new homes, with only 140 of these to be for Government rental.

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Feb 21 - Customs Expands Computer System

customsLast year, Her Majesty’s Customs Gibraltar launched the Automated System for Customs Data Yacht Portal which has effectively managed the electronic clearance of over 700 pleasure craft and 5000 passengers and crew over the past three months.

As Customs’ next step into advancing their technology, they will introduce a simplified procedure for the collection of import duty for personal imports, initially at the Parcel Post Depot and Four Corners Station, with other out-stations to follow.

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