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Your Algarve News Highlights - September 16th 2023

Your Algarve News Highlights - September 16th 2023

Dear Reader,


Here is your weekly news overview…

Rain, thunder and hail forecast again

Rain, thunderstorms and hail put Algarve under yellow warning between 12:00pm and 9:00pm this Friday 15th September and from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday 16th September.


According to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the districts of Bragança, Viseu, Évora, Guarda, Faro , Vila Real, Beja, Castelo Branco and Coimbra will all be affected.


The yellow warning, the least serious on a scale of three, is issued by IPMA whenever there is a risk situation for certain activities depending on the meteorological situation.



Olhão: Police catch house burglar red-handed

The GNR in Olhão have arrested a 23 year old young man fleeing from a robbery of a private house, after holding the resident couple at knife-point.


“Following the report that someone had forced entry into a residence and that a robbery was taking place against a couple, the Olhão GNR promptly went to the scene and discovered that a man was fleeing the house”, says the GNR in a statement.


On investigation, police found €850 in the young man's possession, resulting from the robbery he had just carried out, plus the knife used.



iPhone 12 sales suspended due to concerns about radiation levels

Due to concerns about radiation levels exceeding permitted limits, the French government has taken the decision to suspend sales of Apple 's iPhone 12 in the country.


The measure was announced by France's Digital Economy Minister, Jean-Noel Barrot, after the country's radiation watchdog, ANFR, notified Apple about this issue.


Tests carried out by ANFR revealed that the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12 was slightly above the legal limits established in France, which led to the model's sales being frozen in the country. However, the French government believes that the solution to this problem could be relatively simple.


This decision not only affects sales in France, but could also have repercussions throughout the European Union, as SAR safety limits are harmonized among member states. ANFR intends to share its findings with regulators in other EU countries, which could result in similar measures in other markets .


In statements made to the French newspaper Le Parisien, Jean-Noel Barrot expressed the hope that Apple can resolve the issue through a software update that reduces the levels of radiation emitted by the iPhone 12.


Apple now has two weeks to submit a response and, if it fails to do so, the French government could order the withdrawal of all iPhone 12 devices in circulation in France.


For Apple, this suspension of iPhone 12 sales in France represents a significant challenge, as the French market is one of the largest in Europe.


This situation highlights the importance of compliance with security regulations in all markets in which companies operate, and serves as a reminder that mobile technology must meet the rigorous security standards set by regulatory authorities.



Olive oil prices will reach a record high

The value of olive oil has increased exponentially in some Portuguese supermarkets, in just one week, and has reached more than €13 for a 750 ml bottle of olive oil.


The price of olive oil was expected to rise this year, due to adverse weather conditions, including high temperatures and drought, however, the increase is even greater than initially predicted.


“As there is no product stock, all new purchases made from suppliers since September 1st this year already reflect these increases.”


According to Portuguese news website NiT, Minipreço, bought by Auchan Portugal in August, is “charging olive oil prices almost €3 above the market average for an equal product. A bottle of Gallo gourmet extra virgin olive oil already costs €13.62, while the essential gourmet extra virgin olive oil from the Oliveira da Serra brand costs €13.86”.


Minipreço has already spoken out, justifying that the price rise is related to production losses and lack of stock.


“As there is no product stock, all new purchases made from suppliers since the 1st of September this year already reflect these announced increases, with the consequent transposition to the linear stores of our stores”, the official source explained.


Mariana Matos, general secretary of Casa do Azeite, a private association that deals with the marketing and labelling of olive oil, explained that the prices charged in Spain are very similar to those charged in Portugal. Unfortunately, this may not be good news, as the price increase in Spain could further affect the Portuguese market.


Spain leads the world olive oil sector, and any relevant event in this country has a direct impact on the dynamics of the Portuguese market.



River of red wine flows through the streets in Aveiro

The streets of São Lourenço do Bairro, in the district of Aveiro, were flooded with around 2.2 million litres of red wine this Sunday morning, after the explosion of two red wine tanks. (video below).


The red wine brand, Destilaria Levira issued a statement through its Facebook page to inform how sorry it was for what happened this Sunday.


CLICK HERE to see the video.


