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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

‘Being a nurse was always a very rewarding job’ - Sister Paula

How often do you look back on your life and wonder how you got to where you are today? Perhaps you took a different path and the career you once chose for yourself remains far removed from where you are today. I know I did. If there had been another deck of cards, today I...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Picardo covers every EU Treaty angle

By Robert Vasquez Last Thursday started with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s “In my Opinion” piece, which read like an April Fool, until the realisation hit that he was being serious. It is a ‘cover my behind’ statement for two opposing possibilities: that of a UK-EU Brexit agreement engaging Gibraltar being seen by many here as...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

With vaccinations underway, travel could soon open up

We’re still standing at a red light when it comes to foreign travel. Many of us are hoping that will change by summer but if there is something the pandemic has taught us is not to take things for granted. We are told that when the UK allows international travel again it will be based...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

The strongest relationship

By Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar This holy week has been a really important week for Gibraltar. A visit from a Foreign Secretary is, on its own, an important political moment in Gibraltar. Indeed, not every Foreign Secretary has made time to visit Gibraltar. Some have come to deliver hard messages, like Jack Straw,...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Embrace ‘freedom’ with caution

In a spot of shade provided by the majestic Tower Bridge in London I enjoyed a picnic on Tuesday. Incredible as it may seem for this time of the year it was 24 Celsius in the capital. I had to move out of the sun as I felt my skin burn. Gosh and it’s only...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Avoiding easy conclusions

Data released today on Covid strains detected on the Rock underscores the need to resist jumping to easy conclusions about this insidious virus. Last week Jesus Aguirre, the Junta’s top man on health issues, called on the Spanish Government to consider tighter controls on people crossing the border from Gibraltar into Spain. Mr Aguirre, egged...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The challenges of making the Church active in this community

aster is the most important feast in the Christian Church. As we enter Holy Week the Church prepares for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday – but before that comes the passion. “God paid the price for our salvation,” Bishop Carmel Zammit, tells me. “He redeemed us and saved us. Easter is the main...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The forever young charity and youth worker who believes it is ‘a privilege to serve’

Gibraltar’s size often dictates, as we have often read on these pages, our weekly guests wearing a variety of hats and having interests in wide-ranging subjects. I guess, living in a small community such as ours, we all delve into many areas over the years not just in our work environment but also in our...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

If in doubt, leave it out

Quick call the legal team. Many decades ago newspapers built their circulation to record highs with a mantra that was described by Fleet Street superstar Hugh Cudlipp as “publish and be damned.” As editor of the Mirror he took the paper’s circulation to a staggering five million copies a day in the 50s. Over the...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A live performance is what happens in the moment with no second chances

I am always captivated by live music. It takes me to another plane. I always find that whatever is happening around me comes to a standstill and I am absorbed by the music and the performance. No matter the style of music or the performer – whether good, bad or indifferent, I know I always...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

A challenge for Gibraltar

By Fiona Young International Women’s Day is a well-established day on the Gibraltar corporate calendar, marked by dinners, panel discussions and conferences. This year a number of online events have been arranged by a variety of organisations, who discussed the topic #choosetochallenge. The dialogue in Gibraltar is always positive, supportive and forward facing with lots...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Women must claim their rightful role as decision-makers

By Marlene Hassan Nahon This year’s International Women’s Day theme seems designed to be transposed into the multiple realities facing women around the world. Despite there being a growing sense of unity and sorority in the plight for women’s rights around the world, #choosingtochallenge means something completely different in indigenous communities in central America, nomad...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar is proud of its long engagement with the Commonwealth family

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia MP, Minister for relations with the Commonwealth On 31 January last year, the Commonwealth flag replaced the flag of the European Union at the border. This was seen as a powerful symbolic statement at the time. It reflected the policy of the Government in one simple gesture by making...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A love of coffee, art and Latin America

How many times do you wonder how much a building you may be visiting or sitting in has changed since it was first built? Even your own home. Who lived there? How many generations has it been in the family? Was it always a family home, and if not, what work went on? There are...