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8 The Portugal News • 20 Jul 2019                                  News


      Guadiana to be navigable from 2021




       A project to allow the navigation of the Guadiana river between the                           oats will be able to travel  Real of Santo António and the
                                                                                                     along the river between  international bridge and the
       Algarve and Alentejo is expected to be completed by 2021.                                     Vila Real de Santo    section between Vila Real de
                                                                                              BAntónio and Mértola         Santo António and Alcoutim in the
                                                                                              thanks to the €6 million project.  Algarve.
                                                                                              “This is one of the most     During the ceremony, a protocol
                                                                                              emblematic investments of the  was also signed between DGRM
                                                                                              Ministry of the Sea,” because it  and Câmara de Mértola to study
                                                                                              “promotes the navigability of the  and find the appropriate solution
                                                                                              Guadiana” and simultaneously  for the navigability of the
                                                                                              “the development of the entire  exclusively Portuguese section
                                                                                              region,” said the Minister for the  between Pomarão and the town of
                                                                                              Seas, Ana Paula Vitorino.    Mértola.
                                                                                              The minister spoke to journalists  According to the minister, the
                                                                                              after the signing of a contract for  section between Pomarão and
                                                                                              the dredging and installation of  Mértola “is more complex” than
                                                                                              maritime signalling along the  the previous ones from geological
                                                                                              Guadiana river between Alcoutim  and environmental points of view,
                                                                                              and Pomarão.                 being as it is “in a protected area of
                                                                                              The contract represents the third  the Guadiana” and, therefore, the
                                                                                              phase of the project and works are  preparation of the project “will take
                                                                                              due to start “later this month”, and  a little more time “.
                                                                                              are to last three months said the  “Hopefully it will go well,” and once
                                                                                              minister.                    the environmental impact
                                                                                              As part of the project, the  statement is issued,” the DGRM
                                                                                              Directorate General of Natural  will launch the public tender to
                                                                                              Resources, Safety and Maritime  carry out the project” on the stretch
                                                                                              Services (DGRM) highlighted that  between Pomarão and Mértola,
                                                                                              two phases have already been  said Ana Paula Vitorino.
                                                                                              completed, making it possible to  “We are bringing the sea up to
                                                                                              make two Guadiana international  Mértola [in the interior of the
      Boats will be able to travel along the Guadiana river between Vila Real de Santo António and Mértola.
      Boats will be able to travel along the Guadiana river between Vila Real de Santo António and Mértola.
      Boats will be able to travel along the Guadiana river between Vila Real de Santo António and Mértola.
      Boats will be able to travel along the Guadiana river between Vila Real de Santo António and Mértola.  zones navigable, the area  Alentejo] and taking Mértola to the
      Boats will be able to travel along the Guadiana river between Vila Real de Santo António and Mértola.
      (Photo: Lusa/Luís Forra)
      (Photo: Lusa/Luís Forra)
      (Photo: Lusa/Luís Forra)
      (Photo: Lusa/Luís Forra)                                                                between the entrance of the Vila  sea” concluded the minister.
      (Photo: Lusa/Luís Forra)
      Protests at Faro hospital                                Around 50 people joined a demonstration at Faro hospital in defence of the Portuguese
                                                               Around 50 people joined a demonstration at Faro hospital in defence of the Portuguese
                                                               Around 50 people joined a demonstration at Faro hospital in defence of the Portuguese
                                                               Around 50 people joined a demonstration at Faro hospital in defence of the Portuguese
                                                               Around 50 people joined a demonstration at Faro hospital in defence of the Portuguese
                                                               National health Service (SNS).
                                                               National health Service (SNS).
                                                               National health Service (SNS).
                                                               National health Service (SNS).
                                                               National health Service (SNS).
        The protest on 15 July  reporters that Portugal  should be evaluated so that  Physicians (SIM), justified  enormous pay when “there  degradation of the SNS in
      brought together regional  “does not have a problem  Algarve users are not  his presence at the protest  are external contracts” to  the Algarve “started with the
      political leaders and    with the number of doctors,  deprived of health services”.  with the need for the  values “three times higher  previous government” and
      mayors, mostly from the  but in the geographical   Cristóvão Norte recalled  “defence of the SNS”.  than those paid to SNS  the merger of three
      PSD party, trade unionists  distribution” of resources,  that the new central hospital  The trade unionist said  professionals,” he added.  hospitals to create the
      and politician Cristóvão  alluding to the lack of  in the Algarve “was a second  that to solve the problem of  João Vasconcelos, a  Algarve hospital.
      Norte (PSD), who spoke of  professionals in the region  priority” for new health  doctors in the Algarve it is  member of the Left Bloc,  This decision has brought
      the indignation of the   which has led to issues in  equipment in 2006 due to  necessary for positive  considered that the protest,  a worsening situation to the
      demonstrators to claims that  maternity wards and  the memorandum of      discrimination.         “regardless of who      Algarve due to a “lack of
      there was to be a new    obstetrics units in Faro and  financial assistance signed  This policy would  organised it”, defends the  doctors, nurses, diagnostic
      central hospital for the  Portimão.              with the troika, but in 2016  encourage professionals to  cause “of a SNS for all”,  technicians and medicines,”
      Algarve.                  The deputy of the PSD  “the Government decided to  “stay in the SNS”, ending the  considering that the  he said.
        Cristóvão Norte told   said that “all mechanisms  launch five new hospitals “,
                                                       while leaving the Algarve
                                                       out.                    Faro Hospital
                                                                                Faro Hospital
                                                                               Faro Hospital
                                                                                Faro Hospital
                                                                                Faro Hospital
                                                         The Social Democrat   was the chosen
                                                                                was the chosen
                                                                                was the chosen
                                                                               was the chosen
                                                                                was the chosen
                                                       believes that despite not  location for
                                                                                location for
                                                                                location for
                                                                                location for
                                                                               location for
                                                       solving all health problems  demonstrators
                                                                               demonstrators
                                                                                demonstrators
                                                                                demonstrators
                                                                                demonstrators
                                                       in the region, a new central  to protest
                                                                                to protest
                                                                                to protest
                                                                                to protest
                                                                               to protest
                                                       health unit in the Algarve  about the
                                                                               about the
                                                                                about the
                                                                                about the
                                                                                about the
                                                                                current state
                                                                                current state
                                                                                current state
                                                                               current state
                                                       would be a “fixed point for  current state
                                                                                of the
                                                                                of the
                                                                                of the
                                                                               of the
                                                       new doctors in the region  of the
                                                                               Portuguese
                                                                                Portuguese
                                                                                Portuguese
                                                                                Portuguese
                                                       and good for career     Portuguese
                                                                               National
                                                                                National
                                                                                National
                                                                                National
                                                       progression.”           National
                                                                                Health Service
                                                                                Health Service
                                                                                Health Service
                                                                               Health Service
                                                                               Health Service
                                                         João Dias, from the   (SNS).
                                                                                (SNS).
                                                                               (SNS).
                                                                                (SNS).
                                                                                (SNS).
                                                       regional directorate of Faro  (Photo: Lusa/
                                                                                (Photo: Lusa/
                                                                                (Photo: Lusa/
                                                                                (Photo: Lusa/
                                                                               (Photo: Lusa/
                                                       of the Independent Union of  Luís Forra)
                                                                                Luís Forra)
                                                                               Luís Forra)
                                                                                Luís Forra)
                                                                                Luís Forra)
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