Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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surfWere you surfing Dona Ana, Lagos on July 4th?

I was vacationing in Lagos with my family.  We are from Canada.  When we got to Dona Ana  beach the waves were high but my three boys wanted to go in. 

FireGoisThe concerning truth about Portugal’s emergency communications system, SIRESP, is that is has not worked properly since 2010, failing with dramatic results in the Pedrógão Grande fire of June this year in which 64 people perished.

The performance reports drawn up by the SIRESP network's own managers outline a worrying list of failures over the last seven years, failures that are triggered when the system is most needed - during storms, fires NATO summits and papal visits.

alFood and business inspectorate, ASAE, has been visiting Alojamento Local (AL) tourist rental premises after cross-checking them with rental websites.

One such establishment has been suspended for "non-performance of water quality tests and not subjecting distributed water to a disinfection process."

marijuanaGNR personnel detained 14 people for drug offences at the Sudoeste festival in Zambujeira do Mar, Odemira which ended on Saturday 5th August.

The GNR Territorial Command in Beja reported that 10 men and 4 women, aged between 17 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of drug dealing during operation 'Meo Sudoeste 2017.'

vultureThe Ria Formosa Wildlife Research and Recovery Center has returned more than 200 animals back to their wild habitats in the last two months

In June and July, RIAS in Olhão, receives 649 animals, an average of 11 animals per day.

fireOne hundred firefighters tackled a blaze at Odiáxere, Lagos, this afternoon as high temperatures and wind triggered blazes in the western Algarve

According to the Civil Protection service’s website, a fire alert was received at 4:30pm with several teams of fire fighters immediately sent to Farta Vacas, Odiáxere.

ikea2The Designer Outlet Algarve, which its developer says will be the largest such example in the south of Portugal, will be opening its doors this autumn.

Located next to the new IKEA store near Loulé, the development is being promoted by Retail Outlet Shopping,* an Austrian company which is talking of 110 stores being built in two phases.

autodromeUnable to resist creating yet another money-wasting white elephant, Portimão council has thrown its weight, and ratepayers’ money, behind its latest poorly-thought-out idea – to turn part of the international autodrome into a ‘business incubator’ called ‘Startup Portimão.’

This will open on August 10th in two floors of the round building in the middle of the empty racetrack, a business which also is being propped up by taxpayers through Portugal Capital Ventures.