Lack of new naturist beaches restricts growing market
One of the Algarve's niche tourism sectors faces frustration and restriction due to the lack of beaches where users can strip off. Eight years after naturists breathed a sigh of relief that a new law has expanded the number of beaches that could be used for au naturel beach activities, not a single new naturist beach has been authorised.
Parchal Church elevated due to increasing number of attendees
Many villagers in Parchal had the opportunity to attend a ceremony that saw the elevation of their community church from a vicariate - a church ministered to by a vicar – to a parish all of its own. The Christian community of Parchal in Lagoa gathered on Wednesday, August 15, at a ceremony presided over by the Bishop of the Algarve himself, D. Manuel Quintas.
Dredging off Faro, "the first in 27 years"
Portugal’s harbour authority, Docapesca, finally has launched a public tender for dredging work at Faro docks at a target price of €100,000. The dredging, the first in 27 years, will see 16000m3 of silt removed in an effort to restore the dock area in preparation for the refurbishment of the floating piers used by fishermen.
Premier FX administrators appointed - instructions issued to former clients
A message has been posted on the website of the defunct Almancil business, Premier FX, '"The currency exchange experts,' announcing the appointment of Dina Devalia and Peter Hart, of PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co as joint administrators. In addition to the shock of the collapse of the business in July, subsequent to the death of founder Peter Rexstrew on June 16th, customers have been appalled at the lack of information issued by the company since its closure on July 20th.
Web Summit founder cancels Marie Le Pen's invite
The Web Summit, held for the past two years in Lisbon, was courting danger by inviting the French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, to speak at its next conference on November 5th, 2018, at the Altice Arena. Co-founder of the wildly popular event, Paddy Cosgrave, stated today that he had changed his mind and that Le Pen’s invitation had been withdrawn, "based on advice we have received and the large reaction online overnight."
Legalisation of abortion leads to fall in numbers
Since Portugal’s government legalised abortion, numbers opting for the operation have fallen and there have been no related deaths since 2011 In the 1970s, abortion was the third leading cause of death among women but between 2002 and 2007, the years leading up to its legalisation, there were 14 deaths known to be related to abortion procedures.
American breaks Blue Marlin record off Madeira
An American fisherman managed to hit a world record this Monday by capturing a 366-kilogram Blue marlin near Calheta, Madeira. According to local press, the previous record fish of 358 kilos was caught off the Ivory Coast 28 years ago. This was beaten on Monday by sports fisherman, Gary Carter.