Archive for January, 2020

Ambitious hydroelectric project to end coal in Portugal by 2023

Jan 31 2020 Published by under Local News

A new revolutionary hydroelectric project in northern Portugal will substitute the power supply of coal plants.

Prime Minister António Costa presented a project under construction in the north, that will substitute the supply after the last coal plant closes, in 2023. Portugal is the first country in the world that committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and last year presented a deadline to end its coal plants.

The Sines coal plant in the Alentejo coast will close only when a hydroelectric complex formed by three dams and a pumped-storage station begins operating in the Douro river. The complex is being built by Spanish wind corporation Iberdola.

“We will only close the Sines plant in 2023 because it will only be in 2023 that we will be able to count on this system for the country’s energy supply,” Costa told the press. Ensuring stable electricity supply from renewable sources that rely on the intermittent movement of wind blowing or the sun shining is one of the hardest challenges faced by countries aiming to reduce their carbon emissions.

The new complex will be able to supply two million homes, by collecting water and generating energy by moving it between reservoirs with a height difference of 650 metres. This system emits zero emissions and it is one of the most promising substitutes of fuel fossil plants.

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European Sailing Tournament in Portimão

Jan 30 2020 Published by under What's happening

Portimão will host the Portuguese stage of the 2020 sailing Laser Europa Cup. Sailors from several countries come to sail the Algarvian waters, from January 31 to February 2.

With the first race scheduled at 1 pm on Friday, sailors from all over the world and getting ready to perform under the winter weather of the Algarve. This is the first step of the 2020 competition.

Counting with the support of the Naval Club of Portimão and the City Council, the Europa Cup will also include a social programme that allows athletes to discover the area.

The Portuguese leg of the Laser Europa cup will count with sailors from Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Belarus, Denmark, England, Ukraine, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Dutch Antilles.

For more information on the tournament, please visit http://eurilca.org/

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Jethro Tull to perform in Albufeira

Jan 30 2020 Published by under What's happening

The iconic Rock group, now billed as Ian Anderson and the Jethro Tull band, will perform in Albufeira in June.

The reformed version of the British band Jethro Tull is the headlining act of the South Sound Arts Festival, a new event dedicated to the Arts in Albufeira’s Marina, between June 9 and 14.

The band, now billed as Ian Anderson and the Jethro Tull Band, plays on Friday, June 12. The news was announced by the festival’s organiser, South Sound, on their Facebook page.

Jethro Tull started in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock and jazz fusion, the band eventually developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard rock and folk rock, creating a progressive style.

This is the first edition of the Festival and organises guarantee a great time for everyone and an opportunity for the different arts to meet at one of Portugal’s most beautiful sites.

Information about ticket prices will be available soon.

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Refugees. Boat with 11 Moroccan citizens intercepted in Olhão.

Jan 29 2020 Published by under Local News

The local Command of the Maritime Police of Olhão intercepted, this morning, a boat near the entrance of Barra da Culatra, with 11 men on board, aged between 20 and 30 years old, who claimed to be «of Moroccan origin».

According to Barlavento, and online newspaper from Algarve, the boat was small, made of wood, with an outboard motor, and the Maritime Police followed it up to the port of Olhão, where it moored safely. On board were 11 crew members, three of whom needed to receive medical care, one with slight trauma to the knee and two with abdominal pain.

The rest of the crew remained at the Local Command of the Maritime Police of Olhão, having been handed over, to the care of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF).

Source: Barlavento

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Illustrator from Tavira selected to exhibit at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Jan 28 2020 Published by under Local News

Ines Viegas Oliveira, an illustrator from Tavira, was selected to show her work at the prestigious International Book Fair of Bologna. Oliveira is the only Portuguese illustrator selected for the 2020 edition.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, held annually in Italy, is the world’s biggest professional event dedicated to the illustration publishing industry. It gathers around 1400 publishers, artists and over 30 thousand visitors from all over the world.

The 2020 exhibition will count with the works of Ines Viegas Oliveira, an illustrator from Tavira, Algarve, the only Portuguese selected for this edition.

Ms Oliveira’s work was chosen alongside 75 other professional illustrators from all over the world. More than 2500 illustrators participated in this year’s edition. The Illustrators Exhibition takes place during the Fair, from March 30 to April 2.

After the Fair, the Exhibition continues on a world tour for the next two years. The first venues scheduled after Italy are Japan, Korea and China.

The exhibition catalogue will also be distributed worldwide in Italian, English, Japanese, American, Chinese and Korean versions.

