Sunday, 25 June 2017
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fireA fire at a rental car storage area adjoining the Agricultural Directorate in Patacão, near Faro airport, already has destroyed at least 40 vehicles as firefighters from stations in São Brás de Alportel, Olhão and Loulé tackle the blaze.

A column of smoke has been visible for miles but the fire service responded to the call at 14:18 and operatives soon were tackling the inferno, made more perilous by the possibility of petrol tanks, laden with fuel, exploding.

ronaldoThe Economic Crime Section of the Prosecutor's Office in Madrid has filed a complaint against the Real Madrid footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, for four fiscal crimes committed between 2011 and 2014.

The tax fraud involves €14.7 million, claims the Spanish prosecutor.

riaformosaResearchers from the Algarve’s University have installed a tidal energy device in the Ria Formosa laggon area at Barra de Faro.

The test is to evaluate the feasibility of producing tidal energy in the Ria Formosa. The installation was carried out by a research team working on a project called ‘Sustainability of Energy Production of the Tidal Currents of Ria Formosa’ (SCORE), coordinated by André Pacheco of the Center for Marine and Environmental Research.

BPNOliveiraThe 2008 collapse of Banco Português de Negócios (BPN) is still being supported by taxpayers with a further €420 million being set aside to cover losses and write-offs incurred in 2016.

BPN appears to have been run for the benefit of its crooked management. As those in charge were incompetent as well as criminals, the bank went bust in 2008, triggering a State bailout that so far, with this 2016 figure added in, has cost the public purse an eye-watering €3.66 billion.

 

bombeirosA fire in Monchique on Monday afternoon had all the conditions to spread uncontrollably as the hot weather and breeze allowed the blaze rapidly to gain strength and coverage.

The alert was given at 3:37 pm in Portela do Vale in the Marmelete area with the western Algarve’s fire teams soon on the scene with 137 people and 48 vehicles involved.

aradeWith just over two weeks to go for the western section of the EN125 road works to be completed, according to the timetable offered by the Minster for Infrastructure, Pedro Marquês, works on the west tower of Ponte Nova over the River Arade between Lagoa and Portimão is are "almost restarting,” according to information given to Sul Informação which contacted the concession holder, Rotas do Algarve Litoral.

Work on the bridge was suspended a year ago after the first tower was refurbished, with a width and speed restriction left in place as workmen left the project half-completed.

rubbishWith the annual increase in the local population during the summer months, more rubbish is produced and the Algarve's council's collection services often can’t cope.

Many people find local rubbish containers overflowing with any overload simply dumped on the ground near collection points.

pillsA reported 25% of the Algarve’s pharmacies are insolvent or have official charges over their assets (penhoras), according to a statement from the National Association of Pharmacies.

The study released today shows that the number of pharmacies in Portugal that are insolvent, or that have penhoras attached to their assets, continues to rise with a five year increase of 145% showing the financial difficulties the sector faces.