“We deeply regret the incident that occurred this morning (Sunday 10th Sept) involving the bursting of two deposits of DOC wine fit for consumption. Although the incident did not cause any injuries, we want to express our sincere concern for the damage caused. The causes of the incident are being investigated by the competent authorities”.


Destilaria Levira also assumes “full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning and repairing the damage, with teams available to do so immediately. We are committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible.”


The alert was given at 10:36am on Sunday. The Volunteer Firefighters of Anadia were on site, cleaning and directing traffic on the affected flooded streets.


Jorge Sampaio, the vice-president of the municipality. “Our biggest concern was that the wine would not go to the Cértima River and cause an environmental disaster." Firefighters managed to dredge the wine to a wastewater treatment plant, preventing it from reaching the Cértima River.


Portugal’s SNS State health service is at risk

The doctors association in Portugal (Ordem dos Médicos) is “following negotiations between the unions and the Ministry of Health, which have been going on since last year, with immense apprehension”, with the survival of the SNS (State health system) said to be at stake.


President of the Ordem dos Médicos, Carlos Cortes, has said Cortes, the reality of the government’s current strategy is that “instead of actually recognising the importance of doctors, of creating mechanisms here that can attract and retain these doctors, what we see is once again more of the same…"


“What’s at stake here is the survival of the national health service”. The service won’t survive with only investments in infrastructure and technological means, “which are obviously very important - the greatest value is its professionals."


“In this specific case, it’s its doctors, so we need to invest in doctors, providing adequate pay, but also investing in working conditions, so that doctors can concretely treat their patients, treat those who need healthcare,” he stressed.


In Carlos Cortes’ mindset the SNS “needs to be revitalised in terms of conditions to attract doctors”, given the difficulties it currently has in terms of human resources.


All the government has come up with so far is offering doctors a pay rise of €917.10. But, this rise is only offered IF doctors commit to what the government calls its ‘full dedication regime’, which syndicates claim removes doctors’ rights, and puts the safety of patients at risk.


Doctors’ unions and the Ministry of Health held a negotiating meeting on Thursday, which again ended without agreement.


SIM, the Independent Doctors’ Union (SIM) is maintaining strikes scheduled for this month, while FNAM, the National Federation of Doctors has considered the “across-the-board pay increase of 3.6% an insult to the entire profession”.


Yesterday, Minister of Health Manuel Pizarro “expressed surprise” that it had not been possible to reach an agreement, hoping for “a rapprochement of positions”.


These negotiations began in 2022, so this is very much an ongoing issue.


The next negotiating meeting, which according to the government will be “the last”, has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th.



More news next week!




Currency Market Update - 15th September 2023

The pound rose against the dollar today as the greenback slipped and as traders looked ahead to the Bank of England's interest rate decision next week.



ASB Eastern Algarve September Ride, 2023

September's meeting place was São Bras de Alportel. It was a good turn-out with 30 riders, including a few new members taking part. Riders formed into two groups making the ride more manageable, enjoyable and safe.



Advanced Healthcare Directive / Living Will

An advance healthcare directive, also known as a living will, is a document in which a person expresses, in advance, the type of health care that they do or do not wish to receive, should they not be able to express their wishes at any stage.



Bilingual Power: Same words in Portuguese and English!

This week, Sandra Carapinha, founder of Learn European Portuguese Online offers ADN readers a free, engaging lesson to learn how to explore the connection between English and Portuguese languages.



Discover the Algarve with these fun, special workshops and tours

The Algarve, is known for its beautiful beaches, sun-drenched weather and bustling cities. But there is so much more to discover in this enchanting region than just sand and sea. 



Could moving to Portugal be the secret to better health?

A free new guide for expats to healthcare in Portugal – Your Health in Portugal from Global Citizen Solutions (published in partnership with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK and its Moving to Portugal shows) – is shining a spotlight on the country’s health credentials.



Pandemic-speak is Universal

Certain words and phrases spring into prominence during emergencies.  In the recent past we have been subjected to sound bites on breakfast TV and tiers before bedtime. So many that they have become platitudes. But good things no longer come to those who wait and time doesn't heal all wounds.  As Shakespeare pointed out, we have all seen better days.




