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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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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Meeting between Macron, Sanchez and Costa in Brussels | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa ahead of the EU summit in Brussels. IMAGES

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Free deluxe weddings in Lisbon celebrate the “Saint of Love” | AFP

Crowds gather at a cathedral in Lisbon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds as cameras lie in wait. Then not one, but 11 couples walk out, fresh from tying the knot in an all-expenses-paid ceremony, the beneficiaries of a decades-long annual tradition that fetes the Portuguese capital’s beloved patron Saint Anthony, matchmaker extraordinaire.

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How a Brit got Asia to fall for Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts | AFP

With their flaky pastry casing, creamy custard filling and brulee topping, Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts are as much of a part of the Chinese enclave’s fabric as its casinos — but their origin is surprisingly British.

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Malaysia fights to save centuries-old creole | AFP

Sara Santa Maria runs weekly classes at her home in Malacca to ensure that the younger generation learn “Papia Kristang”, a centuries-old creole spoken by people of mixed Portuguese and Malaysian ancestry but which is now in danger of dying out.

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