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A wider view on the risk and perception of corruption

By Robert Vasquez The issue of the risk and perception of corruption and how these might be minimised by the introduction of better systems features in some depth in the report of the 2020 inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services into the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP Report). The findings,...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A wide-ranging career from TV to entertainment and retail

Joe Brugada shared with us his father’s story last week. Pepe el Catalan – barber and hairdresser – who ran one of the most popular, if not the most popular hairdressing salon following WWII, later in the 1960s taken over by his brother Albert. Joe is back at my table this week and tells me...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Stick to plans with conviction, or we face returning to the ‘old normal’

It’s time for “bold” decisions. But the Gibraltar Government has chickened out. Just a few weeks ago it announced the closure of Line Wall Road in a radical transport and traffic plan. At the press conference where the Chief Minister spoke about it and emerging from lockdown he said: “The world into which we step...

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Unlock the Rock? Or gridlock?

The government is being disingenuous. I know, we’re used to it by now – but it doesn’t make it any less true. Let’s picture this scene together: We’re bang in the middle of summer and the Rock has been “unlocked.” You’re out walking down Queensway, the sun is blazing and MeteoGib is reporting a high...

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The new normal: Misinformation and the war on social media

What a ride, what a journey, 2020 is truly out to finish us… and we’re just about halfway through it… That statement is both relieving and depressing. We’ve spent the good part of 2020 jumping from one depressing thing to another. Just in January, we had Australia getting rampaged by wildfires, the threat of more...

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Covid-19: POLITICAL AND OTHER SILVER LININGS OF A PANDEMIC

By Fabian Vinet Unless an expert on plate tectonics clarifies otherwise, North Africa has not migrated significantly towards Gibraltar these past two months. And yet the Atlas Mountains now greet us each day with a clarity and splendour we don’t recall ever having been the norm; clear skies being one of the environmental upsides of...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Pepe el Catalan, Gibraltar’s first hairdressing ladies salon

You have often read on these pages about my childhood link to Wellington Front – the days when GBC was based there, and the area which was once my playground. There were many names I grew up with; the early stars of Radio Gibraltar, presenters and newsreaders on GBC television, but there were many other...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

This year, a different take on summer

'Summer is cancelled'. It seems almost offensive to be worrying about it when some countries are still struggling with the number of deaths due to Covid-19. But as “unlock” plans are published and Boris Johnson announces a 14-day quarantine for air passengers arriving in the UK the question is being asked repeatedly. Matt Hancock told...

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Opinion & Analysis

Life will not be the same again

By Michael Aguilera One of the recurring phrases that we keep hearing in these unusual days is the ‘new normal’. We all know that our lives will not go back to being the same once the lock down is lifted. The reality we can all expect to live with will not be the normality of...

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Covid-19, masks and the precautionary principle

By Dr Mark Daniel Lopez Scientific evidence on the efficacy and acceptability of masks in the prevention of respiratory infections during pandemics is scarce and contested. Now, an increasing number of countries are mandating the use of masks for the prevention of the spread of SARS-COV-2 [the virus that causes Covid-19], especially in the face...

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This pandemic knows no discrimination

By Michael Mifsud As I write this, we have just been informed that the “lock down” will continue for possibly the next thirty days. For many this will increase the already heightened levels of anxiety and worry, not only for themselves and their own health but also of those whom they love. Added to this,...

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Gibraltar is not alone

By Fidel Patron Today, Monday 4th May, as I post my daily short vlog on the church Facebook page I am very aware that my heading is ‘Monday – Week 7’. I started these vlogs when the general Lockdown started on 24th March. My personal Lockdown started a week earlier, so, counting the weekend before,...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The invasion of the Rite of Spring

‘The Rite of Spring promised to be many things to many people and after the capacity audience at the Bayside Comprehensive Drama Studio there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that something important had happened in Gibraltar, and previous concepts of local dance drama had been invaded and ousted by the monster called THE RITE...

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Commemorating wartime sacrifices

By Chief Minister Fabian Picardo Today, 8th May 2020 the world is fighting the new common enemy, Covid-19. Today, on a warm Bank Holiday in Gibraltar, we are confronting the difficulties of Lockdown, the inability to enjoy our beaches, the loss of the ability to drive to lunch in at our favourite restaurant in Gib...