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Source: Algarve Daily News

BES involved in Venezuelan money-laundering and payment of bribes

Authorities in Portugal, Andorra and Spain, in addition to the United States, are investigating dozens of Venezuelan citizens suspected of laundering hundreds of millions of euros allegedly obtained from bribes when they held positions in public companies under the presidency of Hugo Chávez. The former Vice Minister of Energy in the Chavez administration, Nervis Villalobos, was in Madrid last week for laundering money allegedly diverted from the state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A..

'End island demolitions' petition voted against by majority of MPs

A Communist Party proposal to end, once and for all, the nightmare demolitions on the Algarve's Ria Formosa islands has been defeated in parliament. The ruling Socialist Party voted against the proposal, despite when in opposition voting against the demolitions. Astoundingly, the lone MP from the People Nature and Animals party voted against the demolitions, so, with the Social Democrats and CDS abstaining, the Communists' motion was rejected.

Foreigners rape woman in Olhão after drunken night out

Police officers have arrested three men suspected of raping a woman on the way back to Olhão after a night out in Faro. The events occurred on the night of 9 October, after which the woman went to the police. This, "immediately triggered an investigation that resulted in the identification and detention of three foreign men."

Pro-oil Environment Minister's 'green energy' role questioned by campaigners

The Minister of the Environment, João Matos Fernandes, continues in his post after last weekend's ministerial reshuffle, with his role augmented to include the remit for Energy Transition.(HERE) The addition of this responsibility to the pro-oil minister's workload has raised serious questions as to his suitability to lead the country from oil and coal power dependence to the grassy uplands of green energy self-sufficiency or surplus.

MISSING - appeal launched to locate British man

Joel Eldridge has been missing since July 2018. Although he was last known to be in the area of Sertã (Castelo Branco district), Joel may have travelled to the Algarve, and could be doing casual labouring,or busking with his black acoustic guitar.

Work starts on new Historic Pousada for Vila Real de Santo António

The Pestana Group has the go-ahead to start creation of a new Pousada in the historic centre of Vila Real de Santo António. The hotel will be developed from four historical buildings that are owned by the Council and controlled by its municipal company, VRSA, Sociedad de Gestión Urbana, E.M., S.A. Vrsa, which manages all urban development operations in the historic centre.

One step closer to an Olhão bypass

Olhão residents and road users, well used to standstill summer traffic and choking fumes, may see an end to vehicles having to inch their way through the city along the EN125. In July this year, the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marquês visited the municipality and assured residents that a bypass, talked about for decades, indeed would be built.

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