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Omicron variant: Portugal has 34 confirmed cases as of last night, all either asymptomatic or showing 'light symptoms of Covid-19'. South African doctor who 'discovered' mutation argues "if as evidence suggests Omicron turns out to be fast-spreading, with mild symptoms for majority who catch it, this would be useful step on road to herd immunity..."

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Twin newborns discovered dead in apartment in Cascais

Twin newborns were found dead in an apartment in Cascais yesterday evening. One of the babies was found “in a garbage bag”, writes Correio da Manhã tabloid; another on top of a bed. The mother appears to have given birth in the apartment alone. It was the who raised the alarm. Says...

“If vaccine uptake continues as it is, there is no need to make jabs mandatory…”

Health secretary António Lacerda Sales has said that if people keep turning up for vaccinations against Covid-19 as they are at the moment, there...

President Marcelo official dissolves parliament: elections in eight weeks time

President Marcelo has officially dissolved parliament today, ahead of elections on January 30. The result is that the government will continue to run the country...

Specialists speak out against “exaggerated focus on virus infections”

Speclialists are speaking out against the “exaggerated focus” on infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Here in Portugal, virologist Pedro Simas argues the virus has become...

Portugal’s pension system ‘unsustainable’: extra public funding will be needed

“If Portugal wants to maintain the level of generosity of its social State in the future, there will need to be substantial changes”. This is...

New Year’s Eve events cancelled – councils say new measures prove “too restrictive”

Local councils across Portugal have started cancelling or heavily “adapting” their planned New Year’s celebrations due to the new Covid-19 containment measures which came...
David Thomas

10 years since the forming of Portugal’s first crime prevention association assisting the foreign community

The early years - Part 1 It doesn’t seem like it was 10 years ago that I formed Safe Communities Algarve as it was then. Some...
Ria Van Doorn

Finding your tribe: making connections as an expat

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you...
Dan Henderson

Investing responsibly – earning returns while helping the environment and society

The news was dominated recently by the COP26 meeting in Glasgow and the environmental issues affecting the planet and our daily lives. It came...
Joe Mountain

What guests want from their Algarve villa holiday

Here in the Algarve, it has been a year of reflection and looking ahead to a brighter 2022. It has been great to welcome...

Algarve’s Quinta dos Vales – The Dream Setting for any Destination Wedding

The romantics out there know the feeling, when you are planning your wedding you can already feel the sun that is going to shine on your face on the day. It may be colder and damper now in November, but sitting by the warmth of a fireplace can invoke...

Zoomarine launches Christmas campaign with 25% discounts

Guia theme park Zoomarine has launched a Christmas campaign offering 25% discounts on entrance tickets, Dolphin Emotions experiences, gift vouchers and the Zoomarine Annual Pass. The campaign will run until January 17. The theme park is currently closed for holidays until April 12, 2022, but you can take advantage of...

New Covid-19 variant shakes the currency market

Sponsored Content The winter months are upon us, and once again Covid-19 can’t help but stick its ugly nose into the picture. First discovered in Southern...

Feel the magic of Christmas at Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago resort is promising a magical Christmas for visitors and guests with special discounts and a wealth of fun-filled events, including four...

Employment data and workers’ rights: is Portugal setting an example for the rest of Europe?

Sponsored content Europe has been shocked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Restrictions, lockdowns and uncertainty resulted in massive job losses across the continent. But as the world...

All that glitters is…gold! Talk by numismatist Dr Aleksandar Brzic for Algarve Archaeological Association

The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures on Tuesday, December 7, in English, by numismatist Dr Aleksandar Brzic. The first lecture...

Pet corner – December, a time for reflection

December … the month of lists, things to buy, things to do! The end of one year, the dawn of another. This is a...

“Vaccinate, certificate, participate” – The Great Pretenders play at São Brás Museum

Observing the latest rules associated with Covid 19, new safety precautions are being brought into action. A vaccination certificate is needed in order to...

Happy Bears spreading Christmas cheer

Members of Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) started crafting ‘Happy Bears’ at home during lockdown and have continued since. RCEPI is now asking...

Fun fine dining at Alameda

Elevating the Algarve’s finest ingredients, chef Rui Sequeira offers a new concept that proves that fine dining can be a relaxed affair White tablecloths, serious-looking...

French pâtisserie in Loulé

Croissants, baguettes, brioche buns and tartlets are just a few of the delicacies selling out every day at L’Atelier Gourmet Liliana Varela and Stephane da...

Here we go…Again!

Global data trends show that the pandemic is not over yet. We are, once again, at the epicentre. The actual reality Europe is facing a real...

The December 2021 Night Sky

Welcome to the December night sky. The dark cold nights of this month are ideal for observing the many meteor showers we have in...

Latest Covid restrictions on Madeira Island

Dear Editor, Our little island of Madeira, which has been one of the easiest places to be throughout the pandemic so far, has just put...

Caldas da Rainha – a queen’s legacy

Since Greek and Roman times, man has known about the health benefits of thermal waters and one of my favourite things is to go...