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roadworksThe main restaurant street in Olhão, Avenida 5 de Outubro, currently being dug up, is to have more pavement space for diners. Work is progressing slowly with businesses complaining of a severe drop in low season trade.

The Council, aware that the civil engineering contract is not progressing as planned, sensibly has decided to exempt affected businesses from paying commercial rates until the conclusion of the work, which now is scheduled for the end of May.

brexitLenTheresa May is still Britain’s prime minister this morning after surviving yet another day as a wholly unconvincing, ‘head of Brexit,’ aided by an opposition that fails to take advantage of the hand it had been dealt.

The latest May's supremacy, a vote of ‘no confidence’ tabled by the opposition leader, saw rebel Conservatives and MPs from the all-important Democratic Unionist party, swing behind the prime minister to defeat the motion with a majority of 19.

cannabisParliament is to debate the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use. With one in ten Portuguese having tried the drug and with almost half a million active consumers, it may be seen as pointless continuing its classification as illegal, according to pro-drug pressure groups.

The usage figures increase in the 25 to 44 years age group, according to a national survey prepared by the Intervention Service on Admissible Behaviors and Dependencies (SICAD) in 2016/17.

cttcounterThe Association of Municipalities Terras do Infante, ie Aljezur, Lagos and Vila do Bispo, plus Lagoa Council are going ahead with an injunction to halt the closure of the CTT post offices in Aljezur, Praia da Luz, Sagres and Carvoeiro.

Representatives from four municipalities met managers from CTT in Lisbon on January 14, and "concluded that the current process will lead to the destruction and degradation of a public service that will penalise the population, small and medium-sized enterprises, tourists and the foreign resident community."

INEMHelicopterA head-on collision between two cars on the EN122 at Castro Marim left two men dead this morning; one of them was the well-respected local journalist, Domingos Viegas from Jornal do Algarve.

The accident occurred on the road linking Castro Marim to Vila Real de Santo António. Viegas was 46-years-old and leave a wife and two children. The victim in the other car was 21-year-old Daniel Neves from Castro Marim.

SchoolClassThe Minister of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, has announced that the nation’s schools budget is to receive a boost of €80 million from community funds and additional central government spending.

The Minister stressed that this new budget will allow 40 more schools to be refurbished, raising the total refurbishment spend to €735 million between 2016 and 2020.

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