Tuesday, 03 May 2016
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moreiadasilvaPortugal’s former Minister for the Destruction of the Environment Jorge Moreira da Silva has proved to unbelievers that there is a God by being rejected for the job he really wanted at the UN, to be the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This is the same Moreira da Silva who as Portugal's Minister of the Environment put into action the coalition government’s oil and gas exploration plans despite a worldwide move away from hydrocarbons as agreed in Paris and in the face of stiff opposition from the Algarve’s population, when details eventually were announced well after the ink had dried on the secretive contracts.

ikea2The new Ikea shopping centre near Loulé, which the promoters wish us to refer to as MAR Shopping Algarve, has announced a pre-launch occupation rate of 70%.

Names include Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Pull & Bear, Oysho, Massimo Dutti, Primark, Mango, C & A, Punt Roma, Sfera, Tiffosi, Aromas and Sephora are some of signings.

turntledoveMalta should place a temporary ban on shooting down turtledoves which are facing extinction due to hunting and other pressures, said the EU’s environment commissioner.

In October, turtledoves were put on the Red List of species threatened with extinction held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The agency blames a 30% decrease in turtledove populations across Europe on hunting, agricultural intensification and disease, and says that more research is needed.

oilrigTwo current subjects of deep concern to will be discussed in Faro and Portimão on Friday 13th of May by the Euro MPs José Inácio Faria and Caroline Bearder.

The first session is on the oil and gas exploration concessions on the Algarve’s land, including the likelihood of fracking, and under the region’s offshore waters.

flncRespite could be on the way for the people of Corsica as one of the island’s main militant groups has vowed to end “military operations” in October.

The National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) has been seeking independence from France since 1976.  This group laid down its weapons two years ago.

pegidaThe founder a far-right pressure group has been convicted for inciting hatred.

Lutz Bachmann, the head of the anti-Islamic Pediga group, was found guilty of a court in Dresden on Tuesday. Dresden is the home of the group whose name stands for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”.

containersLeaked text shows the objective of the US is to undermine EU environment and health protection laws in pursuits of trade. Greenpeace Netherlands has obtained 248 pages of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts which will be published in full today.

The documents unveil for the first time the US position and "its deliberate attempts to change the EU democratic legislative process" caims Greenpeace.

judgeswigThe High Court of Justice of England and Wales has given permission for lawyers acting for two British citizens, fighting a legal battle for the right to vote in the EU 'Brexit' Referendum, to take their case to the Court of Appeal.
 
On April 28, 2016 Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, sitting with Mr Justice Blake, rejected the legal challenge taken by 94-year-old Harry Shindler, a WWII veteran who lives in Italy, and lawyer and Belgian resident Jacquelyn MacLennan against the UK Government’s decision to exclude from the June vote those Britons who have lived elsewhere in the European Union for more than 15 years.