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« on: December 26, 2019, 03:45:46 pm »
« edited: January 01, 2020, 02:47:23 pm by Mike88 »

The Portugal's politics and election thread is dedicated to all policy and election info in the country, and in this thread, general events, with policy intent and not, crimes, financial and others, and outright weird stuff will be posted. We maybe a small country of 10,3 million people but really weird, and unexpected, stuff happens here. Wink

Today, December 26th, this story broke:



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Credito Agrícola subsidized wife of bank CEO to ensure "emotional stability".
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Since 2016, Crédito Agrícola (CA) has paid more than 2000 euros per month to the Group President's wife. Licínio Pina claims that his wife guaranteed him emotional stability, but the payment was suspended after a controversy triggered by anonymous letters involving the Bank of Portugal.
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2019, 05:56:17 pm »
« Edited: January 01, 2020, 02:48:08 pm by Mike88 »

Massive floods near Coimbra start to decrease but recovery could last months:


Satelite view of the floods.


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Despite the "clear signs of improvement and decrease in the degree of risk" evidenced by Carlos Luís Tavares, with "less flow and less intensity", the operational commander warned that the risk of flood continues.

The effects of the bad weather, which have been felt since Wednesday, (December 18) have already caused two deaths and one missing, leaving 144 people homeless and 352 displaced as a precaution, with over 11 600 occurrences, mostly floods and tree falls. .
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 02:03:08 pm »
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Despite Brexit, Portuguese emigration to the UK is growing again:


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Brexit not halting rise of emigration to the UK.

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The number of Portuguese workers who emigrated to the UK between September 2018 and the same month this year has increased by 27%, according to British Social Security data reported this Friday by the Jornal de Notícias. There were 23,570 people, 5,076 more than in the previous year.

Statistics now indicate that, despite the imminent departure of the country from the European Union, emigration continues to grow. Speaking to Jornal de Notícias, Rui Pena Pires, president of the Emigration Observatory, predicts that the Portuguese departure to the United Kingdom should grow again by 15% in 2019, contrary to the 50% reduction that had suffered last year - the lowest value of the decade.

Still, the sociologist explains that the numbers point to a stabilization of emigration to the United Kingdom. Although Portugal remains the country of the European Union that most emigrates to that country - and the third in the world - "the emigration curve is already starting to point towards stabilization, which will always happen at a higher level than before. of the crisis", predicts Rui Pena Pires to the Jornal de Notícias.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 12:01:16 pm »
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Lithium exploration may start in the first months of 2020:



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The minister of environment and climate action was convinced that lithium exploration in the country could start in the first quarter of 2020, following the approval of a decree that makes clear "the new environmental requirements".

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For João Matos Fernandes, lithium exploration "is a great opportunity for Portugal" and it is necessary to "combine all this into a new legal framework".

The government wants to set up a lithium and battery industry cluster in 2020 and will launch a public tender for lithium prospection rights in nine areas of the country.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 02:46:27 pm »

Abortion rates fell 28% since 2011:


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Fewer pregnancy terminations by woman's choice in 2018

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According to the document, entitled 'Report on Pregnancy Interruption Records - 2018', last year 14,928 pregnancies were carried out under article 142 of the Penal Code, which provides for five grounds for exclusion of illegality. The one with the highest number of miscarriages was "by choice of women up to 10 weeks" with 14,306 cases, which corresponds to 95.83% of the total.

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The DGS points out in its concluding remarks that "the total number of terminations of pregnancy and the number of women choosing to choose during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy are both decreasing since 2011, both when considering absolute numbers and when considers the female population resident in Portugal ".

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"The number of interruptions carried out on national territory, when compared to other European countries, has always been below the European average", is another of the report's conclusions.

Regarding the distribution of cases of voluntary interruptions by health regions and area of residence of women, this report reveals that these are more frequent in the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (58.8%) and in the North (19.9% ).

As for the age group that had the most pregnancies, the report says, "it is still 20/24 years old, with a record of 1,260 interruptions per 100,000 women. This is followed by the group of women aged 25-29 (1,230 per 100,000).

