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      6 The Portugal News •  19 Oct 2019

      The growing importance of surfing for tourism sector



                                                                                Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism, Ana Mendes
                                                                                Godinho, has highlighted the growing importance that
                                                                                surfing has for the tourism sector.
                                                                                    We like to have the  competitions that are  said. “We want to get across
                                                                                    best in our country,  staged in different parts of  this image of a whole
                                                                                    because we          the country.            country that supports surfing
                                                                                “consider ourselves     According to Godinho,   – and also of Portugal as a
                                                                                the best country,” Godinho  “there are 100 million  sustainable destination: we
                                                                                said during a visit to the  views around the world  want to increasingly
                                                                                MEO Rip Curl Pro taking  with WSL competitions”.  associate the surf with a
                                                                                place in Peniche in Leiria  Portugal, she added, “is  lifestyle of sustainability.”
                                                                                district. “Make yourselves at  the most popular country  Sophie Goldschmidt, the
                                                                                home and, if you want, stay  when people search for  CEO of WSL, thanked
                                                                                here and never leave.”  surfing.”               Portugal and Peniche for
                                                                                She noted that Portugal is  In just three years, she said,  their hospitality and
                                                                                already the world’s third  the number of companies  assured them that the
                                                                                biggest surfing destination  dedicated to surfing  relationship would be
                                                                                and the biggest in Europe.  business has doubled to  maintained.
                                                                                “Eleven years ago I saw the  800. She also noted the fact  “On behalf of WSL, thank
                                                                                start of the first competition  that WSL is soon to move its  you for receiving us again,”
                                                                                of the World Surf League in  European headquarters to  she said. “We love to come
                                                                                Peniche and it is impressive  Portugal.         to Portugal and especially
                                                                                how it has developed since  “We believe that Portugal is  Peniche. Portugal is one of
                                                                                then,” the secretary of state  the best destination, not  the WSL’s favourite
      Miguel Pupo of Brazil in action during the RipCurl Pro Portugal surfing event.  said, citing the various  only to surf, but to live, to  destinations: we have
      Miguel Pupo of Brazil in action during the RipCurl Pro Portugal surfing event.
      Miguel Pupo of Brazil in action during the RipCurl Pro Portugal surfing event.
      Miguel Pupo of Brazil in action during the RipCurl Pro Portugal surfing event.
      Miguel Pupo of Brazil in action during the RipCurl Pro Portugal surfing event.
      (Photo: EPA/Kelly Cestari)
      (Photo: EPA/Kelly Cestari)
      (Photo: EPA/Kelly Cestari)
      (Photo: EPA/Kelly Cestari)
      (Photo: EPA/Kelly Cestari)                                                international WSL       study, to make a life,” she  several events here.”
      Courts ‘incompetent’ in Hells Angels case
       A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the
       A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the
      A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the        have reached the maximum period of pre-  crimes.
       A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the
      A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the
                                                                                                                      The prosecution’s indictment said that in
       Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and
      Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and  trial detention in these cases (1 year and 4  March 2018 the defendants went to the
       Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and
       Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and
      Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and
                                                                                months) on that day.
       Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the
       Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the
      Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the
      Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the       In the meantime, at least four of the  Mesa do Prior restaurant armed with knives,
       Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the
      investigation phase.                                                      defendants, some non-Portuguese, were  axes, sticks and other weapons to attempt to
      investigation phase.
       investigation phase.
       investigation phase.
       investigation phase.
                                                                                separated from the main case due to delays  seriously injure or even kill six other bikers of
        A source from the Criminal Investigation  aimed at deciding by a criminal  in translating the indictment into their  the rival Red and Gold group, which belongs
      Court (TIC) of Loures and defendants’  investigation judge whether the case follows  mother tongue and notifying the defendants  to the Los Bandidos structure.
      lawyers told Lusa that the case went on 10  and in what manner for trial.  promptly.The defendants were charged by  The defendants entered the restaurant
      October for distribution at the TCIC, in  If the instructional decision (whether or not  the prosecution with criminal association,  armed with hammers, iron bars and
      Lisbon, after the TIC declared it was  to bring the defendants to trial) is not made  attempted murder aggravated using a  wooden pipes, iron chains, axes, knuckle
      territorially incompetent for the instruction,  by 18 November, 39 of the defendants (34 in  weapon, injury to physical integrity, extortion,  dusters, batons and knives, to eliminate or
      an optional phase required by        pre-trial detention and five under house  theft, drug trafficking and possession of  seriously injure, various Red&Gold
      approximately 70 of the defendants and  arrest) will have to be released, as they will  weapons and ammunition, among other  members.                                                         TPN/Lusa
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