Thursday, 30 March 2017
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santaClaraAVelhaThe Santa Clara-a-Velha tourist office is to reopen on March 21st after its extensive refit. The remodeling is aimed to provide "a better service for tourists and boost the tourist offer of the interior," according to the council in Odemira.

Santa Clara-a-Velha, (dwindled population estimated at around 500), due north of Monchique and just over the border into the Alentejo, is a picture perfect village on a well-used Rota Vicentina walking route and to near the massive 1968 reservoir overlooked by a defunct 'pousada' that now is privately owned and has been 'opening soon' for years.

barportugalFaro's shops, bars and eateries are to have their hours set by the council in a move that ends the rights of owners to set their own opening and closing times.

The council approved a regulation document on March 6th which is set to be enacted, ending the liberal regime set up at the end of 2005, according to Sul Informação.

pvAlgarve Left Bloc MPs, Jorge Costa and João Vasconcelos, have put the Ministry of the Economy on the spot by asking why a west Algarve solar energy plant is to receive taxpayer-funded subsidies.

The government has been crowing about licensing a new wave of ‘subsidy free’ renewable energy projects, including the recently authorised €220 million solar farm in Alcoutim, so it is a little more than curious that the company, Hyperion, has stated that it will receive taxpayer subsidies for its new 44Kw project in Bensafrim, Lagos.

scotlandSpain’s foreign minister has said that Spain is opposed to Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

Alfonso Dastis said that membership to the EU for an independent Scotland would not be automatic and it would have to be at the end of the queue if it wanted to join.

saobrasSocial Democratic party councillors in São Brás de Alportel have accused the Socialist mayor, Vítor Guerreiro, of acting illegally from the start of his tenure and that he has left the council wide open to claims due to procedural irregularities.
The Social Democrats explain that since the inauguration of mayor Vítor Manuel Martins Guerreiro and other members of the executive branch elected by the Socialist Party, no decisions formally have been passed at a full meeting of the chamber.

4775Two former managers of the Estoril Racing Circuit are in court tomorrow, Wednesday 14th March, charged with embezzlement and abuse of power.

Domingos Piedade, the former chairman of the board of directors of Circuito Estoril, the State company that has operated the Estoril Circuit since 2002, and Isabel Brazão, a former administrator, are to be tried in Cascais.

fireA well-known lawyer from Lagos had his car torched, alongside two other vehicles, outside an apartment block in Cerro das Mós in Lagos.

The three vehicles were completely destroyed by the fire which started last Friday night.

skullfossilA 400,000-year-old fossilised human skull was found in the Aroeira cave in Torres Novas, Santarém, by an international team of archaeologists, led by João Zilhão.

The archaeologists spotted the skull in 2014 as they surveyed the extensive cave system. After years of careful work and analysis, the team has presented its findings in this week's issue of the US National Academy of Sciences’s newsletter.