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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The radio operator who helped give a voice to our senior citizens 21 years ago

Retirement, for many of us today, is the start of a new chapter. The next phase in our lives with lots still to accomplish.Our guest today is someone who at the age of 65 took on a new challenge in his life and who would help create what we know today as the Gibraltar Senior...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Think before sending

If these were ‘normal’ times – how we long for those – we would be sitting at coffee shops chatting about how the world is a mess. The murmur from conversations drowning the sound of footsteps on Main Street and interrupted only by the sudden burst of noise from coffee machines and the occasional laughter...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

‘Framework agreement raises questions of jurisdiction and control’

by Keith Azopardi, Leader of the Opposition I want to talk about the Agreement with Spain but before that can I express my deepest condolences to all those who have lost family members and friends to the COVID virus. There’s no doubt that as we edged closer to the end of last year Gibraltar breathed...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Pause for thought

It seems remarkable, given the awful headlines of recent days, that the Commissioner of Police has once again had to remind people to stick to the Covid rules. Gibraltar has now lost 43 people to Covid-19, many of them elderly members of our community. Over half died within the last week. Behind each grim statistic...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Brooding over Brexit

By Carmen Anderson Brexit; a term that’s batted about in news programmes, a joke to some of my generation and for a while no more than a passing allusion to a future problem. It’s found splashed across social media and you’re either for it or against it or, for many young people my age, you...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The beautiful game is all about Manchester United

Football. What can I say? The beautiful game with the biggest fan base in the world. Gibraltar is no different. My father Manolo Mascarenhas began his journalistic career as a sports reporter and created the pseudonym of Cyril Perkins in the Gibraltar Post but had already cut his teeth in El Anunciador, the short- lived...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

An injection of hope

Hope. It’s a word that has been bandied about significantly in recent days. It’s not surprising. After almost a year since the first lockdown we’re all desperate to see the end of the pandemic. In November I wrote about how history was made in England as the vaccine was rolled out. Emotions were running high...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Chief Minister’s New Year’s Message 2021: A New Hope

This is the text of a New Year Message by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo broadcast on GBC on January 12. 2020 is finally over. 2021 has begun. But the challenges have not gone away. Despite the very difficult circumstances that we have endured in 2020, I hope you have all had a Merry Christmas with...

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Charles M Durante

Opinion & Analysis

The Blunting of the Arrow

There is no Roman god more appropriate at this time of year than Janus. He is always represented with a head facing both ways, as if saying goodbye to the year just past and welcoming the incoming year. We must all be breathing sigh of relief that 2020, with all its sufferings and tragedies, is...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Simple rules still apply

The relief following the arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines on the Rock was tempered by the latest data from the Gibraltar Government, which reported another four deaths in Gibraltar linked to the virus. To put that into perspective, it means that more people have succumbed to the virus in the first days...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Give the Treaty a chance

By Ernest Montado The New Year Framework Agreement reached between Gibraltar, the UK and Spain has unprecedented potential for a more normalised, stable and prosperous future for Gibraltar and the neighbouring Campo. It is ironic that such a potential outcome should emerge following our departure from the EU as a consequence of a UK decision...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Teuma Music Stores… where so many of us bought our first vinyl records

Every Saturday I try to bring a variety of personalities to our table who often help us relive sleeping memories from Gibraltar’s past. Inevitably many of my chosen memories are either stories passed on by friends and family, or my extended Gibraltarian family. People who, and places which, have helped shape this community. Today on...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Schengen and the property market

By Mike Nicholls Gibraltar may just have become much more attractive to the thousands of wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs seeking a tax friendly jurisdiction in Europe with accompanying freedom of movement around the Schengen area. The Schengen framework agreement announced on New Year’s Eve, which, if all goes to plan, will result in a UK...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Patrolling the streets in lockdown

It was 9.5 degrees. Cold for the average Gibraltar winter’s evening. On the first night of lockdown as many wrapped themselves up warm at home law enforcement officers were out patrolling the streets. Like every night they make sure the Rock is safe whilst most are cosy at home. Now, they have also been tasked...