Culatra properties legalised after 150 years
Portugal’s Environment Minister has announced the legalisation of 190 of 350 properties on the Ria Formosa island of Culatra whose owners had applied for permission. So far, only ten licences have been granted by the munificent Minister, João Matos Fernandes, who braved the island last Friday with the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.
Portugal's top brands - a Who's Who of consumer hatred
OnStrategy has prepared its ranking of the 15 most valuable brands in Portugal, reading like a Who’s Who of consumer bêtes noires. The energy sector leads the list with self-serving EDP winning the accolade of most valuable brand in Portugal.
Consumers still paying gas supply tax two years after abolition
The government has been fannying around again, this time over gas charges that should have been removed from consumers’ bills some two years ago. The rate charged by municipalities to various natural gas distribution companies is still being added to domestic bills despite the charge to consumers being eradicated in the 2017 State Budget.
Portugal enters UNESCO's underwater 'best practices' register
Paris-based UN educational and scientific body UNESCO has unveiled the list of projetcs on best practices for the protection of underwater cultural heritage, which includes schemes from France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and Mexico. Participants at the Meeting of States Parties to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage on 20 June designated the five examples that included the Subaquatic Archaeological Charter of the Azores.
Dangerous heat wave to hit Europe but Portugal remains mild
It’s starting in Spain, then will hit la belle France and will reach central Europe with full force - a potentially dangerous heat wave promises to raise temperatures to around 40 degrees Celcius. In Portugal, there will be some showers and mild temperatures with increasing sunshine intensity from mid week - no cause for alarm at all.
Algarve needs 66 summertime Doctors
The Algarve needs 66 doctors to maintain cover this summer. The Regional Health Administration, with the unfortunate abbreviation, 'ARS Algarve', last Friday announced the list of needs for the region, adding that it’s now up to doctors to apply for the vacancies - but it remains unlikely that many vacancies will be filled.
Parliament to debate dog racing ban for Portugal
On July 2nd, Parliament is scheduled to debate a ban on greyhound racing in Portugal. Two bills have been submitted, by the Left Bloc and the People Animals Nature party, to have dog racing banned and to legislate for fines and prison sentences for those who break the law, if it is passed.