Archive for 2019

MAI willing to “solve police problems”, but promises do not cancel planned demonstration

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Lisbon, 14 Nov 2019 (Lusa) – The Minister of Internal Affairs (MAI) said today “available to talk” and to “solve a set of issues” related to the PSP and the GNR, and does not invalidate the joint demonstration planned for 21 November.

Eduardo Cabrita had a first meeting in this legislature today, where he was reappointed as Minister of Internal Affairs, with the Association of Police Professionals (ASPP / PSP), Independent Union of Police Officers (SIAP), Union of Police Professionals (SPP), the Unified Public Security Police Union (SUP) and the National Union of Police Officers (SNOP), those who “have bargaining power” since the PSP Trade Union Law came into force.

Following the first meeting at MAI in Lisbon, which lasted about an hour and a half, Paulo Rodrigues, president of ASPP / PSP, told reporters that the minister said he was “available to talk and settle a range of issues” and that, including, “made some schedules to discuss some matters” which for unions “are very important.”

“He is ready to schedule in a short time to debate proposals for its resolution, namely those that are the basis of the joint demonstration of PSP and GNR scheduled for November 21”, including the remuneration table, said Paulo Rodrigues.

The union leader said that among the pressing issues were the law that monitors the working conditions, health, hygiene and safety at work of the police, which is a project that comes from the previous legislature and should be implemented as soon as possible.

“With regard to updating supplements or remuneration updating it is also available to do so (…) and there is another solution that has to do with the payment of vacation time supplements that have been withdrawn since 2011,” he said, adding that in 2018 the Supreme Administrative Court considered this cut illegal.

According to Paulo Rodrigues, Eduardo Cabrita said he is available to return these values ​​to the police, in a phased manner, and willing to present a proposal to that effect.

However, the trade union leader considered that these proposals of intention are not yet sufficient to make clear the manifestation of agents of the authority in Lisbon, reiterating that this prime minister and MAI himself during the four years of the legislature had time to analysze and study problems and that now is the time to act as soon as possible.

“We are available to talk and find solutions, but it has to be as soon as possible,” he said.

As for the demonstration on the 21st, focusing on the Marquês do Pombal, in Lisbon, and parade to São Bento, convened by ASPP / PSP and the Guard Association of GNR (APG / GNR), but which already has support From other trade union and associative structures, such as the so-called Zero Movement and whose composition is unknown, Paulo Rodrigues expressed the desire and the conviction that “it will be peaceful” and “very participated”, as there is much dissatisfaction within the Security Forces.

“We want the strength of this demonstration to be due to the quantity of PSP and GNR elements present and not for something already mentioned that there may be changes in public order. What we want is for the manifestation to run with all possible reason. We entered it rightly, with reasons to do it, and we want it to be completed for the same reason that led us to do it, ”he said.

Judicial Police dismantled organization that recruited women for convenience marriages

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

The Judicial Police (PJ) have detained three members of an international criminal organization responsible for the illegal introduction of immigrants into Portugal and Europe, which recruited women for convenience marriages, it was announced on Saturday 9th November.

“Relevant evidence, mainly of a documentary nature, was seized and three persons suspected of being linked to this international criminal structure, specialized in recruiting women for marriages of convenience , were arrested” according to the PJ”.

According to the police, detainees are between 28 and 30 years old and it was the National Counterterrorism Unit (UNCT) that carried out search and arrest warrants and arrest warrants

PSP seize weapons and drugs in operation in Lisbon neighbourhoods

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Lisbon’s PSP seized several weapons this week, from shotguns, sabres, slashes and daggers, in three Lisbon neighbourhoods, where some people live in “scenarios of extreme violence,” the Metropolitan Command said on 10th November.

Last Thursday 7th November, PSP carried out a special crime prevention operation in the Lisbon parishes of Beato, Marvila and Penha de França.

The operation was based on “a series of firearms disorders and aggressions in the vicinity of specific neighbourhoods of these Lisbon parishes, focusing on the detection of firearms, ammunition, their components and other prohibited material under the Arms Law”, announced PSP press office today.

Police carried out more than 20 home and non-home searches that resulted in the seizure of a wide-barrelled shotgun, a carbine and two air-rifle guns for sport shooting.

Four sabres, one rattle and eight daggers were seized, as well as more than half a hundred rounds of ammunition and about two thousand air pellets.

PSP also found 38 doses of hashish and a mill with cocaine residues, according to the statement sent to newsrooms.

Under this operation, the police detained two people, and under a “pending warrant of arrest and conducting the prison for serving a two-year prison sentence” for drug trafficking.

