Archive for March, 2019

Arrest for Television “Card sharing”

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

The Judicial Police, through the Criminal Investigation Department of Aveiro, have identified and detained an individual aged 40 for aggravated computer crime, illegitimate access, possession and sale of protected equipment, copyright infringement and tax fraud, committed through the “cardharing” method.

The detainee maintained an unlawful structure for the provision of the protected TV services, recruiting customers, selling specially tampered equipment to receive the coded signal, making the access available and receiving the agreed payments. For this purpose the structure comprised servers installed outside the national territory in Germany and Italy.

With this procedure, about four hundred customers illegitimately had access to the paid TV signal without the operators receiving the price due, to the detriment of these and the Public Treasury for the non-settlement of the corresponding tax revenues.

In the course of the searches carried out, relevant evidence was detected, notably a computer system dedicated to the control of the accesses made by the “customers” to the servers dedicated to “Cardsharing” and about three dozen “set-top-boxes”,  of receiving the satellite signal, tampered with to provide access to the protected signal.

The detainee was present to the Judicial Authorities, in the Region of Aveiro, for first judicial interrogation and determination of the appropriate measures of coercion.

Portuguese citizen wins top UK nursing award

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Portugal’s Sílvia Nunes was awarded the UK Care Awards in the category of best nurse for innovation, creativity and attention at work, the organizers announced today.

“Silvia represents the best of nursing in a home environment. She is innovative, creative, and passionate and does everything for the residents, families, and her team. Promoting high quality nursing within their team is a prime example, “Care England said.

National awards were awarded at a ceremony on Friday with more than a thousand nursing and health care professionals in Birmingham who had been winners in their respective regions.

“I did not want to believe when I heard my name, but I felt a huge pride. This award recognizes all the work that I have been developing as a nurse since I arrived in England,” she told Lusa news agency.

The 33-year-old Portuguese nurse from Vila do Conte arrived in the UK in 2014 to look for work in her area because she could not find a job as a nurse in Portugal.

In spite of the initial difficulties with the English language, at the end of about a year the clinical director was promoted and in September of 2016 the assistant director of the home Ford Place, specialized in palliative care.

Last year he was a non-winning finalist for the second consecutive year of the National Care Awards, also from the UK

 

PSP arrested more than 500 people in the Safe Carnival operation

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

More than 500 people were detained by the PSP during the “Carnival in Security 2019” operation, which ended on Tuesday and led to the seizure of more than 2,800 pyrotechnic articles.

According to the final figures of the operation, 501 people were arrested by the PSP, 165 of them for driving under an excess of alcohol, 94 for lack of driving license, 80 for drug trafficking and 78 for through enforcement of arrest warrants.

In a statement, PSP also indicates that during the operation, which ran from 7 am on February 26 to 24 hours on Tuesday, they arrested 19 people for theft, 13 for disobedience and four for assaults at police.

The operation “Carnival in Security 2019” aimed to reduce risk behaviour, strengthen road safety and prevent and suppress the illicit marketing of pyrotechnic articles.

According to the PSP statement, 16 firearms, eight blank weapons, 2841 pyrotechnic articles and 594 rounds of ammunition of various calibre were seized , as well as 2336 doses of various types of drugs.

The PSP identified 829 people for various reasons, 93 of them for drug use.

In the eight days of the operation, 699 road surveillance operations were carried out, 51 establishments were monitored in the context of private security activity and 234 other enforcement actions were undertaken, mostly in the area of ​​prevention of the sale of pyrotechnic articles and weapons / explosives.

In the field of road safety, 27,132 vehicles were inspected and 6092 road traffic violations were registered and assessed. In addition, 881 vehicles were detected for speeding, resulting in 169 minor, 661 serious and 61 very serious traffic offenses.

6,564 drivers were also tested at the blood alcohol level, and 133 were charged for having a higher rate than the legal minimum of 1.2g/l.

During the eight days of the operation “Carnival in Security 2019” PSP mobilized 7104 police, 1876 vehicles and 1689 other equipment.

Portugal in fourth place in the seizure of hashish in Europe

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

In 2017, 14.8 tonnes of hashish were seized in Portugal. The International Narcotics Control Board warns that ill-regulated cannabis programs for therapeutic use can lead to increased consumption

Portugal was the fourth European country with the highest amount of hashish seized in 2017, according to an international report released on Tuesday 4th March 2019 warning of the dangers of poor cannabis regulation for medicinal purposes.

The cannabis remains as the “most widely used” drug in Europe, accounting for 38% of the illicit drug market in the European Union (EU), the report of the International Council of Narcotics Control. Data from 2016 indicate that more than 760,000 cannabis seizures were carried out in the EU, 420,000 of cannabis in grass, 22,000 seizures of plants and more than 300,000 of cannabisresin (hashish).

Portugal appears as the fourth country in Europe that in 2017 seized more hashish, with 14.8 tons. Spain, as the main entry point for cannabis resin produced in Morocco, is the country with the most seized product, with 333 tonnes, followed by France with 57 tonnes and Italy with 18.7 tonnes.

After the fourth place in Portugal, Greece appears with 6.3 tons and the United Kingdom 6.3 tons. All other countries reported less than three tonnes of hash seized in 2017, including Sweden, Norway, Poland or Russia.

In the report released on Tuesday, the International Narcotics Control Board warns that ill-regulated cannabis programs for therapeutic use may lead to increased use of recreational cannabis. The United Nations agency also expresses its concern about the creation of legislation on non-medicinal use of cannabis that is contrary to drug control conventions and may endanger public health.

