Brazilian storm

Today

The Queen’s Cinema swayed to the rhythms of jazzy Bossanovas as Eliane Elias and her band brought the house down with a superb set of tuneful Latin melodies and jazzy tributes to departed legend Chet Baker whom she credited as the real father of the Bossanova. Guitarist Graham Dechter and her husband bass legend Marc Johnson both played a big part in the sophisticated backing of her exquisite piano work and sensual vocals that won over a discerning audience who rewarded them with a standing ovation. Truly a memorable night of high octane instrumentals and smooth carnival jazz. Pic: Mark Galliano.
 

UN Fourth Committee approves ‘ad hoc’ talks clause for adoption 

Today - by Dominique Searle 

The United Nations Fourth Committee has approved, without a vote, a draft decision on the “Question of Gibraltar”, sending it to the General Assembly for adoption.
The move on Thursday evening signals the approach of ad hoc talks and the intensity of diplomacy that led to Spain lowering public pressure on the Gibraltar question in the buildup to the UN Security Council membership vote where Spain enjoyed UK support. 
The decision specifically takes note of efforts made “by both parties to resolve current problems and to engage in a flexible and responsive form of dialogue between all relevant and appropriate parties, on an informal ad hoc basis, in order to find common solutions and make progress on issues of mutual benefit”. 

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Picardo tells bankers EC tax challenge is ‘easily surmountable’

Today - by Brian Reyes

The European Commission’s state aid investigation into Gibraltar’s corporate tax regime will be ‘easily surmountable’ as long as the Rock is given ‘a fair and objective hearing’, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said this week.
Speaking at a dinner of the Gibraltar Bankers’ Association, Mr Picardo said his government stood ready to talk to the Commission to ensure it properly understood the workings of Gibraltar’s tax framework. 

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Church bag thief jailed

Today - by Cristina Cavilla

A local woman has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after she stole a man’s bag as he was painting in the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned.

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New OBE association formed

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Gibraltar’s newest association calling itself – The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Gibraltar Association – has this week been set up.
The association is made up of people who over the years have been appointed to the Order of the British Empire and who are holders of the British Empire Medal has been set up.

Royal Marine amputees take on Rock Run

Today - by Mark Viales

Two Royal Marine amputees arrived in Gibraltar yesterday to take part in the ‘Rock Run’ this morning following an invite from the Royal British Legion.

New Aloes is ‘best property in Europe’

Today

A £10.9m home built on former Ministry of Defence land has won the ‘Best Property Single Unit – Europe’ regional award at the recently held International Property Awards in London.
The property, known as the New Aloes, will now compete against other properties in Africa, Arabia, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the UK for the title of ‘World’s Best’.

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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