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gibraltarGibraltar continues enjoying GDP growth at around 8% for 2015 and virtually full employment.

In the last 30 years, The Rock’s economy has undergone a huge transformation, from one dominated by, and reliant upon, the garrison and related public-sector activities, to an economy which is driven by the private sector.

sueellengrammerSue Ellen Allen, who lived for years in the Algarve as a fugitive on the run from American justice, will have the honour of sharing First Lady Michelle Obama's box in the House of Representatives during the president’s last State of the Union address.

A White House announcement following Tuesday's address said that Allen and a small group of other special guests “personify President Obama’s time in office and most importantly, they represent who we are as Americans: inclusive and compassionate, innovative and courageous.”

refugeeship2With over 3,770 estimated deaths, 2015 has been the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe.

In comparison, approximately 3,270 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean in 2014. Globally, IOM estimates that over 5,350 migrants died in 2015.

Prime Ministe,  David CameronThe Prime Minister has announced this week that the UK has delivered on its promise of resettling 1,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees by Christmas.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, the Prime Minister confirmed the UK had reached the milestone and stressed that the government would continue its focus on resettling those in the region who are most at risk.

By hitting the target, the government has shown it is well on track to resettle up to 20,000 Syrians through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) Scheme over the next 5 years.

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel LaureateIn front of an audience of 1,600 people at Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, the well known Nobel Laureate in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz, always with a smile, analysed the past and future of world economies.
After 50 years of economic growth and welfare in the post-war period, the richest 1% since 1988 got 60% more wealth at a loss to the poorest, and with increased inequality, especially in the US and the Eurozone, "in Portugal it’s all got worse since I was here 15 years ago," said Stiglitz.

fatimaimage2A Christian plan to promote peace by taking a statue of Our Lady of Fátima from Portugal to Syria has been postponed because of the dire state of affairs in Damascus, but it has not been cancelled altogether.

The largely sectarian war between Shia and Sunni Muslims over the past four years has killed 200,000 and displaced 11 million Syrians, including many Christians caught up in the conflict.

passportbulgarianUnlike birds and other creatures that migrate in an orderly and timely way, the mass movement of humans is shambolic.

We used to wander about freely hunting and gathering in small tribes. As human populations grew and greeds as well as needs became greater, the more developed tribes sent explorers forth to look for opportunities among vulnerable communities abroad. Invaders and colonisers followed.

New Honorary Consul for Norway in the AlgarveFrancisco Bivar Weinholtz was appointed as the new Honorary Consul for Norway in the Algarve this past Thursday at the Alvor Praia Pestana Hotel. The event had the presence of the Ambassador of Norway Ove Thorsheim, and his wife, Mrs. Anne Egge Thorsheim.

Several local entities and a group of Norwegian Nationals living in the Algarve attended.

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