Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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lotteryLottery prize collection rules have been changed, using the all encompassing excuse of ‘anti money laundering measures.

Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, which runs Portugal’s lottery, is changing its rules for the payment of prizes of between €2,000 and €5,000 as from today, August 6th.

oilrig2With an embarassed silence still surrounidng the Algarve region's existing white elephants, the mayor of Albufeira is pushing ahead with his pet project, a maritime and oil services training centre in Paderne at an old factory site on the Ferrarias road at Mem Moniz.

Mayor, Carlos Silva e Sousa, said this is an "investment that he feels very proud of" and wishes to see the “enormous potential” realised.

octopus2The mayor of Aljezur is calling it a victory against oil exploration, claiming that Thursday, August 3rd, was "a particularly happy day" because Portugal’s president has signed the new law that provides for local councils to be 'consulted in the administrative procedures concerning oil exploration.'

Mayor José Amarelinho believes that this decision is "another victory" for all those who oppose the proposed oil and gas industry in the Algarve region. In his optimistic opinion, despite local mayors’ views not being binding, Amarelinho believes that a negative local opinion "will not be overruled by any Government."

riaformosaThe court in Faro has decided to revoke an initial decision and proceed with the demolition of 15 illegal houses on the Ria Formosa settlements of Farol and Hangares. The court order is set to be enforced as soon as the summer holiday season is over, bring tension, anger and the prospect of yet more legal fees for property owners.

The Judicial Court of Faro has ordered the "evacuation and demolition" of what it calls "clandestine summer houses" in the Ria Formosa area.

brexitLenThe Algarve's hotels association reported today that the effects of the UK decision to leave the European Union are hitting tourism in Portugal.

“British tourists are losing interest in the Algarve and the cause is Brexit,” according to the association as the number of trips decreased by 12.6% in July compared to the same period last year.

aircraftAlmadaBeachThe flight instructor and trainee pilot of the Cessna that landed on a crowded beach near Lisbon, appeared in court on Thursday over the violent deaths of José Lima, 56, and Sofia António, aged just 8.

The two men refused to speak to reporters as they arrived at the court in Almada for questioning by a prosecutor.

gnrstopPortugal’s GNR military has seized €430,000 in cash from a Chinese citizen at the border in Caia, Elvas.

The man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, bring more than €10,000 in cash into the country and attempting to bribe his way out of trouble.

6199High temperatures across the Algarve region will increase from the already high 30s with the whole region on yellow alert until Saturday evening.

According to the Portuguese weather service, thermometers will reach 37°C in Faro on Saturday with Alcoutim reaching 39°C (102°F).