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Offline Angelo222

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2015, 12:21:13 PM »
I believe the lady was upset because the guards were parked illegally in a spot which had just cost her 30 euros a few minutes earlier.  At the very least they could have rescinded her penalty but that would have involved an admission of guilt on behalf of the guards.  And as we all know, the Portuguese police do no wrong.

The poor dears.  Can't even have breakfast in peace!!            @)(++(*  @)(++(*  @)(++(*
De troothe has the annoying habit of coming to the surface just when you least expect it!!

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Offline G-Unit

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2015, 12:43:42 PM »
I believe the lady was upset because the guards were parked illegally in a spot which had just cost her 30 euros a few minutes earlier.  At the very least they could have rescinded her penalty but that would have involved an admission of guilt on behalf of the guards.  And as we all know, the Portuguese police do no wrong.

Nor do the UK police to be fair. Hillsborough? Took ages to get to the truth of that. A friend who was there told us exactly what happened, but it was hidden all this time.
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Offline Admin

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2015, 12:47:12 PM »
Portugal has more children “going hungry”



26 June 2015



The number of children who feel hungry because they haven’t had enough to eat at home rose in 2014, a study elaborated for the World Health Organisation has revealed.

Put together by researcher Margarida Gaspar de Matos, the study shows that of the 6,000 children interviewed “almost all” suffered from a nutritional problem even though 99% thought they had a healthy diet.

“Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” took place in Portugal among sixth to 10th grade state school children.

According to Observador website, the findings came after hunger levels had remained “stable” since 2006.

Coincidentally, the worrying news came on the same day that child poverty figures were released in the UK.

In this case, though the overall number of children in poverty has not risen, levels are deepening for those already worse off, reported Sky News.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

http://portugalresident.com/portugal-has-more-children-%E2%80%9Cgoing-hungry%E2%80%9D
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Offline Angelo222

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2015, 01:07:24 PM »
Portugal has more children “going hungry”



26 June 2015



The number of children who feel hungry because they haven’t had enough to eat at home rose in 2014, a study elaborated for the World Health Organisation has revealed.

Put together by researcher Margarida Gaspar de Matos, the study shows that of the 6,000 children interviewed “almost all” suffered from a nutritional problem even though 99% thought they had a healthy diet.

“Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” took place in Portugal among sixth to 10th grade state school children.

According to Observador website, the findings came after hunger levels had remained “stable” since 2006.

Coincidentally, the worrying news came on the same day that child poverty figures were released in the UK.

In this case, though the overall number of children in poverty has not risen, levels are deepening for those already worse off, reported Sky News.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

http://portugalresident.com/portugal-has-more-children-%E2%80%9Cgoing-hungry%E2%80%9D

Its not just Portugal, its everywhere in Europe that children are suffering because of austerity measures.
De troothe has the annoying habit of coming to the surface just when you least expect it!!

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Offline Anna

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2015, 06:01:56 PM »
International anti-bullfight network calls for ban on Portugal child spectators


The International Anti-Bullfighting Network, which is made up of some 100 animal rights organisations around the world, has called for a change in the law in Portugal that allows children as young as 12 to attend bullfights.





Rita Silva, president of ANIMAL, the association in Portugal that heads the network in the country, told Lusa News Agency that the organisation “vehemently opposed any kind of violence” and that “children who are subjected to attending and working in this culture [of bullfighting] are expose to a kind of violence that they should not be.”
She recalled that a United Nations committee in February last year warned Portugal that allowing children to attend bullfights was in contravention of the UN Rights of the Child, and recommended that it restrict their access as either participants or spectators.
A law in effect in Portugal since April this year sets 16 as the youngest that anyone can take part or assist in a bullfight, while a law in effect since February last year established 12 as the minimum age to attend such a spectacle.
The Network attended a meeting with members of parliament on Tuesday at which it called for the abolition of bullfighting, as well as the protection of children, and also demanded that public funds not be used to fund the activity.
The Left Bloc party, which is organising the meeting, pledged in its election manifesto, published on Sunday, to end all public funding for bullfights and to start converting the country’s bullrings for other uses.

