Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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vasconcelosThe Government has no interest in removing the miles of single white lines and traffic separators that have turned journeys on the western section of the EN125 into slow and frustrating trecks as no overtaking is allowed.

The Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure replied to some written questions from the Algarve Left Bloc MP, João Vasconcelos, and said the main objective for the creation of these white lines and the installation of the separators was to reduce the number of accidents.

FaroIslandTrafficBoardIf the incompetence of the Polis Litoral Ria Formosa company needed any further coverage, here it is, with the traffic chaos caused at Faro Island a direct result of the slack management at this well-funded but deeply incompetent, State-owned company.

The installation of an electronic traffic management panel earlier this year, at the roundabout before the straight road leading to the single lane bridge to Faro Island, was meant to advise drivers of the availability of parking spaces on the island.

Should the island’s car parking areas be full, drivers could use the new car parking area 800m short of the bridge and walk the rest of the way - not ideal but sensible enough.

ikea2A new kindergarten in Almancil is to be paid for by IKEA and built under the direction of the Social and Cultural Association of Almancil (ASCA) and is underwritten by Loulé council.
The new facility will have space for 157, 0 to 5-year-olds and will take in children from neighbouring parishes as well as the growing number from Almancil itself.

candlesPortugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa has confirmed the death of a second Portuguese national resulting from the terror attack in Barcelona last Thursday, August 17th.

The 20-year-old woman had been missing since the attack but fears grew for her safety as her 74-year old Portuguese grandmother, with whom she was on a family reunion shopping trip, was one of the 13 killed after a van was driven through a crowd in Las Ramblas.  A further 120 pedestrians were injured, 17 of whom remain in critical condition.

helicoptercrashThe pilot of an Everjets helicopter on fire fighting duties in Cabril, Viseu, died on Sunday just before midday.

The helicopter hit some high voltage cables, span out of control and crashed to the ground, bursting into flames with the pilot trapped inside, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

dogLeapingThe law criminalising the ill-treatment and abandonment of companion animals in Portugal has contributed to a sharp increase in cases of neglect.

This mainly has been due to “a lack of information and awareness among owners,” according to the head of the nation’s association of vets.

tavira2A new pier for Tavira island and sand dredging to deepen access channels is to cost €2.5 million, according to a protocol between Polis Litoral Ria Formosa Company, Tavira Council and State-owned, Docapesca.

The public protocol for technical and financial cooperation for the construction of the infrastructure has been signed off by the Minister of the Environment, João Matos Fernandes, and the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.

beachpenecoalbufeiraDiscerning foreigners have been moving to the south and the north with the districts of Faro and Oporto showing the biggest increase in registrations between 2015 and 2016.

The districts of Faro, covering the Algarve, increased its registered foreign intake by 9% in a year, with the north in second place with a 5% boost.