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Storm #Efrain front will arrive this evening (10th December 2022), bringing lots of rain, wind, turbulence and snow.

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) has therefore raised today orange and yellow rain warnings due to heavy rain forecast starting later this evening.

On its official page, IPMA mentions that these four mainland districts will be under orange warning between 00:00 and 03:00 on Sunday, while in the district of Portalegre it will be active between 03:00 and 06:00, due to the forecast of heavy and persistent rain.

This will be preceded by yellow warnings start at 2100 hrs

Warnings are also in place for other districts of Mainland Portugal under yellow warning due to the forecast of snowfall, persistent rain, strong winds, and also rough seas

WIND YELLOW WARNING: 6 districts midnight tonight to 0600 hrs 11th Dec. Strong wind, with gusts up to 90 km/h.

RAIN ORANGE AND YELLOW WARNINGS: 5 districts orange and yellow – 4 districts yellow. Rain sometimes heavy and persistent. (Timings and district see chart)Criteria: Yellow 30-40 mms in 6 hours and Orange 41-60 mms 6 hours

SNOW YELLOW WARNING: Seven Districts Snowfall above 1000 meters, with accumulation above 1200 meters, which may be 5 cm. Probable Impacts: Disturbance caused by snowfall with accumulation and possible ice formation (e.g. restricted access or closed roads, damage to structures or trees.) (Timings and districts see chart)ROUGH SEAS WARNING: Lisbon and Setubal 0300 to 0900 hrs 11th Dec Southwest waves with 4 meters.MONITOR WARNS CLOSELY IN CASE OF CHANGES:




Solid Gold Sunday – Crime Check – On KissFm Sunday 27th November 2022


Tomorrow Solid Gold Sunday hosted by Owen Gee, will feature “Crime Check” with David Thomas, President of Safe Communities Portugal.

Crime Check will start between 09.10 hrs and 09.20 hrs and David will be sharing information and advice about:

  • IPMA weather warning system and importance of following the warnings and
  • On-line scams we can expect to see more of in lead up to Christmas.

Kiss FM can be heard on 95.8 and 101.2 FM or through the home page of

Looking forward to the show – please listen in.




Safe Communities Portugal 10th Anniversary Lunch


1300 hrs Wednesday 30th November 2022

Restaurant Quinta Do Moinho – Rua da Nossa Sra. da Piedade, Lote 10, 8100-338 Loulé.

Deadline for booking 2359 hrs 25th November 2022

We are posting this reminder as the response to this event has been really excellent and with just a week to go we ask people not to delay booking in order to avoid disappointment, as there is limited space available.

As we are entering the winter period, Safe Communities Portugal is looking at many opportunities for face to face gatherings so you can learn more about our work, how we help communities as well as for fundraising, in order for our Volunteer Organisation to be able to carry out its many activities, develop more and to get to meet as many people as we can over the next few months.

Obviously our followers are spread across Portugal and beyond so we have to start in one place and if successful we will be spreading our wings in the form of similar gatherings to other parts of the country.

We are also taking the opportunity to celebrate10 years since we registered as a non-profit organisation in November 2012.

Our Community and Fund Raising Lunch with Safe Communities Portugal will be held in Loule. The meal will consist of the following courses:

Couvert: Bread, Olives, Butter and Sardine Pate.

Tapas: Various Cured meats, Cheese, Algarve Carrots, Octopus Salad,

Main Course: Grilled mixed meats served with Chips and Salad or Vegetarian option available.

Desert: Various sweets from the cabinet followed by Coffee.

In addition there is a bottle of house wine per 2 persons or a jug of Sangria or Beer, water or juices depending on your preference, included in the price.

The cost per person will be 30 Euros of which a percentage of this cost will be a donation to Safe Communities Portugal.

David Thomas Founder and President SCP will speak on the many different types of work and projects we are involved in and how as a volunteer organisation we help many people across Portugal.

We are also delighted to say that we will also have a guest speaker on the day. Mr Clive Jewell is the Vice Consul at the Consular Office in Portimão and will give us an insight into his role here in the Algarve on behalf of the UK Government.

To book you place email:

Stating your Full Name and the names of any one attending with you. Your Telephone Number and Your Email Address

We will collect the cost of Lunch at the door on the day so please bring cash only.





