Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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BeachMalhaoThe law that introduces mandatory 'prior consultation' with councils, in any municipal area covered by an oil exploration and extraction concession, was published today in Diário da República.

The document was signed off by President Marcelo de Sousa and now that it has been published, officially is in force.

droughtFish, concentrated in what is left of the water in several of the Alentejo’s reservoirs, are making the water undrinkable.

At least 150,000 kilos of fish, mostly carp, are now being captured in operations at  Vigia, Monte da Rocha, Pego do Alter and Divor reservoirs in the Alentejo.

galpLogoThe so-called ‘Galpgate’ inquiry is steaming ahead with two new official defendants named today: the Galp president and a former secretary of state, no less.

Galp’s chief, Carlos Gomes da Silva and Carlos Costa Pina are the seventh and eighth defendants in the investigation into the freebies dished out to politicians and high-up State employees by Galp to watch the Portuguese national team play in euro2016 football matches.

barcelonaPortugal’s President has been in contact with Spain’s King felip VI to condemn “with vehemence, the terrorist act," that left 13 people dead after a van was driven through crowds of shoppers in Barcelona on Thursday.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also expressed support today for the family of a Portuguese woman died when the van deliberately was driven into members of the public ambling along Las Ramblas, possibly Barcelona’s most popular tourist street.

financasIn September, property owners with €500,000 in total property assets will be charged an enhanced amount for the annual property tax, or IMI.

This new tax includes real estate development companies, many of which have many properties in stock, the value of which now is totted up and the total value is taxed at 0.4% of the total taxable value (VP) of their stock.

armonaAirielThe British couple, whose Armona home has been condemned for demolition, staged a demonstration outside Olhão’s town hall this morning with a crowd of around 200 people agreeing that when it comes to property, "there is a dark side to Portugal."

James Tod and Paul Roseby’s half-built island home has been targeted for demolition by Sebastião Teixeira, head of the Algarve’s Environment Agency. The property is collateral damage in a long-running battle between Teixeira and local Olhão mayor, António Pina.

fire fronteiraThe government today declared the fires that continue to rage across Portugal, a ‘public calamity’ which  provides for urgent public spending on a range of defence and firefighting operations alongside enhanced powers for Portugal Civil Defence service.

The ‘public calamity’ categorisation is provided for in the Civil Protection Act, and can be declared "in the face of, or due to the danger of a major accident or catastrophe, and includes a special regime for public contracting and the supply of goods and services."

drinkManagement at the Adriana Beach Club Resort Hote, in Albufeira, were so distressed at an English father’s state of inebriation, while he was meant to be caring for his twin boys, that they called in the GNR.

The Brit was “visibly drunk” according to staff at a the resort,  who feared for the safety of the children who had been left alone in the pool area while the father got drunk at the bar.