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/international-anti-bullfight-network-calls-for-ban-on-portugal-child-spectators/35155

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Offline John

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2015, 01:02:42 PM »
Welshman warns Albufeira visitors to “be vigilant”



by Carrie-Marie Bratley, in Algarve · 25-06-2015

A Welshman and his wife who fought off a would-be mugger during the early hours of Saturday morning in Albufeira spoke out about their ordeal to raise awareness and warn others to be vigilant.

The 63-year-old Welshman, a resident in Albufeira, and his wife, also 63, had been walking back home from the main part of the city at around 2am when they were set upon by the thief.

“We were near the globe roundabout when a man ran up from behind us and attempted to grab my wife’s handbag. She wouldn’t let go and then he started to get violent. He attacked me, punched my wife. He was determined to get her bag but after a few minutes he ran off”, the resident recalls.

Around half an hour later, according to the expat, another woman, the wife of a local businessman, was also mugged and in that case the assailant was successful in making off with his victim’s handbag.

“It’s the first time we’ve had any trouble since we’ve been here”, said the man, who has lived in Portugal for a year and nine months but visited regularly before immigrating; “We just want to warn people to be vigilant.”

However, despite suggestions that both muggings were carried out by the same individual, GNR police have told The Portugal News that in fact different perpetrators were responsible for the incidents.

Confirming a foreign couple was “importuned” by an individual who “threatened to rob them” on Saturday night at around 2am but was unsuccessful in doing so, a spokesperson for the force said a second incident involving a different victim had taken place 45 minutes later, but was not carried out by the same assailant.

In the latter instance, the source said, the victim was robbed and “after investigating we have a suspect and an arrest is expected imminently.”

www.theportugalnews.com/news/welshman-warns-albufeira-visitors-to-be-vigilant/35148
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Offline Anna

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2015, 01:20:03 PM »
   
       


I think this same story was in our press with a video. I wonder how many get across on a regular basis?

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Portuguese lorries invaded by Calais migrants

in News · 25-06-2015 14:02:00 · 0 Comments

Four lorries belonging to the Portuguese company Patinter were invaded on Tuesday at Calais Port in France by migrants trying to reach the UK.





According to a spokesperson for the company the trucks were broken into while in queues at Calais, or in some cases while moving.
The representative said no damage was caused to the lorries nor were the drivers ever at risk.
A strike this week forced the suspension of services through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France which came as hundreds of migrants tried to board UK-bound lorries amid the chaos.
http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/portuguese-lorries-invaded-by-calais-migrants/35150
http://epaper.theportugalnews.com/
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Offline John

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2015, 10:12:02 PM »
   
       


I think this same story was in our press with a video. I wonder how many get across on a regular basis?

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Portuguese lorries invaded by Calais migrants

in News · 25-06-2015 14:02:00 · 0 Comments

Four lorries belonging to the Portuguese company Patinter were invaded on Tuesday at Calais Port in France by migrants trying to reach the UK.





According to a spokesperson for the company the trucks were broken into while in queues at Calais, or in some cases while moving.
The representative said no damage was caused to the lorries nor were the drivers ever at risk.
A strike this week forced the suspension of services through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France which came as hundreds of migrants tried to board UK-bound lorries amid the chaos.
http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/portuguese-lorries-invaded-by-calais-migrants/35150
http://epaper.theportugalnews.com/

Its about time something was done about these chancers, for far too long England has been a soft target. They can be stopped and repatriated, all it needs is a government willing to do it whatever the cost.  Recently it has been a case of get to London, expect to stay!
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Offline Anna

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2015, 10:17:53 PM »
Its about time something was done about these chancers, for far too long England has been a soft target. They can be stopped and repatriated, all it needs is a government willing to do it whatever the cost.  Recently it has been a case of get to London, expect to stay!

I totally agree, John. They are having a laugh at our expense.
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Offline Anna

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #39 on: July 01, 2015, 07:50:40 PM »
Outrage in Portugal over police beating of man in front of his children




20 May 2015

Video footage of Jose Magalhaes being struck by police at Benfica football match has put family at centre of national scandal over alleged police brutality.

Video footage of a Portuguese policeman beating a middle-aged football fan in front of his two young sons has caused a national scandal in the country.



Jose Magalhaes took his sons and his 66-year-old father to watch their team, Benfica, play an away fixture against Vitória de Guimarães. The 0-0 draw meant Benfica won the league title.

