Wednesday, 05 August 2015
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pingoPoland's government has postponed plans to bestow a coveted honour on a Portuguese business manager who runs the local Biedronka supermarket chain, part of the Jerónimo Martins empire known in Portugal for running Pingo Doce.

In Ploand there has been a public outcry over the award as workers at Biedronka have long complained at their exploitation and now they have the backing of a significant proportion of the public.

cruiseshipIt is business as usual for the managers at the Port Authority of Sines and the Algarve.

They run Sines port and more recently took over the management of the Algarve's ports in a forced merger that many predicted would disadvantage the Algarve as Sines was pumped with investment at the expense of Portimão and Faro docks.

selfemployedOfficial unemployment figures for Portugal show that the level tapered off to 12.4% in June this year.

This is against a figure of 14.3% in June 2014 and against a backdrop average of 11.1% for the whole eurozone.

benagilPortuguese holidaymakers again have fallen in love with the Algarve, but prefer renting apartments and villas rather than staying in hotels.

Albufeira is the most popular municipality, followed by Loulé, Portimão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António but those booking their holidays are unaware or unconcerned that the accommodation selected is neither registered nor compliant with the laws of the land.

worldRussia has staked out a further vast chunk of the Arctic.

The country’s foreign ministry says it has submitted a claim to the UN for 1.2 million sq km of sea shelf.

elephantIvory weighing 262kg has been confiscated by customs authorities in Zurich airport after being discovered packed in eight suitcases.

The luggage appears to have been in transit from Dar es Salam in Tanzania to Beijing via Zurich. They had been dispatched from Tanzania by three Chinese men.

besA group of 144 small shareholders and investors has filed an injunction with the District Court of Lisbon requesting the seizure of all the property and assets of ‘bad bank’ Banco Espírito Santo.

The group of shareholders and investors in financial products, controversially sold over the counter in BES branches, is supported by the Consortium for the Defence of BES Investors.

supertrampLegendary ‘70s pop group Supertramp has announced the 'Supertramp Forever Tour' scheduled to start in Portugal and continue around Europe from November this year has been cancelled due to Rick Davis having been diagnosed with cancer, which clearly needs treatment.

Gondomar was been chosen to host the first gig on November 3rd, then the MEO Arena in Lisbon before the group was to head off to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the UK.