In terms of age, the DGS also points out that in 2018 approximately 56% of pregnancies in children under 15 ended in interruption, a percentage that was 40% in pregnancies between 15 and 19 years.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2020, 12:09:09 pm »

Renewable energy provided 51% of all consumed energy in 2019:


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From December 18 to 23, there was a 131-hour period in which renewable energy production surpassed national consumption. This is the longest period this has ever happened.

Renewable energy provided 51% of all electricity in Portugal during 2019. The strike in Sines coal plant was a factor, but it's still a huge landmark. During 2019, energy was provided by the following:

32% Natural gas
27% Wind power
17% Hydroelectric
10% Coal
  5% Biomass
  2% Sun power
  7% Imported energy

Coal energy production fell to lowest rate ever and wind power achieved the highest rate ever.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2020, 08:06:42 am »

Problems in the NHS: Three cases of violence against doctors in less than a week.


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In the midst of chaos, it only takes a spark.

Three cases of violent attacks on doctors within a week sounded the alarms, but per month there are over 100 episodes of violence against health professionals.

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It was ten minutes of panic in the office until the hospital policeman broke down the door. Inside, a female doctor and her husband - also a doctor and someone she called for help - found themselves trapped by a sick person after a four-hour wait to be seen at the emergency room of St. Bernard's Hospital, where days before another doctor had been beaten.

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This last case in Setúbal happened on the same day that a doctor, who was doing complementary care at the Moscavide health center, was beaten by a 21-year-old man who saw his medical leave not renewed, as it expired a few days earlier.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2020, 08:47:05 am »

Marches across the country after the assassination of a Cape Verde student in Braganza city last December:


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In silence, hundreds of people honored Giovani in Terreiro do Paço

Thousands of people participated in marches across the country, the biggest were in Lisbon and Braganza, to honour Luís Giovani, a young man from Cape Verde who was studying in Braganza, after he was stabbed by a group outside a bar in Braganza city. Luís Giovani stayed in a coma until 31 December until he died. The case came to national spotlight after it was found that the police downplayed the case and only started investigating it 11 days after the stabbing. The police is being a accused of incompetence and racism, as, at the same time, another young men was stabbed in Lisbon and that case was solved in days. The case has also created some diplomatic tensions between Portugal and Cape Verde, with Cape Verde authorities demanding a response from the Portuguese police.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2020, 02:27:14 pm »

Number of births increased to almost 87,400 in 2019:


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There were 500 more births last year. Almost a third was in Lisbon

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In 2019, at least 87,364 babies were born in Portugal, 537 more than the previous year and 4,264 more than in 2014, according to data based on the "little foot test", released by the Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute (INSA). Compared to 2018, when 86,827 newborns were studied, under the National Neonatal Screening Program (PNRN), known as the "little foot test", 537 more babies were born, according to data submitted to Lusa.

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Lisbon was the district with the most "little foot test" performed (26,281), followed by Porto (15,701) and Setúbal (6,723), as the advanced data report shows to the Lusa agency. Portalegre (621), Bragança (629) and Braga (697) were the districts with the least tests performed in 2019, (...).

The months with the highest number of tests were October (8,516), followed by January (8,291) and August (7,599).

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The National Early Diagnostic Program (PNDC), better known as the "little foot test", started in 1979 to diagnose children suffering from genetic diseases who may benefit from early treatment, preventing the occurrence of mental retardation, serious illness. irreversible and even death.

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Although not mandatory, the National Neonatal Screening Program currently has a coverage rate of 99.5%, with an average treatment initiation time of 9.9 days.
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2020, 05:51:55 pm »

Immigration to Portugal reaches a record high in 2019: 580,000.


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Portugal has over half a million immigrants.

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Foreigners residing in Portugal exceeded 500,000 last year, which happened "for the first time in the country's history," the minister of internal affairs announced today in Parliament.

"Preliminary data led us to say that in 2019, for the first time in our history, the barrier of half a million foreign citizens residing in Portugal has been crossed," said Eduardo Cabrita as part of the special discussion at the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, of the State budget for 2020.

