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                                                                                              Portugal issues ‘Panda Bonds’ this month
                                                                                                Portugal’s finance ministry confirmed to Lusa that the country has
                                                                                              received the ‘green light’ from the Chinese authorities to issue public
                                                                                              debt in Chinese currency. The operation is to take place at the end of
                                                                                              May. The so-called ‘Panda Bonds’ will be issued on 29 and 30 May,
                                                                                              corresponding to €260 million, with a three-year maturity. The idea of
                                                                                              issuing ‘Panda Bonds’ arose two years ago, following a visit of
                                                                                              Portugal’s prime minister António Costa to China.

                                                                                              Talks aim to improve summer experience at
                                                                                              Lisbon airport
                                                                                                Portugal’s government and several private companies have met to
                                                                                              discuss measures to better prepare Lisbon airport for the upcoming
                                                                                              summer season. Involved in the talks are the likes of national airport
                                                                                              managers ANA, SEF borders and immigration, and airlines TAP and
                                                                                              easyJet. The aim is to make the experience at Lisbon’s busiest airport
                                                                                              less stressful and better coordinated for passengers in peak season.

                                                                                              Portugal with high proportion of inmates
                                                                                                Portugal has an imprisonment rate above the European average,
                                                                                              with 131 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants. According to figures from
                                                                                              the Council of Europe, the overall imprisonment rate in Europe fell by
                                                                                              6.6 percent between 2016 and 2018, from 109.7 to 102.5 inmates per
                                                                                              100,000 inhabitants. The figures also included those from non-EU
                                                                                              countries such as Russia and Ukraine. In Portugal, the number of
                                                                                              foreign inmates accounted for 16 percent of all those serving time.

                                                                                              Jamie Oliver’s Lisbon restaurant survives
                                                                                                Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is “devastated” after his
                                                                                              restaurant group went into administration, with 1,000 jobs being at
                                                                                              stake. Twenty two of the 25 restaurants in Jamie Oliver’s restaurant
                                                                                              group have now closed. However this will reportedly not affect his
 ght against single-use plastic pollution, namely marine litter, a topic that has increasingly hogged theht against single-use plastic pollution, namely marine litter, a topic that has increasingly hogged the
 g ght against single-use plastic pollution, namely marine litter, a topic that has increasingly hogged the
 g ght against single-use plastic pollution, namely marine litter, a topic that has increasingly hogged theht against single-use plastic pollution, namely marine litter, a topic that has increasingly hogged the  restaurant in Lisbon, as it is an overseas franchise, according to
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                                                                                              newspaper Público. A spokesperson for Jamie’s Italian Lisbon told the
       WEATHER                                                                                newspaper the UK and international restaurant have distinct operations
                                                                                              and structures, and his overseas ventures are in fact enjoying growth.
      Temperatures back on the rise                                                           Concerns over Serra da Estrela prospecting
       Weekend temperatures are set to rise across the country, while high clouds are set to
       Weekend temperatures are set to rise across the country, while high clouds are set to
       Weekend temperatures are set to rise across the country, while high clouds are set to    Four organisations from the Serra da Estrela region have protested
       Weekend temperatures are set to rise across the country, while high clouds are set to
       Weekend temperatures are set to rise across the country, while high clouds are set to
       disperse by the start of the week to leave blue skies.
       disperse by the start of the week to leave blue skies.
       disperse by the start of the week to leave blue skies.
       disperse by the start of the week to leave blue skies.                                 against the possibility of mineral prospecting and research in the area.  The
       disperse by the start of the week to leave blue skies.
                                                                                              organisations have demanded complete transparency in awarding any
        Lisbon
        Lisbon: Temperatures in the
                                     The South: Southern
        Lisbon                       The South                     The North                  licences. The signatories of the communiqué sent to Lusa said they were
        Lisbon
        Lisbon
                                     The South
                                                                   The North
                                                                   The North
                                                                   The North
                                     The South
                                     The South
                                                                   The North:  Temperatures are
      capital will climb for the weekend  Portugal will be feeling warm this  predicted to remain steady  “deeply concerned” about the request by Fortescue Metals Group
      to highs of 29 degrees Celsius  weekend with highs of 27   throughout the weekend and into  Exploration Pty Ltd., for prospecting rights for gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper,
      and are set to remain at these  degrees Celsius and lows of 18.  next week with highs of around  lithium, tin and other metal deposits in an area called “Boa Vista”. They also
      levels for the coming week.  A  Any cloud cover is expected to  23 degrees Celsius.  North  demand “complete and effective clarification for the local population and
      northerly wind will help to keep  clear by Tuesday, leaving the rest  westerly winds will however  rigorous environmental impact studies by independent entities.
      things cool during the week.  of the week with blue skies.  make it feel slightly cooler.
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