The video, which also shows the police officer punching Magalhaes’s father, has sparked outrage in Portugal and led to an official investigation by authorities of alleged police abuse of power.

Magalhaes, 42, told AP on Tuesday that police had allowed him and his sons to leave the stadium before others because his children, aged nine and 13, were being crushed as Benfica fans inside celebrated.

“It was supposed to be a day of celebration,” Magalhaes told AP in his hometown of Matosinhos.

The police force’s national headquarters said it has opened an investigation into the incident. The government department that oversees the police is also analysing police conduct.

The dramatic footage, played widely on Portuguese TV and social media, shows the Magalhaes family by a low wall outside the stadium, where the youngest child sat down and drank a bottle of water.

There were few other people in the vicinity because police were holding rival fans inside the stadium in northern Portugal, to avoid clashes in surrounding streets.

An officer questioned Magalhaes, then punched his father before using a truncheon to beat Magalhaes on the ground while his nine-year-old screamed: “Dad! Dad!”

“The policeman came over ... and asked us why we had brought children to a stadium if we knew there might be trouble,” Magalhaes said.

“I told him, gesticulating, that he should be more concerned about the problems inside the stadium.

“The next thing I know he’s on top of me.”

Another policeman in riot gear with a shield kept the 9-year-old child away and tried to pick him up as he cried.

Magalhaes said his first worry was his youngest son.

“The kid didn’t understand what was going on. I wanted to get over to him and comfort him ... and calm him down,” he said. Instead, Magalhaes was handcuffed and taken away.

Magalhaes said the policeman alleged at an initial court hearing on Monday that Magalhaes spat at him, a claim Magalhaes denied. Magalhaes said the police had previously been kind to him and his family by letting them leave the stadium early.

The incident has brought a flurry of investigations and charges.

Magalhaes’s lawyer, Sonia Carneiro, said police have brought a complaint of threatening behaviour and obstruction against Magalhaes.

After an initial hearing on Monday, the public prosecutor’s office is now investigating whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a formal charge against Magalhaes. There is no deadline for a decision.

Magalhaes said he and his father intend to file a complaint against the police, though he acknowledges that the one officer who hit him does not represent the entire police force.

Meanwhile, he has to explain what happened to his children. He and his wife had taught them that the police are their friends, he said, and they “couldn’t understand why the police acted like they did”.

As he nurses his bruises and stiffness, Magalhaes hopes an invitation from Benfica to watch next weekend’s final game of the season will help banish the bad memory.

“The physical part will heal faster than the psychological part,” he said.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/20/outrage-in-portugal-over-police-beating-of-man-in-front-of-his-children


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Officer caught beating Benfica fan suspended for 90 days
in News · 01-07-2015 08:29:00 · 0 Comments

A police officer who was filmed beating a Benfica fan in front of his young sons outside a stadium in Guimarães has been suspended from duties for three months.

Images of the incident which took place after the Cup Final between Benfica and Guimarães caused global outrage after they went viral.
The Minister for Home Affairs suspended the officer for 90 days following a report based on footage from CMTV.

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/officer-caught-beating-benfica-fan-suspended-for-90-days/35202
 
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Offline John

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2015, 11:43:13 AM »
Irish tourist “kidnapped and robbed” by Lisbon taxi driver



3 July 2015



An Irish tourist has claimed he was “robbed and kidnapped” by a taxi driver and two accomplices in Lisbon, according to Correio da Manhã newspaper.

The 27-year-old says the taxi trio stole €600 from him after forcing him to reveal his bank codes. They then left him on a highway with no phone and only €15.

It apparently happened at 3.30am on Wednesday (July 1) after the Irish man caught a taxi in Cais do Sodré, Lisbon, with a woman he had met that night. But the night took a twisted turn when the taxi stopped and a man entered, forcing the Irish man to give him his wallet and mobile phone and tell him his bank codes.

The taxi driver and the woman then used an ATM machine to withdraw €200 from the tourist’s bank account. They drove around for another 30 minutes, stopping at a house before heading for another ATM to withdraw another €400.

