Sunday, 22 October 2017
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6199The Portuguese weather service has announced its forecast of ten days of warmth for the Algarve, lasting until Halloween.

The weather forecast predicts temperatures above 25°C across the region, even nudging 33°C in some locations, with clear skies and a balmy breeze.

fireBombeirosSmallThousands of people in Lisbon protested on Saturday, at the government's poor and uncoordinated response to the summer fires that have killed over 100 people this year.

Banners included messages including, "Enough incompetence," "Enough Fires," "Shame," "Criminals," and "We demand responsibilities and demand protection."

FireGoisThe Council of Minister met on Saturday morning and, after an 11 hour session, announced a series of measures to dig their way out of the mound of trouble that has arisen due to the State’s lamentable performance in the two summer fires that leaves over 100 citizens dead.

The State will become a shareholder of SIRESP SA, the company that supplied the emergency communications network which failed to work during the two summer fires, with deadly results.

cyclingThe Algarve’s tourist authority and its mayors’ group, AMAL, are now partners in the project "Atlantic by Bike - a unique cycling tourism destination for sustainable growth", in which the transnational EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast Route is the basis for promoting tourism.

The Portuguese partners of this project, which brings together 18 entities from seven countries, "will manage a total budget of €350,000 over 36 months," around 75% of the total budget for the Algarve.

baniflogo2Politically driven past decisions to sell or bail-out Portugal’s failing and failed banks had saddled taxpayers with long-term obligations that successive governments must account for in the annual State Budget.

Remember BPN? It is a bank that no longer exists but is still going to cost taxpayers €641 million next year. More recently, there’s Banif which was sold to Santander Totta but somehow will cost taxpayers €372 million in 2018.

CulatraDocapescaAnother step forward has been taken in the long-running battle for islanders’ rights, with parliament unanimously approving a deal for those living in the settlement of Culatra, who soon will be able to apply for a licence to stay put.

Islanders in this tight-knit community will soon slumber in peace, untroubled by further threats of having their houses knocked down and will be able to carry on with their way of life that, although seen by Lisbon as unconventional, is as Portuguese as it gets.

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One man died this afternoon off Pedra da Agulha beach, near Praia da Arrifana in Aljezur, after falling into the sea as he fished from a rock with two other people.

His companions threw themselves into the sea to try to rescue him, but they ended up having to fight for their lives and later were rescued from the rocks by an Air Force helicopter.

socratesVRSAMany refer to the former prime minister as 'Engineer,' but José Sócrates is not an engineer, according to the Order of Engineers, which should know and today decided to issue a clarification "because people keep asking."

"In view of the unprecedented number of requests and enquiries that have recently been addressed to this professional association from its members and from members of the public, the Order of Engineers has decided to issue a clarification stating that José Sócrates is not, and never has been, inscribed in the Order of Engineers."