Portugal reimposes virus curbs around Lisbon, leaving some residents feeling “abandoned” | AFP

As fresh coronavirus outbreaks have been declared in and around Lisbon, the Portuguese government has decided to reimpose restrictions in certain peripheral districts starting on July 1st.

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Images of Portugal house where Madeleine McCann suspect lived | AFP

Aerial and ground images show the Portugal house where the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case lived at the time of her disappearance.

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Here’s the latest for Saturday April 25th: NY opens antibody testing; Britain tops 20,000 deaths from coronavirus; WHO: No evidence that recovered virus patients have immunity; Portugal celebrates anniversary of revolution under lockdown.

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In Portugal, two of the world’s largest chimes ring again after nearly 20 years of silence | AFP

After almost 20 years of silence, the 98 bells of the chimes of the basilica of the Palace of Mafra, a baroque monument erected in the 18th century by King John V of Portugal, rang out on Sunday at the end of a year and a half of renovation.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 4th: Trump calls Canada’s Prime Minister ‘two-faced’; House judiciary begins impeachment hearings; Pompeo and Netanyahu meet in Portugal; Kid Rock is out of business in Detroit after comments about Oprah.

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Thunberg urges action at COP25 summit

Greta Thunberg arrived in Lisbon, Portugal on her way to the upcoming COP25 UN climate change conference in Madrid, Spain. The Swedish teen said she plans to keep pressing political leaders to make climate change their top priority. (Dec. 4)

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Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon to attend climate summit in Madrid | AFP

Swedish teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon, Portugal, after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran to attend a UN climate change summit in Madrid. Thunberg, 16, has become the face of young peoples’ demands for climate action and made a point of making the journey back from September’s New York climate summit by sea rather than fuel-guzzling plane. IMAGES

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Polls open in Guinea-Bissau | AFP

Polls open in Guinea-Bissau, the 12 candidates — all men — contesting the election face a country mired in poverty and endemic corruption. Guinea-Bissau has suffered four coups and a string of political assassinations since independence from Portugal in 1974. IMAGES

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Surfer Justine Dupont reacts to record waves in Portugal | AFP

In Nazaré, Portugal, renowned for its gigantic waves, 28-year-old French surfer Justine Dupont surfed one of the biggest waves ever surfed by a woman.

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Surf’s up: French surfer catches huge wave in Portugal | AFP

France’s Justine Dupont surfs her biggest wave off the Portuguese coast of Nazaré, known for its colossal walls of water that attract competitive surfers and competitions every year.

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Portugal’s private firefighters watch over volatile forests | AFP

In most countries protecting forests from fires is exclusively carried out by the state but in Portugal the country’s two biggest pulp and paper firms, Navigator and Altri, set up their own firefighting force in 2002, which sometimes help civil protection units to fight wildfires outside their own private forests. The pulp and paper sector is largest forest owner in Portugal. It controls 150,000 hectares of eucalyptus trees such as those which surround the central town of Constancia and its pulp factory, locoated on the banks of the river Tagus around 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Lisbon.

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Voting begins in Portuguese general election | AFP

Voting gets underway in Portugal’s general election, with outgoing Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s Socialists tipped to win the most votes but without the necessary majority to govern alone. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on South Africa, where experts are working together to create vivid depictions of two recently discovered dinosaurs. And we go to Portugal, which is bucking the trend by trying to attract African refugees to boost the country’s economy.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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From rescue in the Med, to a migrant’s life in Portugal | AFP

Unlike many of its European neighbours Portugal is currently trying to attract refugees, encouraging immigration to boost their workforce and combat a dwindling population.

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LGBT+ Brazilians fearing Bolsonaro flee to Portugal | AFP

Portugal has seen an increase in immigration from Brazilians who fear repression from the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro is outspoken in opposing homosexuality. In an interview with Playboy in June 2011 he said he would rather his son ‘die in an accident’ than be gay.

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Portugal firefighters still battling against wildfires | AFP

Portuguese firefighters continue to battle wildfires in a central region where dozens of people were killed in huge blazes in 2017, as fears mount that strong winds could cause the remaining flames to spread. IMAGES

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Nearly 2,000 firefighters battle forest fires in central Portugal | AFP

Firefighters desperately battle wildfires as flames advance near the Portuguese town of Macao. Some 1,700 firefighters and 400 vehicles have been deployed in one of the biggest mobilisations ever seen in the area where 100 people died in huge blazes in 2017.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, July 21: Pompeo happy with progress on Mexico immigration enforcement; Iran releases video of seized tanker; U.S. accuses Venezuela of aggression over Caribbean; Wildfires in Portugal.

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Corruption frustrates hemp producers in Portugal

Since medical Cannabis companies have been heavily favored by the Portuguese government, it is possible that they managed to influence the bureaucracy to blockage hemp. This is not such an unreasonable assumption when considering that Ângelo Correia, co-founder of the PSD and ex-Minister of internal affairs has 40% shares of @TerraVerde (a medical Cannabis company from Israel) (Source dn.pt) or Jaime Gama, former president of the General Assembly is consultant to @Tilray Portugal, a branch of a Canadian medical Cannabis company (Source: publico.pt). What would be the reason of connecting such ‘advocates’ with political connections to your business if not for those reasons? And given Portugal’s current state of affairs when it comes to corruption, the idea might not be too far fetched. The Portugal Corruption Report of GAN – an anti-corruption organisation) states:
“While the country has made significant progress in the past decade, recurring corruption scandals involving high-level politicians, local administrators, and businesses abusing public funds have revealed that safeguards to counter corruption, and abuses of power have been somewhat inefficient in Portugal.” (Source ganintegrity.com)

But why should medical Cannabis industries have an interest in blocking industrial hemp? The explanation is simple. Conditions for the plant are good in Portugal, if not to say excellent. The medical Cannabis companies want to make as much money as possible by saving operation cost. The cheapest way to grow is in the field, outdoors. Why is that a problem with industrial hemp around? Because the industrial hemp could pollinate the medical crops, causing seeds to appear in their feminized crops, costing them money. Of course the problem could be solved by growing in greenhouses with appropriate filters. This way hemp and medical Cannabis could coexist peacefully. Obviously it would be cheaper to pull some strings in the back.

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A procession of flowered crowns crosses the Portuguese city of the Knights Templar | AFP

More than 700 young women dressed in white with paper flower crowns braided around loaves of bread on their heads, march in Tomar, the city of the Knights Templar in central Portugal.

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