Lisbon, Nov 02, 2022 (Lusa) – The Minister of Internal Administration announced today a reinforcement of the security of the National Internal Security Network, with an investment of 17.4 million euros in cybersecurity planned for 2023.

During the parliamentary examination in the specialty of the proposal for the State Budget for 2023 (OE2023), José Luís Carneiro said that next year “the planned investment in information and communication technologies will continue to be made”, preparing the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI). ) for “a secure digital transition”.

The official stressed that this investment aims to “strengthen the security of the National Internal Security Network, strengthening cybersecurity means” by 17.4 million euros.

The minister also noted that the sharing of resources and solutions between security forces and services, through the gradual integration of technical support and logistical support structures, “eliminating redundancies and freeing up human resources for the operational area” in the amount of 3.1 million euros.

José Luís Carneiro also advanced that in 2023, 11.5 million euros will be invested in the new generation of 112 operational centers, which will allow the geolocation of calls, a new application for the deaf and interoperability with European operational centers.

According to the minister, the Schengen information systems will be updated by eight million euros and the European travel information and authorization system by five million euros.

José Luís Carneiro also referred that 36.5 million euros will be invested in the emergency communications network of the State SIRESP, to which, over five years, another 75 million will be invested in the scope of the international public tender and a further 38.5 million euros in other investments.


The news of the investment of 11.5 million euros to enable the geolocation of emergency calls is welcome and should enable the location of those seeking assistance to be pinpointed, enabling a faster and more efficient response.





Fake News: Portugal involved in seven cases of disinformation since 2019


Lisbon, Oct 25, 2022 (Lusa) – Portugal appears in seven cases of ‘fake news’ about Ukraine or Member States of the European Union (EU), detected between 2019 and 2022 by the European External Action Service’s working group on misinformation.

The EU today launched a new tool on the EUvsDisinfo website – a new section, available at – that “explains the mechanisms, tactics, common narratives and actors behind disinformation and information manipulation “.

EUvsDisinfo is the main project of the East StratCom working group, having been created in 2015 within the European External Action Service to better respond to ongoing Russian disinformation campaigns affecting the EU and its partners.

In a search in the EUvsDisinfo database carried out today by the Lusa agency, Portugal appears in seven cases of disinformation, with the first having been detected on September 9, 2019, also involving Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and France.

The news, in Russian, from Sonar2050, mentioned that these countries were close to leaving the European Union, following Brexit by the United Kingdom, addressing the disintegration of the European project, due to the dominance of some countries over others, economic issues. or even the situation of migrants.

EUvsDisinfo, which dismantles each case of ‘fake news’, says that article “is a conspiracy that is consistent with a common pro-Kremlin narrative about the impending collapse of the EU”.

Also detected in 2019, on November 17, the Russian website Vesti7 states that French President Emmanuel Macron thinks that NATO was conceived as a response to the enemy [USSR], arguing that it was the opposite and that the Atlantic Alliance was thought of as a “threat to a friend against whom they fought against fascism”. The piece concludes that the creation of NATO was not justified.

Portugal is cited as a founding member of the Atlantic Alliance and EUvsDisinfo points out, in the rebuttal of the article, that historical revisionism is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative and that, after World War II, Soviet troops occupied several Central European countries and that the North Atlantic Treaty was signed, serving three purposes: to deter Soviet expansionism, to prohibit the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe, and to encourage European political integration.

Already an article by News-front, a ‘website’ based in Crimea, occupied by Russia since 2014, mentioned on April 20, 2020 that cooperation between the Mediterranean countries, Portugal, Spain and Greece, called into question the hegemony of Germany. on the European continent.

According to the piece, Mediterranean countries suffered greatly from the tax regime imposed by Germany and during the covid-19 pandemic Berlin showed that it did not intend to help EU partners.

For EUvsDisinfo, the pandemic was used to boost the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “German hegemony in Europe” and “the supposed imminent collapse of the EU”, in addition to intending to pit several member states against each other.

Three different websites, in German (Snanews), Hungarian (Oroszhirek) and Russian (Armeniasputnik) refer on May 24, 2021 to an episode that took place in 2013, in which they accuse countries such as Portugal, France, Spain or Italy of ending the its airspace to the plane carrying the Bolivian President, Evo Morales, en route to Moscow and which had to land in Vienna, adding that the reason was the suspicion that former US intelligence agent Edward Snowden was on board the presidential plane, whose extradition was demanded by US authorities.

