August 16, 2018 by Eden Flaherty
The Week em Breve – August 16
Welcome to the Week em Breve! This week in Portugal: Hacker Worries, Le Pen in Portugal, Oil Drilling Ditched, Portuguese Pot, Summer to End, Lisbon’s Late Airport, and much more!
Multibanco Hacker Worries
There was a blackout on the multibanco network, which has sparked fears of an imminent global attack on ATMs. In a story that would make John Badham squeal, the FBI has warned that there may be a “mass attack” on banks around the world by hackers. However, SIBS — Sociedade Interbancária de Serviços — say that the blackout on Sunday night was not the work of hackers, but a hardware issue. We shall see…
Le Pen in Portugal
You have probably seen numerous stories on Le Pen this week, with Twitter going wild when the news broke. It has been announced that the extreme right-wing politician Marine Le Pen was to speak at this year’s Web Summit, although her invitation has since been retracted. Her planned presence drew massive criticism, and there is no way for the left wing Portuguese government to intervene, as the Web Summit is a private event. It has been suggested, however, that Bloco de Esquerda and Partido Socialista could pull funding. The investment by Portuguese government entities is an estimated 1.3 million euros per year, so let’s see if the “socialist” government puts their money where their mouth is.
No Drilling in Final Decision
In some slightly more positive news, there has been a final decision made on oil prospecting in Aljezur after months of debate. And that decision says no to oil! The license that would have allowed the ENI / Galp consortium to carry out exploratory drilling for oil was temporarily blocked in July, and after deliberation has been officially revoked according to a Loulé Administrative Court ruling. One more victory for the oceans!
Portugal’s Potential Pot Farmers
As you may remember from previous weeks, Portugal is on track to legalize medical marijuana. And, surprise surprise, dozens of companies are looking to get in on the action. What makes getting a license to cultivate cannabis in Portugal so lucrative is its inclusion in the Schengen zone, low costs, highly skilled workforce, and… the sun! Apparently, cannabis loves the sun, and Portugal’s clear-sky record makes it appealing to potential pot farmers. Who knew?
Swap the Beach for a Brolly
While we are on the subject of weather, Mário Marques, a weather expert, claims that summer will not last! While the late start seduced many of us into thinking we were in for a gloriously late summer, this won’t be the case. In fact, we shouldn’t expect any more peaks of heat, autumn will come as expected, and it will be the rainiest in more than a decade. Great.
Lisbon Airport is (Nearly) Always Late
In some not-so-shocking news, Lisbon airport has been announced as the tenth worst airport in terms of punctuality, according to an OAG ranking. The study found that only a third of arrivals and departures from Lisbon were on time, making it tenth worst out of the 1,194 airports studied. Porto didn’t do much better with only 50% of flights being on time.
Activist António Alves Vieira Dies
Finally, in some rather sad news, actor and activist António Alves Vieira has died. Hailing from Porto, he fought for LGBTI and workers’ rights, being active in the promotion of Porto LGBT Pride March.
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