Thursday, 29 January 2015
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stethascopeThe government is to pay incentives doctors to work in the Algarve’s public health service hospitals.

Tax relief and pay bonuses are on the cards as part of a plan to halt the devastating decline in the number of Doctors who are willing to move to the Algarve and work in the national health service.

acralVictor Guerrero, as the president of the Association of Trade and Services of the Algarve Region (ACRAL), today welcomed the vote by Faro council to reject an application for a license for the building of access to the retail centre already being built by IKEA.

The license needed from Faro council is for the access from the Via do Infante motorway to the new shopping centre on Loulé council land.

ikea2The mixed news from Ikea is that international sales were up by nearly 6% but profits did not grow.

The world’s biggest furniture retailer said it had had 5.9% growth to €28.7bn last year. At the same time, it spent an increased amount on staff bonuses (€98 million) and made sharp cuts in its prices.

tennisMillennium bcp will be the main sponsor of this year's Portugal Open tennis tournament.

The contract will be signed in next few days for a total deal worth €700,000 making the bank the main sponsor of the event.

appleApple is reeling in money, making the biggest profit ever reported by a company.

The equivalent of $8.3 m is coming into Apple’s coffers every hour of the day.

tivoliTivoli Hotels in Brazil has been bought by a Thai company meaning that the four hotels in Portugal also are now part of the Minor International Company Ltd.

The Minor Hotel Group has bought a total of six hotels from Tivoli Hotels & Resorts for €168 million as part of the Thailand-based group’s expansion into Europe and South America.


whiskeySpain may attempt to control the pace at which pedestrians walk down the street.

Pedestrians could also be breathalysed while on the street and subjected to drug tests on the spot if they are implicated in a traffic offence or a traffic accident.

figoPortuguese footballing legend Luís Figo has put himself forward as a candidate to become the next Fifa president, replacing the discredited Sepp Blatter.

Figo, whose career took him to Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, with 127 appearances for Portugal, will be up against David Ginola in the race to the top of the football world’s governing body.