This narrative, it is explained, comes as a response to the episode of May 23, 2021, when Ryanair flight FR4978 was forcibly diverted to Minsk, for the arrest of a Belarusian opposition journalist, Roman Pratasevich. The EU condemned Belarus’ action against the civilian plane and the arrest of Pratasevich.

The mechanism to combat disinformation also states that the two cases cannot be compared, stressing that the Ryanair flight was intercepted by military fighter jets, armed with air-to-air missiles and that the Bolivian flight landed due to bureaucracy, with European nations refused entry into their airspace the aircraft landed in Austria because it needed refueling.

The most recent piece to address Portugal is from August 22, released by the Spanish version of the Russian-based international television network, RT, which accuses Germany of not showing solidarity with Portugal or Spain, and demanding allegiance to the think about building a gas pipeline to these countries.

According to EUvsDisinfo, this disinformation narrative “aims to arouse discontent and animosity against Germany among Spanish citizens” and “to erode European mutual trust and prevent the adoption of European solidarity measures that could mitigate the impact of Russia’s energy blackmail.” against the EU”.

“In terms of energy, both Spain and Portugal have more than enough supply to cover their needs due to their long-term investment in renewable energy and LNG plants and are capable of supplying up to 30% of Europe’s natural gas demand. . Some of the energy measures adopted by the European Commission are effectively the result of a joint proposal presented by Portugal and Spain, and not requirements of Germany’s own interest, as this message of disinformation implies.

The European External Action Service’s working group on disinformation detected 1,200 cases of disinformation in the European Union (EU) in one year regarding Ukraine and Member States.




Around 250,000 people vaccinated against flu and Covid-19

Lisbon, Sep 21, 2022 (Lusa) – Around 250,000 people have been vaccinated against the flu and covid-19 since the beginning of September, the Minister of Health, Manuel Pizarro, revealed today, appealing to the population to adhere to the vaccination.

“We are within what was our expectation at this stage. The process has been expanding from week to week”, revealed Minister Manuel Pizarro today, explaining that, so far, “about 250,000 people have adhered to the two vaccines”.

Two weeks ago, on September 7, a new vaccination campaign started with 2nd generation vaccines adapted to the Ómicron variant of covid-19 and which aims to immunize around three million people by December.

The process began with those over 80 years old with comorbidities and again takes place in stages, by age groups, advancing as appointments in the older age group are exhausted.

Persons aged 60 years or older, residents and professionals of nursing homes and the national continuing care network, people aged 12 years and older with risk diseases, pregnant women aged 18 or over are eligible to be vaccinated and diseases defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and health professionals and other care providers.

“People are less alert to these infections, but it is even before winter comes that we must prevent ourselves”, warned the minister in statements to journalists at the end of a meeting with the head of the Coordinating Nucleus for Support to the Ministry of Health (NCAMS). ), Carlos Penha Gonçalves, in which the Secretary of State for Health Promotion, Margarida Tavares, and the Director General of Health, Graça Freitas, also participated.

Manuel Pizarro assured that there is no shortage of stock: “We have vaccines for all the patients that are scheduled in the coming weeks, but we are still receiving vaccines”.

About 2.1 million flu vaccines were ordered and more than three million for covid-19: “We are not worried about the lack of vaccines”, he guaranteed.



MAI says crime is decreasing, but intensity of violence is greater


Lisbon, Sep 19, 2022 (Lusa) – The Minister of Internal Administration said today that crime is decreasing this year compared to 2019, a period before the covid-19 pandemic marked by confinement, but “the intensity of violence is increasing that requires attention”.

“We must compare crime figures with 2019, because 2020 and 2021 were years of a pandemic, and comparing with 2019 figures we have lower indicators, both for general and violent crime, but of course we must always be attentive to all manifestations of indiscipline and aggression”, José Luís Carneiro told journalists.

The minister advanced that crime is decreasing, but “the intensity of violence is increasing that require more attention”.

In this sense, he said that the Government created the Commission for the Integrated Analysis of Juvenile Delinquency and Crime and the Public Security Police is developing, on its own initiative, a set of interventions, namely special operations in the most crowded places at night.

The minister was speaking to journalists at the end of the promotion ceremony of the two new chief superintendents, five new superintendents and four intendants of the Public Security Police.