Three other people were constituted as defendants and were subject to identity and residence for possession of firearms, ammunition and components.

PSP believes that “in addition to the objective results already listed, it will have been able to reinforce the security levels of the population living in these residential areas”.

Portugal: Diesel crisis ends in Flores, Corvo

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Ponta Delgada, Portugal, Nov. 8, 2019 (Lusa) – As of Friday, the government of the Azores has decided to put an end to the energy crisis concerning diesel fuel on the islands of Flores and Corvo following the recent passage of hurricane Lorenzo through the archipelago.

In a press release, the regional government pointed out that order 1593/2019 of 3 October, amended by order 1757/2019 of 31 October, which declared the situation of energy crisis in the islands of Flores and Corvo, will be updated and republished shortly in the state journal

“The amendment, which takes effect from today [Friday], determines the end of the energy crisis on Flores and Corvo, concerning road diesel and coloured and marked diesel used in agriculture and fisheries,” it said.

The decision is because it is now possible to supply Flores with 363,000 litres of diesel, leaving the island with a current stock of 600,000 litres.

This supply, which began on Monday afternoon and ended on Wednesday afternoon, was only possible due to the intervention of the tugboat “Pêro de Teive”, owned by the public company Portos dos Açores, which helped the ship “São Jorge”, carrying out the transfer of fuel to the island, in an exceptional operation.

The energy crisis continues only for petrol.

During the passage of “Lorenzo” through the Azores in early October, 255 occurrences were recorded, and 53 people had to be relocated.

The passage destroyed the port of Lajes das Flores, which put the supply to the Western group at risk.

In total, the bad weather caused damage of about €330 million, according to the Azores regional government.

On 14 October, the region’s president, Vasco Cordeiro, requested financial assistance from the state and the activation of the European Union Solidarity Fund.

A week later, the Portuguese government said that it would cover 85% of the damage and speed up procedures to restore the destroyed infrastructure.

The announcement was made by Vasco Cordeiro, in Lisbon, after a meeting with the prime minister, António Costa, and with the ministers of economy and planning, Pedro Siza Vieira and Nelson de Souza, respectively.

According to Vasco Cordeiro, at the meeting, the government assumed without reservation the duty of solidarity with the Azores, as had been requested by the regional government.

On Friday, the governor has scheduled a hearing in Lisbon with the prime minister.

 

A Terra Treme – National Seismic Risk Awareness Exercise November 15 at 11:15 pm

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

A Tera Treme – National Seismic Risk Awareness Exercise November 15 at 11:15 pm

The National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) will hold the 7th edition of the national seismic risk awareness exercise, called A TERRA TREME (www.aterratreme.pt) on 15th November at 11:15 am ).

The exercise TERRA TREME is promoted annually by ANEPC, in partnership with the Directorate General of Education (DGE) and the Directorate General of School Establishments (DGEsTE), and aims to empower the population to know how to act before, during and after earthquake, namely that it knows preventive measures and self-protection behaviours to be adopted to protect itself.

The exercise itself comprises the practice of 3 simple gestures that can make a difference to those who practice them in the event of an earthquake. The action takes place during 1 minute, in which participants, individually or collectively (families, schools, companies, public, private or associative institutions), perform the 3 self-protection gestures: Download – Protect – Wait.

In addition to the school age population, whose adherence to the initiative has been significant, ANEPC has the goal of successively widening, year after year, the reflection and debate on the theme of seismic risk and the participation in this initiative to other sectors of civil society. To this end, we consider it strategic to involve organizations – public, private and associative – in this collective purpose, seeking to this end to join efforts and extract synergies from the whole of society, so that individual and collective degrees of resilience are achieved.

Although the exercise has national expression, ANEPC will hold, in coordination with DGE and DGEstE, a main event at Sebastião e Silva Secondary School, in Oeiras, located at Rua do Liceu 61.

Throughout the country, District Relief Operations Commands (CDOS) will, in partnership with local communities, fire associations, municipal civil protection services, other civil protection agents and schools, promote awareness raising on seismic risk and self-protection measures to cope with it, as well as streamline the implementation of the A TERRA TREME Exercise, at a date and time agreed for that purpose.

In the context of the TERRA TREME Exercise, ANEPC created:

Digital The digital website www.aterratreme.pt, where information about the Exercise and dissemination resources can be obtained;

 The hashtag #aterratreme designed to identify personal / institutional publications related to the initiative on social networks.

