Thursday, 19 October 2017
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missilePortugal’s government has confirmed that in July, 2017, it severed diplomatic ties with North Korea as part of a concerted international efforts to have the country stop its nuclear and missile activities.

The Portuguese Embassy in Washington confirmed that severing its ties with North Korea, in line with the international community, was aimed at strengthening pressure in a bid to open dialogue on the path to abandoning its current nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

6252The Portuguese cabinet has approved the 2018 State Budget Proposal, at the end of a 14-hour meeting on October 12. The Minister of Finance, Mário Centeno, will present the proposal and accompanying report to MPs for discussion and approval.

The final vote on the 2018 State Budget will be on November 28th, giving enough parliamentary time to make additions and amendments if there are any difficult areas but with income tax cuts for low earners and only small increases in other areas, the budget looks to be the mildest for many years.

rainHurricane Ophelia has passed by the Açores islands without damaging property or injuring anyone.

The Portuguese weather service has lifted warnings for the islands with the head of the regional Civil Protection service said today that there had been no serious consequences as Hurricane Ophelia passed by.

fatimaPope Francis sent a message to the Sanctuary of Fátima on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions, recalling his visit to the shrine in May this year.

The Pope's message to the pilgrims was for them to pray for him, "I still have in my heart the memory of the Virgin," he said in a video played to the crowd of pilgrims before the closing ceremony and final procession.

edpThe Energy Services Regulatory Authority has proposed a reduction in electricity prices starting on January 1st, 2018.

The 0.2% reduction will be the first time prices have gone down in 18 years but the impact will be almost unnoticeable for domestic consumers - for example, an invoice of €45.70 will drop by just nine cents.

electricityPortugal's renewable energy production's track record has been severely tarnished by the continuing and serious drought that has hit hydro-electric energy production.

The Renewable Energy Association, APREN, reports that in the first nine months of 2017, the decrease in the production of renewable electricity in mainland Portugal has forced up the price of electricity by 28% to €50.4 per MWh in contrast to a price at the same time last year of €39.4 per MWh.

rainstormThe Civil Protection Authority for the Açores are keeping citizens abreast of the impending Hurricane Ophelia as she heads for Santa Maria.

The category 2 hurricane is southwest of the Açores and is moving steadily towards the archipelago.

dogLeapingPet dogs soon will be allowed into participating restaurants after parliament approved a proposal, backed by three national parties.
 
The People-Animals-Nature party, the Left Bloc and The Greens thought it a good idea that pet animals should be allowed inside cafes and restaurants, as well as continuing to allowing guide dogs inside.