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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar’s DLT legislation is given ringing accolade by blockchain pioneer at London funds seminar

Whether it is a pair of shoes, a fine meal, or a financial service, a satisfied customer is the best advertisement for anything. And, where Gibraltar’s approach to cryptos or blockchain are concerned, Malcolm Palle – executive chairman and co-founder of Coinsilium, Europe’s first blockchain company –delivered an accolade that any advertiser would welcome at...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A friend of Gibraltar in the Speaker’s chair

Order! Order! The person now sitting as Speaker of the House of Commons is one of Gibraltar’s staunch supporters. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who had been Deputy Speaker for nine years, has taken over from John Bercow. The messages of congratulations from the Rock came in fast. They reflected the affinity and high regard the people...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Picardo may yet eat his words

Succession planning is critical for any organisation, and that includes political parties. Preparing the ground for future leaders, ensuring the right candidates are in place and ready to take the reins when necessary, is a vital element of delivering continuity, stability and resilience. So on election night, when the Chief Minister signalled that these would...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Choosing to make Gibraltar your home

There are many in our community who I like to refer to as adopted Gibraltarians. They came, they saw, they liked, they stayed and they integrated. And over the years they have become an integral part of this diverse society. Their origins are not just in UK but from all over the world and our...

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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Will banks let Facebook’s flagship currency change the way we handle our money?

Can there be a ‘Bermuda Triangle’ in the parallel world of Cyberspace into which hundreds of newly-floated crypto-currencies are swiftly sucked...to disappear, leaving only their shadows in the empty pockets of unwise investors? And has its malign influence slipped through the Triangle’s crypto boundaries – summoned from the depths by the alchemy of Jerome Powell...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

‘There are some things the internet cannot replace’

Hola amigos. Did you notice a significant amount of the recent election hustings were in Spanish? In hustings politicians go around the various estates in an attempt to meet the electorate face to face. Normally a microphone that sounds like a tin in a bathroom is used and sometimes it's a crackling megaphone on a...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

Turning inwards

My friend Nick has an interesting theory. He believes that people in the UK are slowly losing the ability to communicate with each other. ‘I see it all the time when I’m out in the ambulance,’ he tells me, pausing with his coffee cup suspended in mid-air before him. ‘You turn up to help someone...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Constitutional reform and advancement

By Wilfred Stagnetto It was the year 1983 when we Gibraltarians were granted full British citizenship. In other words we were given the same status as if we would have been born anywhere within the mainland UK or as if Gibraltar would form part of the United Kingdom. It was not given to us for...

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Jeremy Sacramento

Opinion & Analysis

No change election? Not really. Here’s why.

By Jeremy Sacramento There we have it, elections done and dusted; manifestos in the recycling bin, Radio Gibraltar back to playing 80’s hits, and our social media feeds clean of campaign memes and videos. I don’t know about you, but for me the week following elections feels eerily like the first week of January. Where...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Living physiotherapy

Most weeks I attempt to bring a little bit of our forgotten past to these pages. The reaction from many of you is always encouraging. You enjoy reading about yesteryear. For me, it is always a question of putting all I can in writing so that a part of our history is not lost. So,...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

With a week to go, will Brexit miss another deadline?

Halloween is round the corner. As TV and streaming giants schedule the scariest movies there’s a real-life horror story developing. Like a monster looming in the shadows. The question is will it strike exactly a week today – on Halloween night? If not when? Brexit has already missed one deadline. Will it miss another? Absolutely...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

On mental barriers

It was World Mental Health day last Thursday. I know that I am a few days late, but I want to share a personal story with you. Until about seven or eight years ago, I was scared of public speaking. No, scared is not the right word; I was utterly, utterly petrified. I’d phone in...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Decades of teaching

Today we take it for granted and give little thought to the fact that we form part of a highly educated society and that our educators are predominantly Gibraltarian. But there was a time when this was not the case and it was not that long ago. Just recently we have seen the opening of...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

A hint of drama at the end of a quiet, clean campaign

In his victory speech earlier this morning, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo made no effort to disguise the scale of the challenges ahead for this community. He was referring in large part to Brexit, of course. The GSLP/Liberal Alliance secured its third term against the backdrop of upheaval in British politics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who...