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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Play me a tune and just let me play the drums

Castle Street – La Calle Comedia, is an area which has produced many well-known Gibraltarians. The common thread is their nostalgic link with the area and their extremely happy carefree childhood. It has also produced quite a few musicians and none more extraordinaire than our guest this week on Alice’s Table. I have known of...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Online actions do have consequences

We have become kinder during the coronavirus crisis. A survey has revealed this week we are more friendly to each other and better at keeping in touch with friends and relatives. You may feel confused. That’s not the impression we often get from the toxic world of social media. But assuming the findings are correct...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

The best dispersant for oil on water is cooperation

In 1996, after the supertanker Sea Empress ran aground in the Welsh port of Milford Haven and caused a devastating oil spill, the UK Government set up an inquiry headed by Lord Donaldson to see what could be done to improve the country’s response to maritime emergencies. Lord Donaldson concluded that the most important lesson...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

From translator to being the eyes and ears of Pope Francis in Benin as his ambassador

The Washington Post back in 2015 described our guest at Alice’s Table this week as Pope Francis’s “mysterious” interpreter. Monsignor Mark Miles, an interpreter we all know locally as Father Mark. Just a week ago Gibraltar rejoiced in the news that he has been made the Pope’s ambassador to the West African country of Benin,...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

School closures increase inequality

Children across the UK have been playing in the snow. Sledding downhill provided a lot of fun after months of an uphill struggle with lockdown and homeschooling. Now as thousands get ready to go back to school there will be new obstacles to overcome. Everyone agrees having children return to the classroom is a priority...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

When tragedy unfolds in the bay

A WhatsApp message on Monday brought home the human dimension of the tragedy that unfolded on Sunday morning in British waters in the Bay of Gibraltar. A long-time journalist friend from Ceuta, Carmen Echarri, was reaching out to see if we had any news of seven people who were trying to reach Spain under the...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Strength in Dark Times

By Ana Sharma We are living in troubled times; times that keep us wide awake, till the early hours of the morning, with one eye open, and a restless spirit. It would seem that there is little hope to be had; our countries’ economies are failing, successful businesses are closing down, the sagely pillars of...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A lifetime behind the lens for Leslie Linares

Commitment, passion and patience go hand in hand with our guest on Alice’s Table this week. I have known him for most of my life, as a teacher at Bayside, and as one of the leading lights in the Gibraltar Photographic Society, in like forever. His is one of the many friendships I have made...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Online education presents challenges, but opportunities too

The decision to delay the opening of schools has proved a difficult one and has split public opinion as teachers, students and parents alike adjust to the challenge of online learning. Here, a young teacher reflects on some of the issues that arise and empathises with students and parents, but urges them to find opportunity...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Has Covid changed us?

Shops in Gibraltar have reopened. After another gruelling lockdown it’s a sign that things will slowly – very slowly – get back to “normal”. We’re all looking forward to being able to hug our loved ones again. There’s a lot more that we want to do. Some may have travel plans, though we’re unlikely to...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

2021 and Beyond

by Vijay Daryanani Commencing the year in another lockdown is not the start to 2021 we had all envisaged. This is the last thing our retail, hospitality and leisure industries needed after having experienced the most difficult year in recent history that was 2020. With COVID-19 infections at a dangerously high level in the UK...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Reality strikes on public finances

By Robert Vasquez It cannot be clearer, the Cabinet, in short, the GSLP-Liberal Government headed by Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has instructed Chief Secretary, Darren Grech, and Financial Secretary, Albert Mena, to control strictly public spending in order to diminish the effects of Covid-19 and Brexit on public finances. This is too little too late....

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Why the Schengen New Year's Eve deal does not cede control

by Rafael Benzaquen The UK/Spain/Gibraltar New Year’s Eve deal (“the deal”) is a complex document. For that reason, Mr Azopardi’s ‘simple’ analysis is, self-evidently, inappropriate, as he knows. The deal purports to enable Gibraltar to benefit from Schengen without actually joining Schengen. Likewise, it allows Gibraltar to benefit from the EU Customs Union (should it...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

One of Gibraltar’s most loved personalities from the early days of television

Today Alice’s Table is a real trip down memory lane for me. I have the privilege of chatting to someone I have known all my life. A friend who belongs to the GBC family in the early days of television. You all know her. For many years she was one of our best loved local...