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Your Algarve News Highlights - May 18th 2024

Your Algarve News Highlights - May 18th 2024

Dear Reader,

 

Here is your weekly news overview…

Portugal standing by Ukraine

Peaceful Portugal remains a firm ally of Ukraine, which is now under increasing bombardments, with fears of eventual defeat by Russia.

 

Russia’s advances have intensified so much recently that there are worsening worries in the Western World of Ukraine’s prospects for survival as a sovereign nation.
President Vladimir Putin has been visiting his ‚Äúfriend‚ÄĚ Chairman Xi Jinping in China while Russia‚Äôs latest electronic warfare techniques have been weakening Ukraine‚Äôs air defences provided by the United States and NATO.

 

Portugal has long been an adherent member of both the European Union and NATO. There has always been a basic agreement on foreign policy between the two main political parties, the centre-right Democratic Alliance and the centre-left Socialist Party, both of which have been running the country alternatively since soon after the Carnation Revolution in 1975.

 

The foreign policy consensus is as strong as ever now, grounded on its European integration alongside its trans-Atlantic solidarity. ‚ÄúPortugal‚Äôs European integration is the cornerstone of democratic consolidation, and democracy is the source of legitimacy of Portugal‚Äôs accession to the EU,‚ÄĚ say Nuno Severiano Texeira , director of the Portuguese Institute of Foreign Relations, and former defence minister between 2005 and 2009.

 

Only the Communists with little say in the Portuguese Assembly regard what is going on in Ukraine as merely a ‚Äúcivil war.‚ÄĚ

 

Domestic issues prevail, and so Portugal has only be able to help Ukraine‚Äôs war effort financially in a modest way. In terms of military assistance, Portugal has only allocated ‚ā¨7o million. However, Portuga‚Äôs military assistance has been noticeable in NATO front line countries, particularly Romania and the Baltic states.

 

While located on the far west of continental Europe, Portugal is well aware of concerns that should Russia take over Ukraine its aggression may move westwards. This could be encouraged should the United States downgrade its economic and military assistance to Ukraine, or no longer be relied upon to support NATO. These are strong possibilities if Donald Trump is returned to the White House in November’s presidential election.

 

That aside, Daniel Marcos, professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the new university in Lisbon, is quoted by Joao Ruela Ribeiro in the ‚ÄúEastern Europe bi-monthly magazine as saying: ‚ÄúSince the beginning of the Russian aggression , Portugal, following the tradition of transatlantic and European solidarity, has been on Ukraine‚Äôs side. First of all by condemning the external aggression which threatened Ukraine‚Äôs sovereignty , and secondly by giving its allies who border Russia assurances that Portugal will be as assertive as possible regarding the security of NATO and EU territory.‚ÄĚ

 

The Eastern European, which is widely read in central as well as the eastern EU countries, recognises Portugal’s respect for Ukraine’s war efforts. It notes that Ukraine is a matter of concern within Portuguese society in general, not only among politicians, even more so than some other EU countries.

 

Last July, the president of Ukraine and the prime minister of Portugal, adopted a joint declaration reiterating their “unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s war. “

 

Portugal’s current centre-right government is fragile. It may not last long in power, but it is highly unlikely that Portugal’s sympathy for Ukraine will waiver in any way.
Written by Len Port

 

 

Government makes plan to resolve immigrant legalisation issues

Portugal's prime minister has announced that the government wants to meet with parliamentary groups next week, to draw up an action plan to resolve problems with the legalisation of immigrants.

 

"It will be necessary to have an action plan that we will have the opportunity to present to parliament. I have already asked the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and the Cabinet office minister to start a dialogue with the parliamentary groups on this matter next week," said Luís Montenegro in the fortnightly debate in parliament on Wednesday.

 

The aim, he explained, is to gather input in order to draw up "an action plan, to be carried out immediately, that can resolve the hundreds of thousands of backlogged cases and that can, in the future, prevent them from accumulating again".

 

"Our aim is to continue to be a country that welcomes and integrates immigrants but, in order to give dignity, we must have greater regulation and stop allowing the abuse of what are currently provisions contained in our legislation," he said.

 

In the final part of the debate, in response to PSD parliamentary leader Hugo Soares, the prime minister said that the problems that exist today at the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum (AIMA) are "delicate and profound".

 

"No one likes to see the undignified conditions in which many human beings who come to the country to work are subjected," he lamented, adding that the long queues and delays that have taken place at AIMA generate unease and feelings of insecurity.

 

For Montenegro, the problems at AIMA are "the result of several accumulated errors in border control and reception policies".

 

Earlier, the parliamentary leader of the CDS-PP, Paulo N√ļncio, questioned the prime minister about the impact of doubling the IRS consignment for social sector institutions, pointing out that this measure could "double the funding and budget of many institutions".

 

In response, Montenegro replied that the measure could benefit more than 7,000 institutions, depending on the options of taxpayers, who can choose to whom to allocate a part (from 0.5 to 1%) of their personal income tax.

 

"The government is governing, it has done more in 30 days than the former PS government did in eight long years," praised Paulo N√ļncio.

 

The prime minister took the opportunity to recall the recent changes approved by the government for the beneficiaries of the Solidarity Supplement for the Elderly - increasing the reference value to ‚ā¨600, eliminating children's income as an exclusion factor and making some medicines free for these beneficiaries - and to criticise the PS.

 

"They governed for eight years when they didn't decide this, they have to recognise that the decisive political will, that it was this government that shot at goal and scored," he said.

 

 

Quarteira: car involved in crash only had a driver's seat

A vehicle that crashed at the access roundabout to Quarteira in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was found to be the vehicle was transporting hashish and only had a driver's seat.

