Saturday, May 27, 2006

Portuguese Foreign Minister attacks Australian counterpart

Portuguese Foreign Minister Diogo Freitas de Amaral has abruptly lashed out at is Australian counterpart John Howard for criticising the authorities in East Timor.

Mr Howard said that East Timor has a "significant governance problem" and that "If things get out of control, and they clearly have and outside help is needed, then those who provide the outside help are entitled to ask those who they are helping, 'Will you make sure that you run the country in future in a way that doesn't allow this to happen?”.

Diogo Freitas de Amaral who is known for his less than appropriate interventions in situations that do not call for the Ministers participation stated “We consider this interference in the internal affairs of East Timor and ... we disagree with this kind of statement by foreign countries”.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Illegal immigrates in Portugal

Brazil has overtaken Eastern Europe and Africa to become the major source of illegal immigrates to Portugal, statement from the (SEF) Borders and Foreigners Service. According to the SEF the number of illegal immigrants from Eastern European countries like Moldova and Ukraine has fallen dramatically recently. The situation has reached alarming proportions not only because of the shear number of illegal immigrants present in Portugal but also by the lack of action taken by the Government in preventing it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

World Cup Groups

World Cup Groups -- Group A
Costa Rica

World Cup Groups -- Group B
Trinidad and Tobago

World Cup Groups -- Group C
Ivory Coast
Serbia and Montenegro

World Cup Groups -- Group D

World Cup Groups -- Group E
Czech Replublic

World Cup Groups -- Group F

World Cup Groups -- Group G
Korea Republic

World Cup Groups -- Group H
Saudi Arabia
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA world Cup is nearly upon us and needless to say that emotions are running pretty wild. I personally can’t wait to see my team “Portugal” in action. That’s why I would like to invite everyone to participate and leave some comments on their views, expectations and thoughts on anything about the FIFA World Cup in Germany. You can also take a look at the FIFA World Ranking for May 2006.

Portuguese women form human national flag

A stunning display was put on yesterday by thousands of women that gathered at the Estadio Nacional in Jamor to form a human national flag in support of Portugal's national football team. The event took place Saturday and was organized by the Portuguese Football Association and the Portuguese Espirito Santo Bank (BES).
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Kids TV series causes rash

A mysterious illness is sweeping Portuguese schools as children complain of symptoms similar to those suffered by characters in a teenage television show.

Hundreds of children have complained of symptoms including rashes, breathing difficulties and dizziness at 14 schools across Portugal. The National Institute for Medical Emergencies (INEM) has already been called by five schools in the Northern region of Portugal to investigate the mysterious virus but were unable to find any “rational” explanation to the rashes.

Doctors have named it the "Strawberries with Sugar Virus" as the outbreak came a few days after the popular television show of that name aired an episode about a life-threatening virus descending on a school.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

FIFA World Rankings May 2006

FIFA World Rankings May 2006

1 Brazil
2 Czech Republic
3 The Netherlands
4 Mexico
5 Spain
7 Portugal
8 France
9 Argentina
10 England

11 Nigeria
12 Denmark
13 Italy
14 Turkey
15 Cameroon
16 Sweden
17 Egypt
18 Japan
19 Germany
20 Greece

21 Tunisia
22 Uruguay
23 Iran
23 Croatia
25 Romania
26 Costa Rica
27 Colombia
28 Senegal
29 Poland
29 Korea Republic

31 Republic of Ireland
32 Côte d'Ivoire
33 Paraguay
34 Saudi Arabia
35 Switzerland
36 Morocco
37 Russia
37 Bulgaria
39 Ecuador
40 Norway

41 Slovakia
42 Honduras
42 Australia
44 Serbia and Montenegro
45 Ukraine
46 Jamaica
47 Trinidad and Tobago
48 Ghana
49 Finland
49 Israel

51 Guinea
52 Iraq
53 South Africa
54 Bahrain
55 Zimbabwe
56 Belgium
57 Angola
57 Zambia
59 Scotland
60 Uzbekistan

I am very pleased to see Portugal well placed on this list, we certainly deserve it. I think this is the year that I’ll see Portugal became world champion…

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Portugal’s team for the 2006 world Cup in Germany

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari unveiled the team that will be playing for Portugal in the 2006 world Cup in Germany.

Portugal World Cup squad

Quim (Benfica)
Ricardo (Sporting )

Bruno Vale (Estrela da Amadora)

Caneira (Sporting )
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea)
Ricardo Costa (FC Porto)
Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea)
Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart)
Miguel (Valencia)
Nuno Valente (Everton)

Boa Morte (Fulham)
Costinha (No team)
Deco (FC Barcelona)
Figo (Internazionale)
Maniche (Chelsea)
Petit (Benfica)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Simão (Benfica)
Tiago (Olympique de Lyon)
Hugo Viana (Valencia)

Nuno Gomes (Benfica)
Pauleta (Paris Saint Germain)
Hélder Postiga (Saint-Etienne)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

F.C. Porto vence a Taça de Portugal

O Futebol. Clube do Porto conquistou hoje mais uma Taça de Portugal “13ª vez”, ao derrotar o Vitória de Setúbal. Pronto!!! Acho que não há mais nada a dizer???

Friday, May 12, 2006

Fines for beachgoers who disobey warnings

Beachgoers in Portugal who ignore instructions from lifeguards or fail to heed flags warning of dangerous seas may be fined anything from 55 to 1.000 euros. The idea behind the new law announced by the government Thursday is aimed ate cracking down on beach accidents and drowning deaths during the official bathing season, which runs from June 1 to Sept. 30. According to statistics last year authorities recorded 21 drowning deaths at Portuguese beaches, four more than the previous year.

So please if you do visit Portugal remember Red flags raised by lifeguards forbid anyone from entering the sea, while a yellow flag warns bathers not to stray out of their depth. Colour blind tourist may not use Portuguese beaches.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Bem vindo ao Portugal Alive

Bem vindo ao Portugal Alive um blog sobre Portugal que contem artigos em Inglês e Português.

We’re back

We are proud to present to you the new and improved Portugal Alive. After a few weeks of down time Portugal Alive is back on track. There will be some minor changes in the nature of content that will be introduced. These changes relate to the languages that content will be published in. Articles from now on will be written in either English or Portuguese to try and cater for everyone’s needs. We hope that these little improvements will make this blog a more enjoyable experience for all our readers.