• Were we ready?

    Were we ready?

    • June 18, 2017

    In a three-part series for the Chronicle, Kenneth Asquez, a registered FA Intermediary, looks back at Gibraltar’s entry into international football, and offers a few ideas for the future. LONDON, Friday 24th May 2013. The venue is the Grosvenor Hotel. By an overwhelming majority of 98.25% of the votes, Gibraltar’s entry into the highest level

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  • Political turmoil and a silver lining

    Political turmoil and a silver lining

    • June 10, 2017

    Theresa May called the June 8 election in the hope of securing a stronger hand as the UK went into Brexit talks. Instead, the Conservatives have come out weakened and there is a question mark over the Prime Minister’s future. Short of a parliamentary majority, Mrs May is clinging to an alliance with the Democratic

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  • Safety and security are community issues

    Safety and security are community issues

    • June 10, 2017

    By Frankie Hatton After the atrocities in London, the Gibraltar Government and the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) have stepped up the visible campaign as well as security for locals and visitors alike. A walk down Main Street will see police vehicles parked at both ends and concrete bollards along the street, particularly at road crossing

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  • Wake up call

    Wake up call

    • June 9, 2017

    The death of a police officer in La Linea on Wednesday puts into sharp focus the risks that law enforcement agents on both sides of the border face daily. The officer, named yesterday as 46-year old Victor Sánchez, was tackling a suspected tobacco smuggler when he was hit by a police van involved in the

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  • Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    • June 7, 2017

    With the UK general election taking place tomorrow I thought I’d share some of my early memories of covering elections in Gibraltar. My first, in 1988, was held amid a sense that the end of an era was at hand. Led by Sir Joshua Hassan the AACR had, except for a two-year period, governed continuously

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Powerless

    #Stephen’sNiche: Powerless

    • May 29, 2017

    Dare I say it? Power cuts that so plagued this community down the years have noticeably diminished. When there’s a failure of supply nowadays it’s usually due to planned works and Gibelec, to its credit, provides advance notice through the issuing of a press release, on its website and through social media. This allows residents

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: At sea with the RGP

    #ThinkingAllowed: At sea with the RGP

    • May 29, 2017

    Chases at sea are challenging and dangerous.  This week one has made the headlines providing dramatic pictures.  Behind the news however are men and women who sometimes put their lives on the line in the quest to tackle criminal activity. Recently, whilst working on an independent project, I spent a few days with the RGP

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  • We will not succumb to fear

    We will not succumb to fear

    • May 24, 2017

    Once again, flags at half-mast after unspeakable horror. The hatred that drives someone to murder innocent people in the name of a warped belief can never be comprehended. The targets on this occasion were children and youngsters enjoying a night of music and fun. It makes the scale of what unfolded even more appalling. Yet

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Feetham’s ‘ring of steel’ and speed cameras (part 2)

    • May 23, 2017

    So, the leader of the opposition considers that the media in Gibraltar are biased towards the government? Okay those weren’t Daniel Feetham’s precise words, but when the presenter of GBC’s “The Opposition, Your Questions” programme asked him this he didn’t deny it. Mr Feetham said the media does not ask the government the difficult questions

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit bad for British territories’ biodiversity

    #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit bad for British territories’ biodiversity

    • May 11, 2017

    Is there no limit to Brexit’s reach? It turns out that the repercussions of leaving the European Union won’t be felt just by people: It’s bad news also for birds. And lizards. And frogs. At least, for those in the remaining Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies it is. That was the view taken by delegates

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  • Beyond Bitcoin – tapping into the blockchain’s potential

    Beyond Bitcoin – tapping into the blockchain’s potential

    • May 5, 2017

    By Johann Olivera Bitcoin has gone quiet. At least it has in the mainstream media, despite the fact that the cryptocurrency’s value is almost 50% higher than it was during the heady days of late 2013. It was then that Bitcoin ceased being a secret known only to the initiated and became a worldwide phenomenon

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Up to speed?

    #Stephen’sNiche: Up to speed?

    • May 4, 2017

    As a victim of a traffic accident some years ago I’m wholly in favour of combatting speeding on our roads. I therefore welcomed the news that speed cameras installed in some of our ‘hot spots’ are now operational and will be used to identify offending vehicles. Launching the initiative, transport minister Paul Balban revealed that

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