Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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earthquakeAn earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale was felt across the Greater Lisbon area this morning.

The tremor had its epicentre at Sobral de Monte Agraço, near Torres Vedras, and started at 07:44, lasting but a few seconds but was the third one in the past week from the same location.

ptPortugal’s Attorney General is to investigate the old Portugal Telecom, up to the point is was sold to Altice, on suspicion that successive management teams and politicians have used the cash-rich company for their personal benefit.

The Portuguese authorities at long last are to investigating decisions made by former Portugal Telecom directors and their illegal activities which led to catastrophic losses. The rot has been evident to Portugal’s business community and media for decades, up until the point when the remaining parts of the once profitable company was sold to Partick Draghi’s telecoms giant, Altice.

tapTAP’s new minority owner, the Gateway Consortium, continues to alter the airlines structure, pricing and routes to get the best from its asset and now has decided that 'TAP' is not the right name for the airline.

TAP is simply an acronym for ‘Transportes Aéreos Portugueses’ but this does not mean much to potential customers in overseas markets in which the business aims to develop, specifically the US.

medeiraoaktragedyA tree fell onto a crowd at the start of a religious festival on the island of Madeira, killing 13 people and injuring a further 52 according to figures released from the hospital in Funchal.

The consulting surgeon Miguel Reis said dozens of victims are in serious conditions and four foreigners of French, German and Hungarian nationality are being treated. A fourth, of Dutch nationality, has been discharged.

hospitalchartThe union representing technical and auxiliary hospital staff in the Algarve's national health service sector has warned that workers "are close to exhaustion."

The Union of Workers in Public and Social Functions said this is a situation that "could soon lead to the reduction of beds and the closure of services, as workers are faced with an additional work burden and are close to exhaustion."

coastviewAlgarveA woman from Belarus, swimming with her husband off Praia do Paraíso near Carvoeiro, died of her injuries on Tuesday, August 15th, after being driven over by a tour boat, which immediately fled the scene of the accident.

The woman was helped to the beach and then taken to Ferragudo by lifeboat where an INEM medical team battled to save her life, but without success and declared her dead at the scene.

FatacilHorseGotanSmallFatacil, now under the financial spotlight after Lagoa council closed the operating company Fatasul after years of inexplicable losses and took the finances in-house, has announced a key sponsor for the 2017 show running from 18th to 27th of August.

The Crédit Agrícola bank again is to support the largest Crafts, Tourism, Agriculture, Commerce and Industry fair in the south to be held, as usual, at the Parque Municipal de Feiras e Exposições de Lagoa.

water2The inhabitants of 17 municipalities in the Alentejo region will be getting leaflets this week, telling them how to save water as there is a drought.

A campaign slogan, ‘Água. Usando bem, mais gente tem’ ('Water. Using it well means more people will have some') is being promoted by the company Águas Públicas do Alentejo, in partnership with the Association of Municipalities for Public Water Management in the Alentejo.