Thursday, 19 October 2017
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vrsa2The Feira da Praia (Fair of the Beach) will be held in Vila Real de Santo António, between October 10th and 15th, as is traditional.
The fair takes place along Avenida da República and in Marquês de Pombal Square, and attracts thousands of visitors, mainly from Spain where the 12th of October is a holiday.

salgado11The Central Criminal Investigation Court has ordered the seizure of most of the remaining €39,000-a-month pension payment made to Ricardo Salgado, the former president of BES and Grupo Espírito Santo.

The preemptive seizure was made as part of the various investigations Salgado faces after everything went so horrible wrong for the 'Master of all he Surveys.'

11459With many workers planning a long, holiday weekend from Wednesday evening to next Monday morning, the weather in Portugal will offer clear skies and soaring temperatures with Faro steady at around 30°C over the weekend.

Some regions will have temperatures of up to 36°C, including the central Alentejo and Central areas, according to the medium range forecast from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

prisoninteriorJudges have sentenced Mikhail Razvan Oprea, a 36-year-old Romanian, to the maximum sentence of 25 years in jail for abduction, rape, homicide and desecration of a corpse.

Oprea also was ordered to pay €110,000 in damages to the family of Bruna Nunes, the 17-year-old schoolgirl found was found bludgeoned to death in scrubland at Palazim, Aljezur.

SEFThe director of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) was fired on Wednesday, October 4th, after a meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Constança Urbano de Sousa.

No reason for the sacking of Luísa Maia Gonçalves has been given but the likelihood is that it was due to the simmering row over changes to the immigration laws which the SEF was known to oppose.

musicSecretary of State for Culture, Miguel Honrado, said the second year of the '365 Algarve' cultural programme will leave an even greater mark on the region. This is safe bet as last year’s poorly publicised programme came and went with few noticing.

In 2011, Portugal received a ten-year grant from the EU of €175 million for a project 'to attract tourists to Portugal during the winter months so as to mitigate the effects of seasonality.’

PJBadgeArrests have been made in the murder inquiry launched after a barman, who was savagely beaten and kicked in an Albufeira street on September 3rd, was allowed to die five days afterwards.

Doctors declared Paulo di Santo ‘brain dead’ and gave him less than 1% change of recovery. His life support systems were switched off on September 8th and an assault inquiry turned into a hunt for his murderers.

passosMantaRota2Former Prime Minister of Portugal, and current Social Democratic Party leader, Pedro Passos Coelho has decided not to seek re-election, due to last Sunday’s collapse in support for his party at the local election ballot box.

On Sunday night, when PSD defeat was clear, Passos Coelho said he needed a few days to consider his position. This he has done and decided that 'enough is enough.'