Government released on 28th February 2019, The Centre for Studies on Forest Fires Report into the Fires that resulted in the death of 51 people in October 2017

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

The 15th October 2017 fires were  completely  exceptional. The country was experiencing a prolonged drought, a period when  the operational structure was already partially demobilised, a very unusual meteorological phenomenon –  the Hurricane Ophelia – that was  felt  throughout  the country, but especially in  the central  region, very strong and dry winds  that boosted the hundreds of ignitions that occurred on that day, producing several fires that together destroyed more than 220 thousand hectares in less than 24 hours, which is a record for Portugal. This resulted in seven major fires five of them together caused 51 fatalities and all produced an environmental and property devastation.

Some of the findings and highlights of the report are:

The strict definition of fire risk periods, based on calendar dates, without taking into account the seasonal changes  in  the  weather  and  a  concern  with  the  containment  of  expenditure,  led  to  a  reduction  of  the operational structure, without paying due attention to the extreme fire risk that was forecasted a few days in advance. This lack of resources was felt especially in the absence of more vigilance, which could have reduced the number of ignitions, at least on the 15th, which led to the registration of 517 occurrences.

The task of defending people and property was limited by the difficulty of managing resources and placing them where they were required, because of the infeasibility of many paths.

The fact that in these fires we had relatively less people dying on the run, or away from home, certainly due to the perception, by the population of the message that our team has been spreading ‐ reinforced by PG experience ‐ that one should not leave the house at the last minute and with the fire nearby. In these cases, with respect to the authorities’ indications, it is preferable to remain at home and seek to defend it as long as it is safe. It is also important to identify in advance, in each village or town, safe places or homes that can serve as a refuge or shelter for residents or visitors during a fire event.

The practice, which has been implemented by the authorities, of ordering massive evacuations of threatened villages and  places, while  it may  be justifiable  in a  life‐saving  perspective, may  be wrong  if  it  is  not well planned  and  not  executed  well  in  advance.  On the other  hand,  the  option  to  allow  properly  identified members of the population to remain in the places where they live, in an organized and supported way, can greatly  contribute  to  the  safeguarding  of  assets  and  consequently  to  reduce  the  pressure  on  operating entities.

We cannot fail to reaffirm our position regarding the failure of the ICNF as a fundamental pillar of the whole DFCI  system,  in  the  protection  of  the  national  forest,  in  the  promotion  of  awareness  campaigns,  in  the management  of  fuel  discontinuities  and  in  the  protection  of  forestry  areas  that  are  in  its  charge.  The destruction of an important part of the historical Leiria pine forest, which was under the management of the ICNF, constituted the corollary of the abandonment to which its management had been voted over the last decades.

There was again a need for the country to have a wider range of professional and qualified firefighters to ensure a more permanent availability, independent of the calendar dates, to support the population in crises situations such as the fires of October 15th.

GNR Road Safety Operation “Carnival 2019”

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

The GNR commenced on 1st March an operation of intensified patrolling and road surveillance throughout the country. This operation, which ends on the 5th of March, is focused along the routes leading to the areas where carnivals are taking place, aimed at combating road accidents, regulating traffic and ensure support to all road users.

During the operation, the GNR, through the national transit unit and territorial commands, will undertake surveillance to detect the following infractions:
–  driving under the influence of alcohol and psychotropic substances;
– lack of legal license;
–  dangerous driving, especially with regard to overtaking, change of direction etc;
– not using the safety belt and / or retention systems;
– excess of capacity;
– anomalies in lighting and signalling systems;
– use of mobile phone during driving;
– lack of periodic inspection;
– lack of civil liability insurance.

Judicial police detain man for drug trafficking

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

The Judiciary Police, through the Southern Board of Directors, identified and detained a man for alleged drug trafficking.

In the course of an investigation into illicit drug trafficking and in compliance with a search and arrest warrant issued by the competent judicial authority, the suspect was detained in the Lisbon metropolitan area on 28th February, having been seized 260 grams of hashish .

The present investigation is related to an accident and abandonment of a car occurred on the A22 in December 2018, which carried 84.6 Kgs of narcotics.

The 30-year-old detainee was present at the first judicial interrogation, and the pre-trial detention order was applied.

GNR detains couple for issuing fake animal vaccinate certificates and 48 breeding dogs in Tavira

Friday, March 1st, 2019

A couple in their 60s ran a clandestine veterinary clinic and have been detained on suspicion of qualified fraud, usurpation of duties and falsification of documents.

The suspects, a man and a woman, aged 62 and 66, were seen as veterinarians and ran a clandestine clinic at their home in Tavira. According to a statement from the GNR of Faro, the couple falsified vaccination bulletins of animals with a stamp that was not known and unknown in the Veterinary Medical Association in Portugal and Spain.

In the same space, they created and sold dogs of various breeds, from German shepherd, Labrador, Yorkshire terrier and pinscher, always with vaccination bulletins with falsified stamp and signature, adds the GNR SEPNA, that investigated the facts from July of 2018.

On Tuesday, after conducting four searches, one household and three in vehicles, 132 tubes for animal vaccination, 61 syringes and 192 needles were seized, three vials with solution for injections for dogs, medicines for dogs, business cards with the indication of activity and location of visas, two laptops, three mobile phones, various documents related to veterinary activity and a false stamp with veterinarian registrations.

“The area was still monitored, with 48 dogs reared without registration and license of the animals at the parish council, lacking a kennel license (required for a space with more than seven animals) and non-compliance with the requirements of sale of pet animals, and the respective records of mismanagement have been prepared, according to the GNR statement.

In the action were committed 23 soldiers of the Territorial Command of Faro, assisted by a Veterinary Medical of the Service of Food and Veterinary of the Region of the Algarve and a Veterinary Doctor of the Municipality of Tavira.