According to the minister, 580,000 foreign citizens resided in Portugal at the end of last year and, in 2018, that number was 490,000. The  minister also stressed that the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) went from 35,000 to 135,000 new residence permits, comparing 2015 to 2019.
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2020, 05:44:58 pm »

Interesting article:

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2020, 07:57:12 am »

Portuguese football league asks for an emergency meeting with the government after several torches were thrown in Sporting Stadium during the Sporting-Benfica match:


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Football - Torches interrupt game and extinguish Sporting in the derby against rival Benfica

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The League of Clubs requested an urgent meeting from the Minister of Internal Affairs after the incident with torches, smoke pots and petards that invaded the pitch of the José Alvalade Stadium during this Friday's derby between Sporting and Benfica. The game was stopped for five minutes at the beginning of the second half because a rain of pyrotechnic devices fell on the lawn (and on the benches), burning up part of the field.

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The League also says that it will demand "more rigorous and effective" magazines from supporters at the entrance to the stadiums, so as to "definitively end the entry of dangerous and prohibited objects in sports venues". Meanwhile, Pedro Proença intends to analyze the incidents with pyrotechnic devices with the Minister of Internal Affairs in order to "find effective measures to combat this scourge".
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2020, 06:16:15 pm »
« Edited: January 19, 2020, 06:21:18 pm by Mike88 »

Luanda Leaks: International investigation on the wealth of Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former Angolan leader José Eduardo dos Santos, involves highprofile politicians, business leaders, banks and law practices in Portugal.

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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2020, 02:33:29 pm »
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Luanda leaks: Executive banker close to Isabel dos Santos found dead in his home in Lisbon.


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A senior manager at a Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos, the Angolan businesswoman at the centre of the Luanda Leaks scandal, has been found dead in Lisbon.

The death of Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, was confirmed by police hours after the banker was named alongside Dos Santos and three other individuals as a suspect in a criminal investigation in Angola into alleged embezzlement at the state oil company, Sonangol.

The national director of Portugal's judicial police, Luis Neves, said preliminary reports indicated Ribeiro da Cunha's death was suicide and that nobody else was involved. He told reporters his staff were prepared to help with the Angolan corruption investigation whenever a formal request is made.

Things are getting weird...
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2020, 09:03:40 am »

Problems in the suburbs of Lisbon: Black women says she was beaten by a police officer with no reason, while the bus driver who accused her of resusing to show her daughter' transport pass is also beaten by someone.

This case dominated headlines this week. A video of a police officer beating a black woman in Amadora city, suburb of Lisbon, sparked controversy. The police said it was called after a woman refused to show her daughter's bus pass to the driver and, after the police arrived, she insulted the police, while the woman's version is that the police started to beat her violently and she had to bite the arm of the police officer in order not to choke.


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Portugal - Driver, who reported woman to PSP in Amadora, beaten.

The woman is charged of assaulting a police officer, but the Internal Affair Ministry has open an investigation into the case. Now, the driver of the bus was beaten in the head by someone and was sent to hospital.


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Chega considers police action in relation to women in Amadora "legitimate"

This case has also motivated political reactions. CHEGA leader, André Ventura says the police actions were legitimate and accused many people of being against the police forces just because of their paranoia towards racism. A police union is also in the middle of this controversy, after posting on social media a facebook post in which they hoped the police officer, who was bitten by the woman, "didn't contract any illness". The post was later deleted.
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2020, 05:48:16 pm »

General strike of public workers against the government's 2020 budget wage increases of just 0.3%:


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Hospitals, schools and government services were closed or, in some cases, working in half as public workers went on strike to protest the government's 2020 budget wage proposal for public workers, a 0.3% increase in wages. Many schools across the country were shut down for the day, as well many government services, and in many hospitals, minimum services were activated. The strike is supported by the two major unions in Portugal, CGTP (close to the PCP) and UGT (close to the PS).
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2020, 10:12:36 am »

Coronovirus scare: Although just a scare, the hospitalization in São João hospital revealed weaknesses in the health aid in Portugal:


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The Italian businessman who was in Felgueiras and who was admitted to the São João Hospital, in Porto, this Friday is not infected with the coronavirus. The analyzes were negative, but the hospitalization process revealed weaknesses in the relief system in Portugal.

The 62-year-old patient waited a total of five hours before being transported by an INEM team to the Infectious Diseases Unit of Hospital de São João, in Porto, where he was isolated in negative pressure.

None of the employees at the Felgueiras plant, who were in contact with the Italian, were evaluated or transported to the hospital.

The 90 workers all returned home at the end of the day without any control

The businessman, who arrived from China on January 22, should now be re-evaluated by a medical team so that he can be discharged.

