Murphy has his revenge

Shaun Murphy lifted the winner’s trophy in the first grand final of the World Series of Snooker held at Portimão Arena on Sunday, May 10, and pocketed a cheque for 50,000 euros.

Over three days, some of the biggest names in the world of snooker took to the table in Portimão, including Steve Davis, Ken Doherty and Jimmy White, but it was the final fans had been hoping for with Murphy facing John Higgins on Sunday evening.

John Higgins took away a cheque for 25,000 euros as runner-up and as co-promoter of the World Series of Snooker, thanked everyone who had made the stay in Portugal so enjoyable.

Residents praise blood drive initiative

More than 25 people attended a blood drive initiative organised by the Algarve Resident, together with the regional blood donor association (ADSBA) at Apolónia supermarket in Almancil on May 27.

The majority of blood donors on the day were foreign residents who said they were pleased with the Algarve Resident’s initiative to encourage English speakers to give blood.

Mike Smith, a British resident who donated blood on the day, said: “I used to give blood in the UK and I decided to come along today after reading about it in the Algarve Resident.”

For more information about ADSBA and how to give blood, please contact Carla Montes on 282 417 295 or email [email protected].  

Water licenses

Property owners were given another year to register their water resources. The new deadline, which is May 31, 2010, was introduced as a result of the “failure to implement laws passed in 2007 by the national water resource departments”.

Home owners must register all hydric resources such as wells, boreholes, mines, dams and septic tanks that drain into the soil.

A spokesman from the Administração da Região Hidrográfica do Algarve (ARH), the regional water authority, told the Algarve Resident: “The ARH has only started processing applications on October 1, 2008, giving the country only six months to complete the process, despite the law having been passed in 2007.”

He added that the country should have had more than a year to complete the process, which is why a decision has been made to extend the deadlines as ARH offices around the country were overwhelmed by last minute applications.

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