Among the new promotions is Paula Peneda, current commander of the Porto Metropolitan Command of the PSP, who, upon reaching the head superintendent, becomes the first woman to reach the highest rank of the Police.



Hackers share personal data of 1.5 million TAP customers

The hacker group Ragnar Locker, responsible for the computer attack on TAP at the end of last month, have published personal data of 1.5 million airline customers. This Monday 19th September 2022, a document with 581 gigabytes of information was released on the Dark Web.

According to the newspaper Expresso, TAP did not give in to the blackmail of the group of hackers, who say they continue to have access to the airline’s computer systems.

The data released this Monday by the Ragnar Locker group includes names, addresses, mobile phone numbers of customers, as well as confidential agreements and professional identity cards and information about incidents during operations.

According to Expresso, the company only says that “the intrusion was contained at an early stage, before causing damage to operational processes. TAP’s operations are proceeding normally”.

Hackers had already published data on 115,000 customers more than a week ago, and threatened to leak more information if the ransom was not paid. Expresso advances that the Portuguese air carrier did not give in to the blackmail of the Ragnar Locker group.

The cybercrime group that claimed the attack on TAP is the same that carried out a cyberattack on EDP about two and a half years ago and, at the time, Ragnar Locker asked for a ransom of 10 million euros from the company that always denied any payment.

Using malicious applications, called ransomware, the group starts by infecting computer systems, encrypts and hijacks victims’ data. It then seeks to collect ransoms, usually in cryptocurrencies, so that they are more difficult to detect.

After the first intrusion, TAP warned customers affected by the computer attack on the company, whose data were published, that this disclosure “may increase the risk of its illegitimate use”, calling for attention to suspicious communications.



Seventeen people rescued from the sea at Mira, Coimbra

The drowning prevention service carried out 17 rescues, over the weekend, on the beaches of the municipality of Mira, district of Coimbra, revealed this Monday the Association of Lifeguards of Mira (Adamastor).

This is a service that is provided a few weeks before and a few weeks after the bathing season, which guarantees prevention on the beaches of the municipality, under the protocol signed in partnership between the Municipality of Mira and Adamastor.

“On Saturday, there were three rescues, in which four people were rescued. On Sunday, there were 13 rescues throughout the day”, Diogo Morais, coordinator of the Association of Lifeguards of Mira, told Lusa.

According to the source, although Portuguese were rescued, most were foreigners.

It was an “excellent job carried out this weekend when it was very hot and the sea was ‘treacherous’, with many waters and that’s why [the lifeguards] had a lot of work”, said the mayor. Municipality of Mira, Raul Almeida.

“As we are already out of the bathing season, luckily we have the prevention service. At the right time, the City Council invested in this project that ensures prevention in the period after the bathing season. At this time of year there is no surveillance, there is only this prevention carried out by two lifeguards and a quad bike, which is supported by the City Council”, he concluded.

The agreement between the municipality and Adamastor includes the provision of a quad bike by the municipality to the association, payment of fuel for its operation, two lifeguards, as well as the remaining material necessary for the exercise of functions.


Hopefully this large number in just one municipality will help get the message across concerning beach safety. It is fortunate that this agreement exists, as there are many beaches now without lifeguards, since the end of the bathing season.

It is important that people following the beach safety measures that are regularly promoted on this page especially as the number of drownings so far this year stands at over 100, the highest for 5 years.

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UPDATE: 2230 Hrs

One person reported to have died i n the coastal city of Manzanillo Colima, when a wall at a mall collapsed (source BBC)

A very strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale was recorded this Monday in Mexico, announced the US Geological Centre.

There are still no damages or injuries to report, but the Associated Press reports that the quake was felt in the capital of Mexico City, located hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre.

The earthquake was recorded 37 kilometres off the coast of Aquila, between the states of Colima and Michoacan, at a depth of 15.1 kilometres.

Through Twitter, the Mexican seismological centre began by noting that the earthquake was registered with a magnitude of 6.8, later correcting it to 7.4.

Earthquake alarms sounded in the nation’s capital an hour after a nationwide drill, which took place on the same day as two other powerful earthquakes, in 1985 and 2017.

A tsunami threat has been issued

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that waves reaching one to three metres (three to nine feet) above the tide level could hit coastal areas overnight.


On average each year there would only be around 15-20 earthquakes of this size.