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Source: Algarve Daily News

New British Ambassador appointed to Portugal

A notice from the British Embassy today advises that Mr Chris Sainty has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic in succession to Ms Kirsty Hayes. Mr Sainty will take up his appointment in the summer of 2018.

PM says Portugal's justice system is "faster and closer to the people"

It will be galling for many of Portugal’s residents, who sit and wait for the start of their court cases, to hear the Prime Minister António Costa opine that things are going so well in Portugal’s justice system. The PM considers that justice is "faster" and "closer to the people" than of late and that “the changes that have been introduced allow for a significant improvement in the overall performance of the system."

MPs to vote on new rules for MPs

MPs who do not submit a declaration of income or assets risk losing their mandate, according to a proposal presented Monday by the Socialist Party in another attempt to increase transparency in Portuguese politics. This amendment to the Statute of MPs includes follows the amendment that an MP may not accept gifts of a value over €150.

Tavira’s Cine-Teatro in €5 million upgrade

Tavira’s Cine-Teatro António Pinheiro is to be completely renovated and redesigned to establish a 360-seat venue which also will cater for 600 people at events. The work, to start in April at latest, was agreed by the council and contracts now can be drawn up.

McCann con-man detective dies of drink

A private detective accused of exploiting the search for Madeleine McCann has been found dead. Kevin Halligen’s company, Oakley International, was taken on by Kate and Gerry McCann to help search for their missing daughter.

'Very strong' earthquake felt - Elvas schools evacuated

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, described as "very strong" by the IPMA, occurred today, 12 kilometres under Arraiolos in Portugal and was felt in numerous locations in the Spanish region of Extremadura, including Mérida, Badajoz and Cáceres. The earthquake was logged at 11:51, with a second event four minutes later measuring 2.5 on the scale.

Portugal's museums and monuments achieve record visitor numbers

Alongside the rise in Portugal’s tourist figures last year, museum entrance numbers increased - by a laudable 8.1% - as tourists sought out monuments, palaces and museums cared for by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage. The overall headcount was 5,060,780 visitors to Portugal's monuments and museums last year with the most popular site being Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery which attracted over a million people, up 7.9% on the year before.

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