1/4 SHARE of a 2 bed townhouse, Spa Resort Vale d´Oliveira

For sale, a quarter-share allowing 3 months usage per year of a spacious, refurbished, single storey townhouse on the fabulous Spa Resort Vale d´Oliveira, Carvoeiro.



Magnificent traditional-style villa with pool, in an supreme Algarve location

This incredible, completely renovated, detached traditional-style villa is situated in tranquility just ten minutes away from the prestigious Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo areas, offering the perfect balance between the tranquility of the countryside and the convenience of the city.



Lisbon - the perfect city for an overseas home

If ever there was the perfect city for an overseas home, it has to be in Lisbon. Buying a property for sale in Lisbon, Portugal is what most of us dream of. Lisbon is everything a city should be, it’s vibrant and exciting with upbeat districts and spectacular scenery with amazing architecture.



For Sale: 2 bedroom semi detached villa on Quinta do Paraiso, Carvoeiro

This charming, renovated 2 bedroom house on the very popular resort of Quinta do Paraíso is  only 15 mins walk from the beach, with communal pools (1 heated in the winter), tennis courts, reception service, mini golf, entertainment in the summer, various restaurants, mini market, dive school and pool bar on site.



For Sale:1 Bedroom Apartment in central Lagos

This lovely 1 bedroom apartment is situated in a quiet; central area, just short walk to the historic centre of Lagos!



Brand new stunning front-line townhouse in the old town with amazing sea views

Completed in 2022, this is an individually designed, frontline townhouse located amongst the quiet and historic streets of Rossio in west Albufeira. A few steps to the beach, harbour and abundant facilities, this stunning home enjoys secure parking, a contemporary lawned garden, plunge pool and panoramic high efficiency glazing to all south west facing elevations with gorgeous timber slatted integrated sun shutters to all southerly rooms.




Autumn Mediterranean Gardening Fair - Oct 28th & 29th, 2023

The 2023 Autumn Mediterranean Gardening Fair will take place at the FISSUL Exhibition Hall in Silves town centre, by the River Arade, from 10h to 17h, on Oct 28th & 29th.



Steven Cox brings "Frottage" to Aderita Artistic Space Gallery - Vale do Lobo

Until the 24th of September, Aderita Artistic Space Gallery will be hosting the exhibition "Frottage", by the Scottish Steven Cox (1986, Aberdeen). The artist, who is recognised for his original mixed media techniques, applied into abstract pieces, presents ten pieces to Vale do Lobo in wich he explores unique marking techniques.



Art to help dogs in need, Art to help StreetLife … Monthly paintings by Tina McEvoy

Tina McEvoy is a local artist in the East Algarve who after many years of painting felt it was time to do something meaningful with her art.  So she decided to combine two things close to her art – being creative and helping dogs.



International Music Day Concert - Oct 1st 2023

On October 1, 2023, dive into a world of diverse melodies with the International Choir of Aljezur at Espaço +, Rua da Escola, Igreja Nova, Aljezur, starting at 18:00h.



A Workshop for Prevention, Recovery, and Holistic Well-being - Oct 26th

Unlocking the Healing Potential of Your Body through Effective Detox and Support. Preventing ill health has never been easier.  Even if you are experiencing a health crisis, detoxing and supporting your body in the right way can make all the difference to your recovery.



RBL Halloween Bash - Oct 28th, Albufeira

After a quiet Summer with only a couple of events, the RBL are pleased to advertise their Halloween bash taking place at Johnny Hooper's Saxaphone Bistro on Saturday 28th October, starting at 12:30. 



The Watch Plays Genesis in Portugal - 19th to 23rd September

THE WATCH is a 5 piece band from Milan, composed of Simone Rossetti (lead vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers), Valerio De Vittorio (keyboards, synthesisers, guitars, vocals), Mattia Rossetti (bass, guitars, vocals), Francesco Vaccarezza ( drums, percussion, vocals) and Giorgio Gabriel (lead guitars).



AMIGOS DE MUSICA Special September Events

The new concert season 2023/24 of the Amigos de Musica will begin on September 12th, 2023 with a kick-start evening, a SPECIAL EVENT with an INTRODUCTION RECITAL in addition to the usual programming!




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

My Guide Algarve's event calendar


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

Safe Communities Portugal website


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

AngloInfo website


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