The tourist was finally left on a highway with only his ID card, his bank card and €15. He says he used the cash to take a bus and another taxi back to his hotel before calling the police. The case is under investigation.

http://portugalresident.com/irish-tourist-%E2%80%9Ckidnapped-and-robbed%E2%80%9D-by-lisbon-taxi-driver#sthash.GDBHieVX.dpuf
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Offline John

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #41 on: July 14, 2015, 05:57:15 PM »
Portugal’s justice system “declares amnesty on 300,000 debts”



14 July 2015



It’s more than demanded by the troika claims Diário de Notícias in a story suggesting justice minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz has swooped to the rescue of Portugal’s many thousands of debtors.

In 2014 alone she is described as stripping as many as 86,000 cases from judicial calendars. Since 2011, the number of cases dropped by prosecutors tops 300,000, writes DN. It is a form of “cleansing” designed to reduce the horrendous backlog of cases plugging the works of a system known to function, at best, at the pace of a snail.

The debts referred to cases against individuals as well as companies, DN reveals. Indeed, since the legal changes that allowed for this cleansing, the State has “managed to tidy up cases dating back to before September 15, 2003” many of which now involve debts that could no longer be recovered.

As the paper explains, “there are no longer goods that could be seized from the debtor, nor even a salary or bank account”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

www.portugalresident.com/portugal’s-justice-system-“declares-amnesty-on-300000-debts”
« Last Edit: July 14, 2015, 05:59:44 PM by John »
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Offline Admin

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2015, 12:43:32 AM »
PJ opens investigation into suspicions of paedophilia in the Church



17 July 2015



Diocese of Coimbra warned.
By Lusa


The Judicial Police (PJ) will open an investigation into possible cases of paedophilia in the Church after the Diocese of Coimbra has disclosed the existence of suspected abuse of minors by a clergyman.

PJ source told Lusa that the sexual abuse of minors crime "is a public crime, which does not depend on a complaint," and that the Judicial Police "will initiate an investigation" to the case.

According to the same source, so far "we have not reached any denunciation" to the Judiciary Police.

The vicar general of the diocese of Coimbra today called, in a statement, the termination of situations "concrete" of paedophilia in the Church, having appeared "suspicious" of the practice of abuse of minors "by a member of the clergy."

"We are aware of these suspicions in some ways, widely church. We want to safeguard our full transparency," said Father Pedro Carlos Miranda, vicar general of the diocese of Coimbra.

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Offline misty

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #43 on: July 18, 2015, 01:21:26 AM »
http://portugalresident.com/brussels-gets-tough-with-portugal-over-child-sex-abuse-and-porn
Posted by portugalpress on July 16, 2015

 Brussels gets tough with Portugal over child sex-abuse and porn
 
Brussels has told Portugal to shape-up over child sex-abuse and pornography laws. Giving a limit of two months, the EC said today that Portugal’s time is running out. The country should have altered its national legislation in line with a community directive over 18 months ago, but “despite letters notifying to this effect, nothing was done”, Diário de Notícias reports. If Portugal doesn’t get cracking now, the EC threatens it will go to the European Court of Justice. Lumped together for failure to comply with the EC’s directive are five other countries: Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta and Romania, writes DN. The directive sets out to establish minimum penal sanctions for child sex abusers and is designed to make it impossible for “delinquents condemned for child sex crimes” to exercise professional activities that bring them into regular contact with children. Brussels’ stand has coincided with the revelation of yet another “child sex horror” in Portugal, this time in Ovar. According to news reports, a 17-year-old Romanian girl - sold into slavery by her parents - has been found to have been living with a couple who sexually abused her for five years. The girl has told police that she even gave birth to a baby when she was 14 years old which the couple - also Romanian - forced her to give up for adoption. The couple are currently in police custody as investigations continue.
 natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

Offline John

Re: News and current affairs from the Portuguese Algarve.
« Reply #44 on: July 20, 2015, 06:05:26 PM »
David Cameron expected to return to the Western Algarve this August, to a holiday destination he visited in 2013.  On that occasion he rented a private rural villa near the Portuguese town of Aljezur.  This town and the nearby beach of Amoreira feature in the case of missing German boy René Hasée who disappeared from the beach in 1996.



www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3167076/Chillaxing-Cameron-August-great-beleiver-politicians-taking-holidays.html
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