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Your Algarve News Highlights - April 22nd 2023

Your Algarve News Highlights - April 22nd 2023

Dear Reader,


Here is your weekly news overview…

Ambulance crews plead for more resources as patients die due to lack of availability

The Union of Pre-Hospital Emergency Technicians (STEPH) have denounced several cases of delays in sending ambulances this week, some with delays of more than two hours and one of which resulted in the patients death.


For this particular case in Faro, which involved a suicide attempt, INEM ‚Äúcould not find an ambulance available to send to the scene‚ÄĚ in time to help the patient.


In a statement, STEPH said¬†‚ÄúFor a case with this degree of priority, effectively threatening life, an Emergency and Resuscitation Medical Vehicle was only sent to the scene an hour and forty-five minutes after the initial call‚ÄĚ, meaning death was unfortunately declared on the spot.


The president of STEPH, Rui Lázaro, told news agencies that among the complaints received is a case in Olhão, where a 60-year-old woman with suspected cerebrovascular accident (CVA) waited more than two and a half hours for an ambulance to be sent. He also pointed out other cases, such as that of a 74 year old man, in Tavira, with a suspected stroke, who waited 52 minutes for an ambulance to be available to help him.


These incidents all occured on Wednesday, the day STEPH were heard at the Parliamentary Health Committee meeting, where it spoke of the lack of resources, expressing concern about the fact that in April there was already a high number of ambulances unavailable due to lack of professionals, a situation that normally happens only in the summer period.


The union president said that this month the forecast was of ‚Äúmore than 50% of ambulances unavailable‚ÄĚ.


As he explained, last year this level of crisis only occurred during the summer (June, July, August and September), adding: "If in April the scenario is like this, in two or three months we will be much worse".


The¬†STEPH union says that the cases reported to it on Wednesday are of "extremely seriousness" and points to the "inefficiency of a service that INEM should guarantee citizens", even talking about "possible serious negligence in the emergency medical assistance‚ÄĚ.


The union president says that he will forward the complaints to the competent authorities, including the Minister of Health.



Albufeira: Young couple arrested for stabbing 19 year old girl to death

The Police have arrested a 20 year old man and a 21 year old woman, on suspicion of the death of a 19 year old girl outside a nightlife establishment in Albufeira, early on Sunday morning.


The alert was given at 6:30 am and the victim was still alive when firefighters arrived, but emergency medical services declared the young woman dead at around 7:30 am.


It is rumoured that the female arrested is the perpetrator of this crime.


After investigation, “relevant evidence was collected and a knife recovered, which led to the arrest of the suspected perpetrators", said the police statement.


Shockingly, a video of what is thought to be this young woman being attacked was circulated on social media networks shortly after the event. The 22-second video shows attacks on a young woman outside a bar on Rua da Oura in Albufeira, an area known for its intense nightlife. In the final part of the video, a girl can be seen falling to the ground, but it is not known if she is the fatal victim. However, it seems likely.


According to a police source, after investigations and interviews with onlookers,¬†suspicions are that it was a ‚Äúdisagreement between kids‚ÄĚ at the end of the ‚Äúnight‚ÄĚ.¬†


The victim and the suspects are all of Portuguese nationality.



6 Algarve municipalities on maximum fire alert until the end of this week

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) predicts a very high fire danger across 6 Algarve municipalities, at least until the end of this week.


Seventeen municipalities in the districts of Faro, Portalegre, Santarém and Castelo Branco are at the maximum danger of rural fire, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).


The Algarve municipalities affected are Monchique, Portimão, Silves, Loulé, São Brás and Tavira, at maximum danger level of fire.


The IPMA also placed more than 50 municipalities throughout Faro, Beja, √Čvora, Portalegre, Castelo Branco, Santar√©m, Leiria, Coimbra, Guarda Viseu, Vila Real and Bragan√ßa at very high risk of fire, the next level down from maximum danger.


These high risks of fire are predicted at least until the end of the week.


Calculations are obtained from air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours.



Missing young paddle-boarder found alive after 20 hours adrift at sea

The 17 year old girl who had been missing since Saturday evening was found alive this Sunday afternoon, after spending 20 hours adrift at sea.


The young woman was on a paddle board, which was blown out to sea by the wind at around 8 pm on Saturday, preventing her from returning to the beach.


‚ÄúThe father even tried and jumped into the water, but unfortunately he couldn't grab it, he didn't have the physical capacity to reach the board‚ÄĚ, said local Commander of the Maritime Police of Vila Real de Santo Ant√≥nio and Tavira, Commander Jo√£o Afonso Martins,¬†who coordinated the searches for the young woman.


She was found early yesterday evening by the merchant ship MSC Reef, which was heading to the port of Tangier, in Morocco, still on top of her paddle board, about 25 miles south of Vila Real de Santo António.


The young woman is currently at Centro Hospitalar Universit√°rio do Algarve (CHUA), with her mother.