So far, Portugal has no confirmed case of coronavirus
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2020, 05:33:56 pm »

First wildfires of the year in Madeira, as temperatures reach almost 30ºC (85ºF) in the islands:


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Madeira fire puts homes at risk

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A forest fire that broke out on Monday in the parish of Ponta do Pargo, west end of Madeira Island, is being tackled by four fire brigades this Tuesday, at a time when the wind makes operations difficult.

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The fire initially broke out at the Lombada Velha site, at 5:16 am on Monday, and since then there have been small outbreaks in various locations in the parish. The hot and dry weather that is felt in Madeira, with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees, has already caused several outbreaks of rural fires all over the island.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2020, 06:55:34 pm »

Venezuela-Portugal tensions: Venezuela accuses TAP Portugal and the Portuguese government of helping  Guaidó and of transporting explosives.


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Maduro accuses TAP of assisting Guaidó and transporting explosives

Caracas accuses the airline of having hidden the identity of Juan Guaidó and allowed the transport of explosives on the flight.

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The Venezuelan Government accuses TAP of violating "international standards", for allowing the transport of explosives and for hiding the identity of the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, on a flight to Caracas.

Venezuelan authorities also accuse the Portuguese ambassador in Caracas, Carlos Sousa Amaro, of interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs, by interceding for Juan Guaidó's uncle, Juan Marquez, who was arrested on Tuesday when he landed on the same TAP flight, accused of carrying explosives.
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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2020, 01:09:48 pm »

Portuguese communities lock horns with lithium miners to save their land
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Signs of change already give him sleepless nights. Hundreds of drill holes across the countryside show where miners want to excavate the land for lithium, a vital ingredient for batteries used in electric cars, smartphones and energy storage.

“If my livelihood is taken away from me, I won’t have a future elsewhere,” said 45-year-old Pires, whose village lies in the municipal district of Boticas.

Pires and his idyllic surrounds are on one of the frontlines of a battle pitting companies eager to exploit Portugal’s 60,000 tonnes of known lithium reserves against locals determined to preserve their rights over the land and stop the exploitation.

It puts the minority government in a tight spot at home. Growing opposition to lithium exploration by local groups, which communally own and manage rural areas, could mean miners reach an impasse and seek government support to expropriate land.

I wish the protestors the best of luck. Can anyone else give us more information on what’s happening?
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« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2020, 02:32:00 pm »

Portuguese communities lock horns with lithium miners to save their land
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Signs of change already give him sleepless nights. Hundreds of drill holes across the countryside show where miners want to excavate the land for lithium, a vital ingredient for batteries used in electric cars, smartphones and energy storage.

“If my livelihood is taken away from me, I won’t have a future elsewhere,” said 45-year-old Pires, whose village lies in the municipal district of Boticas.

Pires and his idyllic surrounds are on one of the frontlines of a battle pitting companies eager to exploit Portugal’s 60,000 tonnes of known lithium reserves against locals determined to preserve their rights over the land and stop the exploitation.

It puts the minority government in a tight spot at home. Growing opposition to lithium exploration by local groups, which communally own and manage rural areas, could mean miners reach an impasse and seek government support to expropriate land.

I wish the protestors the best of luck. Can anyone else give us more information on what’s happening?

The lithium exploration started very badly and it doesn't seem to be going well. The government's reaction to the protests was, and still is, quite arrogant and they aren't explaining to populations the impacts of all the lithium exporation. If the health concerns are real worrisome, the way the company that won the exploration was selected is, let's just say, weird. The company that won the exploration, Lusorecursos Portugal Lithium, S.A, created a new company, 3 days before being selected, in 2018, that only had capital of just 50,000 euros, but won a exploration of around 300 million euros. Not to mention that the headquarters of the new company is a PS led parish building, and the chairman of the company is a PS member. Plus, the selection was made after no environment study was done.

These accusations and schemes are currently being investigated by the police and the DA office, but there's no sign of when the investigations will be over.
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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2020, 08:55:01 pm »

2019 GDP: Economy grows 2% in 2019 as GDP per capita is expected to surpass the 20,000 euros mark for the 1st time.


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The Portuguese economy grew 2.0% in 2019, one tenth above what was estimated by the Government, according to the release of the figures of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) made by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

According to the INE, in the fourth quarter of 2019 the national GDP grew by 2.2% year on year (compared to the same period in 2018) and 0.6% in the chain (compared to the third quarter of 2019).

