Three years on, jazz festival reaping the benefits

Yesterday, 24th October 2014 - by Alice Mascarenhas

“Music to my ears” was how Culture Minister Steven Linares described the words of Elie Massias when he praised the many talented young local musicians who this week have taken advantage of the jazz workshops at the start of the 3rd Gibraltar International Jazz Festival. Mr Linares officially launched this year’s festival on Wednesday night at the Elliot Hotel sharing the head table with world renowned trumpeter Randy Brecker and the familiar faces of George Posso, Eli Massias and Juan Galiardo. 

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Govt confirms ad hoc talks ‘soon’ but terms and parties not yet agreed

Yesterday, 24th October 2014 - by Dominique Searle

‘Ad hoc’ talks involving officials and technical experts from Gibraltar, Spain, UK and the European Commission are imminent but not likely within the three week framework suggested by the El Pais newspaper yesterday, it has emerged. But if they do Gibraltar will be suggesting that La Linea officials should be amongst those present because they own the land adjacent to the frontier.

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Appeal Court finds ‘no bias’ in appointment of Marrache trial judge

Yesterday, 24th October 2014 - by Brian Reyes

 The Court of Appeal yesterday said that the Governor and judicial authorities in Gibraltar had acted properly when they appointed Sir Geoffrey Grigson as an “independent and impartial” judge to hear the Marrache fraud trial.

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Hook, one of 72 artists to feature in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

Yesterday, 24th October 2014 - by Alice Mascarenhas

Local artist Christian Hook is one of 72 artists who will feature in a new programme on Sky Arts this November. Following the enormous success of the first series, Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner return to present Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 aimed at discovering and nurturing artists of all capabilities wanting to showcase their skills, whether amateur, professional or hobbyist. The series starts November 4 and Christian Hook appears in episode three on 18 November.

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Gibraltar issues Marines stamps

Yesterday, 24th October 2014

The Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau are tomorrow issuing a stamp sheet commemorating the Royal Marines 350th Anniversary.
The stamp features the Royal Marines crest which was photographed at the RM monument situated at Ocean Village.

Gibraltar Finance in Zurich hedge fund forum

Yesterday, 24th October 2014

Gibraltar Finance together with members of the Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) have attended and exhibited at the Hedge Fund Start-up Forum in Zurich.

Jazz festival

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

The Minister for Health and Environment, John Cortes, representing the Minister for Sports, Culture, Heritage and Youth, has delivered 50 invitations to the participants in the workshops yesterday morning. The sessions have seen a large number of young people attending. They were led by local musician, Elie Massias, for three days at the John Mackintosh Hall, ahead of the start of the first concert tonight. The sessions saw the participation of Juan Galiardo on piano, Pedro Cortejosa on sax, David Leon on drums and percussion and Jose Lopez on double bass. Pic: Mark Galliano 

Government housing rent arrears edge close to £5m

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

The total amount of unpaid rent owed by some tenants in government housing reached £4.8m at the end of March, prompting the Principal Auditor, James Posso, to again highlight the Housing Department’s inability to chase its debtors.
Focusing on arrears of government rent has become an annual chore for Mr Posso and his team but despite repeated calls to action over the past few years, the situation remains unchanged and the total debt continues to climb. 

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Jail for smugglers in £3m cannabis haul

Thursday, 23rd October 2014 - by Cristina Cavilla

Two men were yesterday sentenced to five years and four months in prison after they were caught in British waters attempting to smuggle nearly £3 million worth of cannabis across the Strait into Spain.

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Opposition calls for clarity in ‘murky’ tax leak affair

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

The GSD yesterday criticised the Chief Minister’s ‘refusal’ to publish or provide the Opposition with a copy of the report on the investigation into the leak of the tax affairs of former Speaker of Parliament Haresh Budhrani.
In doing so, it again called on the Gibraltar Government to release the report into what it described as an ‘unfortunate’ and ‘murky’ affair.

Lipman, Parsons and Dankworth added to 2014 Literary Festival

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Celebrated actress Maureen Lipman, broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, philosopher AC Grayling, jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth and food writer Claudia Roden, will form part of the stellar line-up of the 2014 Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival which returns from 14- 16 of next month.
Confirming over 50 different international speakers at this year’s festival, Director Sally Dunsmore said Gibraltar had a unique cultural heritage and hoped this Festival would continue to confirm Gibraltar’s reputation on the global literary map.