Guadiana river dredging project – mayors irate at being duped

Guadiana needs dredging upstream The mayors of Vila Real de Santo António and Castro Marim voiced their criticism today of the successive postponements by government of the project to dredge the Guadiana river between Spain and Portugal to allow larger craft to navigate the river, bringing much needed tourist income to this once busy area.

This work has been promised for years with zero action by successive governments.

Exhausted vultures rescued

Vultures rescued in the AlgarveTwo adult vultures have been rescued and are recovering in the bird hospital in the Ria Formosa National Park. GNR environmental protection officers from Portimão took charge of the two large birds which are likely to have run out of energy on their annual migration to north Africa.

More bizarre twists in McCann saga

All is not what it seems...It turns out that Kate and Gerry McCann suppressed for five years ‘critical evidence’ that became the centrepiece of the recent BBC Crimewatch programme on the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Findings by ex-MI5 agents long kept under wraps by the McCanns included the two e-fit images described in the Crimwatch programme by Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood as of “vital importance.”

'Baby in the boot' mother face ten years

Baby in the bootA Portuguese mother who hid her baby in the boot of a car for over a year faces ten years in a French prison, as does her drunken husband.

The baby is underweight and undersized for its age having apparently spent its entire life in the boot of a car in the Dordogne.

No jail for public employee who stole €1/4 million ‘for love’

Stolen for loveA public employee has been convicted of stealing €250,000 and received a suspended sentence.

The Tribunal in Braga today sentenced a state employee to a four year suspended prison sentence. She worked in the local Conservatorio and stole the money over a period of years ‘for love.’

Galp’s profits plunge

Galp profits downTensions in the Middle East and adverse economic conditions in Spain and Portugal were blamed for Galp’s sharp decrease in revenue.   

Galp petrol station profits fell 21% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year with the adjusted net income in the third quarter falling a full 42.3%.

The figures were released on Monday in a statement to the market in which the company refers to "supply constraints in some oil-producing countries, especially Iraq and Libya, and geopolitical tensions, particularly around Syria" and that in the Iberian market the volume of petroleum products sold in first months of the year dropped by 7% due to "adverse economic conditions."

Wanted British sex offender working in Quarteira strip club

Sex offender found in strip clubInvestigators tracked down a convicted Britsh sex offender to a strip club in Quarteira after he had breached his licence conditions in the UK and fled to Portugal.

The investigators tracked Nigel Burnell to the bar in Quarteira having tracked him to Portugal. Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas was working for an ITV documentary ‘On The Run’ which traces wanted criminals.

Algarve businessman makes first cork golf bag

Golf courses soon to see cork bagsAn Algarve businessman has created a line of golfing accessories in cork, including a hand made golf bag, an Algarve first, which is ecological, waterproof and lightweight.

The range has been designed and produced in the Algarve in Portuguese cork, a 100% natural material, biodegradable but durable enough for a long lifetime, according to creator Nuno Nascimento.