Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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justiceministerFrancisca Van Dunem may turn out to be just what Portugal’s decrepit justice system needs.

The newly appointed Minister of Justice has the full backing of the country’s magistrates and judges, who point to her in-depth knowledge of the Portuguese justice system and its many problems which include a 4 million case backlog, as of this January, in a country of 10.5 million people.

nuncioPoor October tax revenue figures mean that the long-awaited reduction in the austerity induced 'income tax surcharge' promised for next year, will be precisely zero.

The Secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs, Paulo Núncio, (pictured), was in Parliament today to explain how this coalition pre-election promise turned to dust.

nestleNestlé says it will end its use of forced labour in its supply chain.

Following allegations of the use of slave labour among its fish suppliers in Thailand, the Swiss food giant commissioned a non-governmental organisation, Verité, to investigate the working conditions.

justiceA British expat man has been found guilty of manslaughter in Spain but has not been sent to jail.

Property developer Devinder Kainth, 39, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Sandro Rottman, a German citizen, at a restaurant last February in the exclusive resort of Sotogrande, near Gibraltar.

tapThe sound of chickens coming home to roost already can be heard at the Socialist Party’s headquarters as the flock of unions representing over 70% of TAP’s diverse workforce are insisting that the new socialist government holds to its promise that the airline should not end up in private hands.

The election promise of new Prime Minister in waiting, António Costa, was that the state should always hold at least 51% of TAP’s shares.

ria formosa2The Algarve’s Ria Formosa islanders today are celebrating the exit of Environmental Minister Jorge Moreia da Silva, a man so reviled by the inhabitants that his name already has entered the history books as the protagonist of a ground zero policy of property destruction all in the name of nature.

The new environment minister, João Pedro Matos Fernandes now is part of António Costa’s new Socialist Party government and the fervent hope is that the policy covering the Ria Formosa area can exclude removing the very people that care for and work in and around the islands.

antoniocostaPortugal's president today named the leader of the Socialist Party, António Costa, as the next prime minister.

Costa’s appointment ends weeks of political impasse and creates a socialist government in a fragile collaboration with the country’s left wing parties, including the hard-line communists.

silvescouncilSilves councillors have voted to increase the 2016 budget by taking out a bank loan for €4.6 million.

The Budget and Major Planning Options for 2016 proposal was approved by the council at the municipal assembly held on 19th November.