ANEPC proposes to all citizens, in addition to participating in the exercise itself, the following actions:

Individual Individual and / or Institution registration on the digital website (www.aterratreme.pt/subscribe);

 Response to a survey aimed at assessing the degree of perception of seismic risk (www.aterratreme.pt/inquiry);

 Conduct an evacuation exercise based on an earthquake scenario on 15-11-2019, preferably at 11:15 am, the date and time chosen for the exercise TERRA TREME;

 Holding an awareness session on preventive measures and self-protection behaviours to be adopted in the event of an earthquake;

 Disclosure on the website and other digital media of the respective institution, the initiative (in the form of banners, email signatures, etc.);

 Dissemination of the allusive exercise video spot (available on the digital site).

ANEPC, DGE and DGEsTE invite citizens and entities to register at www.aterratreme.pt as a demonstration of their personal / institutional commitment to the cause of safety and security, and as a means of public support and expression.

World Tsunami Day

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

On 5th November 2019, the World Tsunami Awareness Day is promoting the “Sendai Seven Campaign” which focuses on reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

Tsunamis are rare events, but can be extremely deadly.  In the past 100 years, 58 of them have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 per disaster, surpassing any other natural hazard. The highest number of deaths in that period was in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. It caused an estimated 227,000 fatalities in 14 countries, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand hardest-hit.

Over 700 million people live in low-lying coastal areas and Small Island Developing States exposed to extreme sea-level events including tsunamis (IPCC).

Tsunami is a series of giant waves. In Japanese, tsunami means ‘Harbour Wave’. A wave is created when energy passes through water. Moving air or wind provides energy to water, forming regular waves.

While on the ocean floor, when a tectonic plate suddenly slides beneath the other, the resulting earthquake releases tremendous amount of energy. This energy spreads outward from the point of earthquake, triggering waves that can form tsunami. Initially, these waves are small in size but they travel at great speeds. However, when the waves approach the shore, the rising seabed obstructs the energy of waves. This slows down the speed of waves. But the energy flux must remain constant leading to an increase in height of the waves, thus resulting in tsunami.

Volunteer Bombeiros attacked at Borba Fire Station

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Borba Volunteer Firefighters were attacked and beaten early on Saturday within their own headquarters by a group of “about 20 people”. Two persons were injured.

According to Fire Commander Joaquim Branco, “around 0.30 hrs, a group of about 20 Roma people went to the station to make an alleged distress call for a person who was unconscious, but was not”. “Firefighters asked if they had called 112, but they said “no” nor had to do it, and what they required was help for a situation that did not really match the initial information.”

After responding that the Integrated Emergency Medical System had to be informed and activated, one of the group “punched a fire fighter” and, after the firemen closed the door, the attackers broke the windows, and through various items at another firefighter.

The group then broke into the barracks and chased other volunteers who fled and hid. Only after the GNR were called and responded through a patrol in the Évora district, and a car from the PSP Intervention Corps, did the attackers leave.  The two firefighters were treated at Estremoz Health Centre. The GNR stayed in place to control the situation.

Although the injuries were “not serious,” the firefighters were “very psychologically affected,” the commander said. The picket that remained for the rest of the night in the barracks was accompanied by a GNR patrol. No one has yet been identified or arrested.

he commander also revealed that some security-enhancing measures will be taken, namely “raising alert levels, coordinating with the Republican National Guard, notably Borba’s post, with the aim of providing sufficient support for situations that prove to be worrying ” because” there have been more situations, but not with such seriousness. ”

 

Roads with new road signs and information from April 2020

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Lisbon, 22 Oct 2019 (Lusa) – New traffic and information signs, particularly to indicate areas of residence and traffic of vehicles with reduced pollutant emissions, will enter into force in April 2020.

The new regulation creates traffic signals indicating zones of residence or coexistence of vehicles and pedestrians, as well as zones of reduced emissions, where only cleaner vehicles can circulate.

Signs of danger include approaching a passage for cycling, warning that the track may be crossed by Iberian lynx and amphibians.

Already in the new signs of obligation we highlight those that indicate a compulsory road for motorcycles and a road reserved for vehicles with high occupancy rate.

Warning signs are also provided on road pavements of speed limits in places where “special hazard situations may occur”, in addition to existing vertical signs, in particular indicating a ban on driving above 30 kms per hour.

As for road markings, their dimensions have been introduced with a view to “their uniformity”.

“In response to social developments, new information signs, new tourist, geographical, ecological and cultural indication symbols are introduced, as well as new tables with the graphic representation of the signals of drivers, traffic regulators and the graphic representation of light signals. ”, Stresses the regulatory decree.