 

The Judicial Police are investigating the possibility that the accident happened as a result of rivalry between international drug trafficking networks.

 

The Range Rover SVR V8 collided with a pillar of the viaduct at the 'millionaire roundabout' just after 1am on Tuesday, in Almancil, on the EN125. The driver, who was burned to death and is thought to be Spanish, was reportedly being followed by another vehicle.

 

After the accident, before police arrived on scene, it is reported that some men with their faces covered took some of the drugs from the accident vehicle and fled in the other high-powered car.

 

The PJ collected the serial number of the engine of the luxury car, that was badly charred, and are trying to track down the owner.

 

 

Bathing season is officially open in Albufeira

The bathing season in Albufeira was officially opened yesterday, in a ceremony which took place at Praia dos Pescadores. The bathing season in Albufeira runs until October 15th.

 

The Executive of the City Council and several other entities with responsibilities in the coastal area, such as the Association of Lifeguards of Albufeira (ANSA ), the Maritime Authority, the GNR and the Albufeira Volunteer Fire Department, all attended the ceremony.

The Mayor stated that ‚Äúalthough there is talk of the diversification of tourism in Albufeira, as has been done throughout the mandate, through competitions and large-scale sporting events, the candidacy for UNESCO heritage of the Algarvensis Geopark or the Vhils exhibition submerged on Santa Eul√°lia beach, 'sun and beach' tourism is, without a doubt, Albufeira's motto.‚ÄĚ

 

Three groups of students from schools in Albufeira were also present at the ceremony, who had the opportunity to participate in environmental education activities and awareness-raising actions about safety and actions to adopt on the beach. Also, promoted by the Municipality's environmental unit, the children were invited to an exhibition of vehicles used to preserve and clean the sand.

A drowning/rescue safety simulation took place, by staff from the Maritime Authority, ANSA and Albufeira Volunteer Firefighters (BVA), with a view to raising awareness of the mode of action and equipment used in this type of incident.

 

Cristiano Cabrita, councilor responsible for Environment and Maritime Affairs, stated that ‚Äúbeaches, as a fundamental part of local economic development and the promotion of the 'Albufeira' brand, need reinforced care in terms of cleaning, preservation, maintenance and protection‚ÄĚ . The mayor said that ‚Äúthis is a service that has very positive results, if there is symbiotic work between the community and the Municipality‚ÄĚ, highlighting ‚Äúthe 3 to 4 tons of waste collected daily, on average, during the summer season, by technicians municipalities‚ÄĚ.

 

 

Aljezur: Quinta das Alfambras bush fire is now under control

The bush fire that broke out in Quinta das Alfambras, Aljezur mid-afternoon yesterday was under control by 7pm yesterday evening.

 

The alert was given at 2:59pm, reporting that the fire was consuming large areas of bush and eucalyptus, but no record of any homes at risk.

More than 100 bombeiros operatives were sent to the scene, supported by 38 vehicles.

 

As of 11am this morning, according to the Associação Alerta de Incendio Florestal/Forest Fire Alert group, there are just 22 personnel and 8 vehicles in attendance, with the fire status now 'In Conclusion'.

 

 

Land dispute results in a stabbing

Two brothers, aged 22 and 25, were involved in a stabbing incident on Saturday, due to a dispute over a piece of land at the Boavista site, Quelfes near Olh√£o.

 

According to Portuguese TV channel TVI, the older brother stabbed his brother in the chest with a 13 centimetre long knife, resulting in the victim being transported in a serious condition to Faro Hospital, where he is hospitalised. The Judiciary Police were also called to the scene of the incident, to carry out various investigations.

The knife used in the crime was seized by authorities, but the assailant, who was also transported to the same hospital as his brother but with minor injuries, ended up escaping and is still being sought by the GNR.

 

 

A record hot summer is on the cards

Portugal is bracing itself for possibly the hottest summer ever, while globally, last month was the hottest April on record.  

 

According to Copernicus, the European Union‚Äôs climate monitoring service, April marked the continuation of an unprecedented 11-month streak of record-breaking conditions. Despite what the scientists say, some people argue that extreme weather conditions existed long before humans inhabited the Earth, so they feel there is no need to worry. Many older people tend to ignore the importance of reaching a ‚Äúnet zero‚ÄĚ emission balance, and the deadline year of 2030 never mind 2050. They leave this concern to the young who will still be around.

 

Whether the planet was extremely hot or cold many thousands of years ago is irrelevant to the current concerns about environmental destruction caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions threatening Portugal and elsewhere this summer

 

The notion that countries must just socially and economically adapt to extreme climate change is ridiculous. Brazil is one of the countries most affected recently, with major floods engulfing entire cities.

 

Portugal is as well prepared as possible for more wildfires, droughts and floods, as well as rising sea levels.

 

Portugal  has achieved a 60% renewable share in electricity generation. It aims to achieve an 80% share within the next two years. This is achievable because Portugal has abandoned the use of coal and is relying increasingly on hydro, wind and solar sources. 

 

Overall, Portugal has strong policies and targets in place. Although it is doing comparatively well in Europe, critics point out a number of extra measures the government could be taking. Experts want to see more support for low-income households, a faster phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and improvements in the transport sector.

 

The major greenhouse gas emitting countries are still not doing nearly enough to address extreme climate challenges The United States is focused on its November presidential election and providing support for the war in the Middle East. Russia is concentrating on its war in Ukraine. China is steeped in its own conflicts and security concerns.  

 

The superpower leaders are failing to solve the existential global warming crisis they have largely created.

Written by¬†Len PortÔĽŅ

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