Clinical Director Horácio Guerreiro said “after so long without food, exposed to the sun and with stress, the girl is naturally very tired and has some muscle and skin pain, but she has no serious injuries. She is in a stable condition, and it is hoped she will be discharged within 24 to 48 hours.


We wish her a speedy recovery!



‚ÄćMore news next week!




Currency Market Update - 21st April 2023

This morning we see the retail sales figures released for the UK. Expectations were that it would continue to drop off, especially after seeing inflation levels stay above the 10% mark earlier in the week.



Dancing to the Music of Time

It was a young woman who started it.  She began to dance 'fervently' in a street in Strasbourg in France, and before anyone knew it, a group of other young women had joined in. 



Goodbye cruel world... there’s an AI out there that wants to kill us!

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it's getting ready to take over the world. Or, at the very least, to take away the jobs and livelihoods of many digital marketing professionals, that's what it is (that today we feel ourselves with a flair for the dramatic)!



Nobel Algarve British International School students selected for national youth parliament programme

Seven Nobel Algarve British International School students are heading to Lisbon to represent the region in the national Youth Parliament programme. The selection was made after the school was voted among the top-three out of 15 participating schools in the Algarve, at both middle-school and secondary level.



Portuguese Words that are Made of Initials - Essential Guide

This week, Sandra Carapinha, founder of Learn European Portuguese Online offers ADN readers a free, fun and engaging episode on how to understand the meaning of acronyms and initialisms in Portuguese.



Crucial foreign affairs issues

Portugal continues to keep a close eye on foreign affairs all over the world, even though it has greatly downsized and is now just a small country on the sidelines of major power politics.



Religious Tourism ‚Äď Part 3, Islamites

Part 3. In my books on tourism potentials in the Algarve and the whole of Portugal, I mentioned religious tourism as something with great profit, to come. In the book RESSURGIR, on my chapter about the FUTURE OF TOURISM, I repeated it.




Top floor 2 bedroom apartment with sea views & pool, Carvoeiro

This top floor 2 bedroom apartment with distant sea views and communal pool in Monte Dourado, is only a short stroll to amenities and beach of Carvoeiro.



Unique property with 19 rooms located in the historic town of Silves

This unique property located in the historic town of Silves, was constructed in 1836 and has a total build area of 880 m2. The property’s size allows for the possibility of a transformation into a boutique hotel, in which the 19 rooms can be converted into any desired space.



3 Bedroom Penthouse Apartment for sale, in Luxury Condominium in Lagos

Located next to Marina de Lagos overlooking the Marina and bay of Lagos, this penthouse apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 balconies, and is waiting for you!



For Sale: Country House with Panoramic Views in S√£o Br√°s de Alportel

This south facing property with 2+1 bedrooms and living room overlooking the scenic countryside is situated in a fully fenced plot.



Spacious Penthouse Apartment at Penina Golf Course, Alvor

Located within the sought after Penina Golf Resort, this generous 3 bedroom penthouse apartment enjoys open views over the pool and gardens. Boasting a large south facing balcony and roof terrace, it enjoys the sunshine all day long.




"Understanding Portuguese Wines" Workshop & Tasting - April 29th

Jo√£o Carvalho is an expert in Portuguese and international wines, and will presenting a Wine Experience event on April 29th, from 4pm, at Herdade da Corte, Tavira.



Aderita Artistic Space hosts an exhibition of artists and students from Colégio Internacional de Vilamoura

"Why?" is the question that serves as the motto for a collective exercise around knowledge, philosophy, and art, promoted by the Vilamoura International School (CIV) at the Galeria Aderita Artistic Space, in Vale do Lobo, Loulé.



Bella Acapella was back on stage in Tavira

A church filled with a focused and smiling audience, a chorus turning its back as one lonely voice sang in this surprising opener. So it began, and it was powerful this Saturday 8th of April in the Misericórdia church.



Dream Yoga - Lecture and Workshop, 21-23 April 2023

It is with great joy that we announce the coming of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche to Portugal for the first time, from 21-23 April, 2023 for a workshop and free lecture on the Bön Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.



Artisanal 'Situated Practices' Exhibition - April 1st to June 17th

The exhibition shows objects that have been developed mainly with Casa de Empreita (Palm Weaving Shop) and Oficina de Caldeireiros (Copper Shop) of  Loulé Criativo. These functional pieces in palm, copper, cork and cane are shown side-by-side with a series of short films that offer a unique and critical perspective of the artisans’ vision of their art, their work and their philosophy of life.



Upcoming Events at Figs on the Funcho

Waterside retreat Figs on the Funcho have some wonderful walking and painting events planned over the next few months. Take a look and book your place soon - spaces are limited!




To see more info about events coming up in the next few weeks, check out

My Guide Algarve's event calendarÔĽŅ



For latest information and advice regarding crime, wildfires and the Covid-19 pandemic, visit the

Safe Communities Portugal websiteÔĽŅ



Everything you need to know if you are moving to, living in or visiting the Algarve.

ÔĽŅAngloInfo website


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