Ms Oliveira will soon publish her work in Portugal too, with the publisher Bruaá.

You can check the list of all 76 illustrators here.

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Police capture sailboat with 1820 kg of cocaine

Jan 28 2020 Published by under Local News

As part of operation Gloria, the Portuguese Criminal Police was able to seize a boat with 1820 kilos of cocaine.

Teaming up with the Drug Trafficking Unit, the Navy and the Air Force, the Portuguese Criminal Police was able to interrupt a transcontinental drug deal and arrest two people.

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and dealing with the worst possible weather, the Criminal Police located and blocked a sailboat which was transporting 1820 kilos of cocaine. This was the result of a two-week investigation.

The two men arrested are not Nationals. They are aged 51 and 53, and on Monday they will be judged by the authorities.

Operation Gloria was carried in a partnership with the French Customs, the National Crime Agency in the UK, the Spanish Police and the Federal Police of Brazil.

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Scotland’s first minister orders officials to keep European flag at Parliament

Jan 28 2020 Published by under Business

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon told officials at the Scottish parliament to keep the European flag flying after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

This comes as a response after several Remainers (and SNP and Green politicians) complaint about the corporate body decision to remove the European flag from the parliament, according to The New European.

Mrs. Sturgeon has repeatedly claimed that Brexit goes against the will of the Scottish people, as they vote to remain in the EU back in 2016.

The Daily Mail advanced that the First Minister has ordered officials to keep the EU flag flying at the doors of the parliament.

The Conservative interim leader criticised Sturgeon’s decision, saying her party was “obsessing about flags” and Scottish independence and not focusing on improving life for Scottish peoples.

Mrs. Sturgeon will reveal the country’s plan to advance with independence from the UK, after they leave the European Union, on Friday.

Welsh First Ministers has also vowed to keep the European Flag at official locations after Brexit.

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New Central Hospital for the Algarve in 2021

Jan 27 2020 Published by under Local News

The Minister for Health guaranteed that the works for a new Hospital in the region will begin next year.

Last Thursday, in a ceremony in Albufeira, the Minister for Health Marta Temido said that all the steps are being taken to begin, in 2021, the works for a new Central Hospital in the Algarve.

A new infrastructure for the region has been announced years ago, as public health buildings in the South of Portugal are overloaded and do not have enough resources.

The Minister stressed that the project they have in hands must be reviewed and analysed in order to meet the new challenges coming ahead.

“We are not talking about construction. We are talking about studies, investment analysis, decisions about services and responsibilities so we can answer to the needs of the Algarvians.” Said the Minister to news outlet SulInformação.

Ms Marta Temido was in the Algarve to honour the doctor Manuel dos Santos Serra, whose name was given to the Health Centre of Albufeira.

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Reduced motorway tolls for Algarve and Interior

Jan 27 2020 Published by under Local News

The electronic tolls of the A22 in the Algarve and other motorways in the Interior will soon have new reduced prices.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Territorial Cohesion. The implementation of the reduced charges will be published in the Governments programme in the near future.

In the announcement, the Government did not clarify why these roads have tolls in the first place, as they were built by European funds. Since their implementation, several complaints and demonstrations have taken place, and even the European Commission has considered them illegal, as they block the free movement of citizens.

In a debate held last week in parliament, Algarve MP João Vasconcelos labelled the issue as “one of the worst crimes practised in the region” on “social, economic and other levels”, as secondary roads were overload by people avoiding tolls, leading to a terrifying increase in road accidents and deaths, namely in the EN125 road.

The Ministry has not commented on the new price of the tolls, nor the discount that is being considered. It did stress that the tolls will not be eliminated.

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Brexit bill receives Royal assent and becomes an official law

Jan 27 2020 Published by under Local News

The Brexit deal received Royal approval and became a law, after clearing all parliamentary impediments.

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans confirmed in a short announcement to the Commons that the Withdrawal Agreement Act had received the Queen’s approval. However, the bill still needs to be ratified by the EU in time so the United Kingdom can formally leave the European Union by January 31.

Boris Johnson’s deal was approved by Parliament on Wednesday night. The EU Parliament will vote to consent on January 29. Mr Johnson will formally sign the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days.

Despite Johnson’s frequent promises leave the EU by January 31, the date only marks the beginning of the first stage of the UK’s EU exit.

The United Kingdom and the European Union must now launch into negotiations on their eventual ties, such as trade, security and other areas, by the end of 2020.

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