The figures released by INE are one tenth higher than those estimated by the Government, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Public Finance Council, but are in line with the forecast of the Bank of Portugal and European Commission.
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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2020, 09:00:50 am »

CGTP national congress: Largest workers union in Portugal elects their first female leader.


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Choice was confirmed this morning. Largest union is led for the first time in 50 years by a female leader.

Union leader Isabel Camarinha, a name unknown to most public opinion, but with three decades of union experience, was elected the new general secretary of the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP) early on Saturday.

Her name was voted in the first meeting of the new national council of the union central, having obtained 115 votes in favor among the 147 members of this central body, that is, a support of 78%. There were 25 white votes and one invalid. A minority, the Socialist current had proposed Fernando Gomes as secretary-general, but, unsurprisingly, Isabel Camarinha, of the communist current, was the name appointed by the new executive committee to go to votes in the national council.
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2020, 05:52:04 pm »

Racism controversy during FCPorto-Vitoria SC match as Vitoria fans throw racist slurs at FCPorto player Marega.


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Marega left the field after hearing racist insults coming from the bench in Guimarães.

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Porto striker Moussa Marega had to be restrained by teammates as he tried to walk off the pitch after he was apparently racial abused during his side's 2-1 win over Vitoria de Guimarães. Marega scored what turned out to be the winner on the hour mark but felt unable to continue, his final act was to raise his two middle fingers to the home supporters.

After scoring Porto's second, Marega celebrated his goal by pointing to his skin. In response Vitoria fans aimed abuse and threw seats from the stand at Mali international. Marega even celebrated with one of the discarded plastic seats but then made his way to the side of the pitch, with his thumbs down and seemingly booing the home supporters.

As Marega walked to the touchline, players from both teams attempted to calm down the striker and convince him to stay on the pitch but were unsuccessful. Porto head coach Sérgio Conceição also spoke to Marega but ultimately decided to grant him his wish of leaving the pitch and brought on Wilson Manafá to replace the goalscorer.

There are already several reactions to this incident:

The Government says that those who committed these insults will be punished and that the police is already working to identify the people responsible for the racist slurs.

Political parties have are also reacting condemning the Vitória fans actions. André Ventura, CHEGA leader, however, isn't condemning the actions of Vitória fans.

Catarina Martins, BE:
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I don't follow football, I don't have a club and I rarely follow what goes on at games. But today I adore #Marega, I confess. Racism is not an opinion. It's a crime.

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The racist offensive against Marega in Guimarães, forcing the player to leave, covers Portuguese football with shame.

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In a democratic society, racist attitudes are unacceptable. Racism is a crime. All our solidarity with Marega.
LIVRE demands from Vitória de Guimarães and the League an unequivocal condemnation of these behaviors.

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A country of hypocrisy in which everything is racism and everything immediately deserves a shower of regrets and historical analysis - megalomaniacs. Our problem is not racism. It is hypocrisy. It is the Joacine syndrome that begins to invade mentalities. They won't pass through me "
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2020, 06:01:39 pm »

British tourists in Portugal: Portugal considers subsidising UK tourists' post-Brexit healthcare.



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Portugal is considering offering British tourists subsidised post-Brexit healthcare in an effort to retain their custom in the Algarve, Lisbon and beyond.

It is one of several novel measures being considered by the Portuguese government in an effort to minimise the disruption of Brexit to its economy.

Rita Marques, the tourism minister, said the country was examining a unilateral offer to ensure cover offered by the European health insurance card (Ehic), the EU reciprocal system, can continue if a deal is not struck on it during this year’s trade talks.

She said: "The Portuguese and the UK are the oldest allies in the world and no matter what happens the Portuguese will stand by the British. The British traveller is very important to us.

"We are looking to guarantee this health cover next year. We are currently looking at how often it is used and if it is making a positive impact. We are in the process of testing this and the other ideas right now.

"If these are issues that are important to the British traveller, then we have to go for it. We are trying to minimise the disruption to British tourism."

About 2 million Britons visit Portugal every year. The latest figures show the Algarve is the No 1 destination with 1.2 million British tourists in 2019.
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