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In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day His Worship the Mayor, Mr Christian Santos GMD hosted the committee and members of Down Syndrome Support Group Gibraltar at City Hall.

His Worship took the opportunity to celebrate the achievements over the past two years of members of the Group in the fields of culture and sport as follows.

Lucy Stewart: bronze medal in the Gibraltar International Dance Festival

Adam Stewart: for swimming 50m in 43 seconds at a Butterfly swimming competition

Jeffrey Migliori: for his participation in the Disability Golf Cairns Cup in the UK

Alfred Celecia: for his participation in swimming at the Special Olympics

Shane Martinez: for achieving 2 medals for bowling in Malta 2022

Charles Zammit and Nicholas Payas: for taking part in Challenge 21 Virtual 21K steps challenge, walking 21,000 steps and raising over £1,500 between them for Down’s Syndrome Association UK.

A special mention was also given to Caine McWilliam for dancing Capoeira with Art in Movement for almost 9 years.

His Worship spoke about how everyone is unique and how embracing our differences is how Gibraltar has become the beautiful community is it. He praised the Group’s committee, family members and carers for their work and support which further allow members the opportunities to excel in their chosen areas.

Portrait Changeover

The melancholy task of removing the official portraits of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at No 6 Convent Place and the Convent has taken place.

Temporary portraits of His Majesty the King and the Queen Consort are now on display with permanent Official Portraits to follow in the summer following the Coronation. 


The Department of the Environment has deployed a meteo ocean buoy within the Seven Sisters Marine Conservation Zone.

The buoy collects and transmits wave, wind, sea surface temperature, seabed temperature and barometric pressure data in real time. It has been sourced from Aqualink, a philanthropic engineering organisation who is working towards building ocean conservation technology. The Department will use the data for on-going marine monitoring and research programmes.

Gibraltar’s data can be viewed at

World Book day at Westside

Westside School’s English Department held their traditional fundraising event for the EV Foundation during World Book Day this year, raising just over £400 for the local charity.

Funds were raised as part of a non-uniform day where pupils could choose to dress up as a literary character and take part in the annual costume competition.

Prizes for the competitions were generously donated by local companies Tramonti Pizzeria, Mamma Mia Pizzeria, The Scented Garden, Thai Orchid Spa, My Wines and The Art Box. Prizes were awarded for best pupil individual and group entries.

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