In the most significant changes made since 1998, traffic signals, traffic signals and drivers are distinguished, “making it clear that traffic signals include temporary signs and comprise vertical signs, markings road signs and traffic lights “.

The revision of the traffic signalling regulation aims “to improve and update road signs in accordance with the Road Code” and are in line with the National Strategic Road Safety Plan – PENSE 2020.

Amendments to the traffic signalling regulations, indicate that as of April 1, 2020, no new signs may be placed that do not comply with the rules now approved.

According to the Decree Regulation, road signs which do not comply with the amendments remain valid until they are replaced by the new signs now published and must be replaced by 1 January 2030.

Infarmed suspends two distributors for illegal export and serious irregularities

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Tthe National Authority for Medicines and Health Activities (Infarmed) has suspended the license to two distributors for illegal export of a drug and for “serious irregularities” in drug distribution activity and has filed nine infringement proceedings.

In a note sent to the Lusa agency,  Infarmed also says it has 10 other cases with additional investigations underway.

One of the distributors who had his license suspended was identified to market a medicine to the intra-Community market when it had been banned for public health reasons. The other had several serious irregularities during the distribution activity.

Infarmed recalls that since August, when the new legislation came into force that only allows exports of medicines to Europe if the Portuguese market is stocked, to avoid ruptures in pharmacies, 173 inspections have been made to several entities.

Among the entities inspected were 56 laboratories, 25 wholesale distributors and 92 pharmacies, covering mainly 157 medicines.

The National Medicines Authority explains that, among the various irregularities, it identified non-supply or unfair supply by pharmaceutical industry laboratories in situations of stock and non-fulfillment of pharmacy orders even when stock was available. medicines concerned in the stores of wholesale distributors.

It was also detected “the communication of faults to the National Association of Pharmacies (ANF), electronically, despite the existence, in some cases, a significant number of packages in stock in pharmacies,” explains the note.

Infarmed underlines that it has been developing various inspection and market surveillance actions, already in accordance with the new legal framework, “in order to verify the availability of medicines and to verify the fulfillment of the supply and dispensation obligations by the circuit entities. of the medicine ”.

Cited in the statement, Infarmed president Rui Santos Ivo points out that the problem is complex and “affects all European countries”, and the Medicines Authority “is doing everything to combat this phenomenon”.

“Infarmed will continue to act incisively to preserve the Portuguese’s confidence in the drug circuit and its stakeholders,” says the official.

 

 

New system will signal potential victims and perpetrators of domestic violence

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The Government wants to “stop the scourge of domestic violence” and proposes in the Government Program presented today “to develop an integrated signalling system for potential victims and aggressors”.

Government  proposes to promote the integrated action of the education system, the health system, the police, the judiciary and other agents and to focus on primary prevention, particularly in schools, universities and health services, in order to avoid dating violence and all forms of gender violence.

Thus, it promises “to expand the National Domestic Violence Victims Support Network to ensure full coverage of the national territory, while offering increasingly specialized responses to the various cases of domestic and gender violence.

In the program released on Saturday 26th October, the Government outlines the creation of a ”single point of contact for victims of domestic violence, where it is possible to address all issues, with guarantees of privacy and ensuring the monitoring and protection of victims”. .

“Unifying the Domestic Violence Database by establishing an information processing system that is based on a global and integrated view on homicides and other forms of violence against women and domestic violence” is another intention.

The Government admits “to consider the possibility, in the current constitutional framework, and through the analysis of comparative experiences, to realize an integrated judicial approach regarding the decision of criminal, tutelary and promotion and protection cases concerning the commission of crimes against victims. particularly vulnerable, in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Expert Group on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ”.

In the document, the Government also devotes a chapter to combating all forms of discrimination and strengthening the fight against racism and xenophobia and will create “an observatory of racism and xenophobia, as well as“ institutionally empowering the fight against racial discrimination in treatment. of migration issues ”

“Combat the direct and indirect segregation of Afro-descendant children and Roma children within the education system”, “create incentives to support young people from the Roma community for the continuation of their education in the 3rd cycle and secondary education, observing equality of gender ”are other intentions.

The Government also intends to “develop, within the framework of the 1st Law program, specific initiatives to support the integration and access of Roma and Afro-descendant communities to housing, in order to counteract phenomena of ethnic-racial ghettoization and to eradicate“ camps ”. and non-classical housing zones that exist throughout the country. ”

It also wants to “counteract the effects of residential segregation by promoting integrated resettlement initiatives and the provision of public services, particularly education, of heterogeneous territorial scope”.