Entries by Lusolobo

TAP

‘Re-privatisation is not on the table’ – (Pedro Nuno Santos, Minister of Infrastructure) TAP (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) was created in 1945 and nationalised in 1975. During the financial crisis, the center-right government of Pedro Passos Coelho decided in June 2015 to sell the company to the AtlanticGateway consortium (David Neeleman in partnership with Humberto Pedrosa), […]

Women-2

‘Nothing about women without us’ – Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras Despite low healthy life expectancy in later life, barriers in career progression, underpayment, increased unemployment, and a substantial risk of becoming a victim of gender-based violence – as discussed before – there are also some positive developments as far as Portuguese women are concerned.  […]

Woman-1

‘Nothing about women without us’ – Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras The health of Portuguese women over 65 is worse than men, the 2021 report from the European Institute for Gender Equality claims. Only 12% assess their health positively (versus 18% in men) and 68% declare to have limitations in daily activities (56% in men). […]

Artisanal

‘Salt is the sea unable to return to the sky’ Salt is a mineral primarily composed of sodium chloride (NaCl). It either exists in a crystalline form – known as rock salt – or is diluted in seawater.In ancient times – when it was a rare and precious commodity – salt was used as part […]

Lithium

‘The challenge is to extract what we need without destroying the environment Lithium (stone in Greek) is a soft, light, silvery-white metal and a key ingredient in batteries for electric cars and mobile phones. Worldwide, Australia has the highest production (40,000 tonnes each year). Portugal is one of Europe’s largest producers of this so-called ‘white […]

Cobblestone

‘Watch out – Art under your feet! This spring Portuguese pavement (calçada) was presented in Lisbon as a candidate for UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.  As of last year a total of 1,120 World Heritage Sites – demarcated by UNESCO as protected areas – exist across 167 countries. Portugal has 17 sites, the most recent […]

Shortage-nurses

‘Just clapping doesn’t solve anything’ Despite the fact that Catarina Martins – the leader of the Left Bloc (BE) – regards the National Health Service (SNS) ‘a pearl of democracy’ and its workers ‘heroes and heroines’, working conditions are poor and staff shortages in public health threatening. After having reviewed the shortage of doctors in […]

Elections

‘Democracy has no owner’ (Carlos Moedas, new mayor of Lisbon) The ruling center-left Socialist Party (PS) of prime minister António Costa won the local elections with 34% of the votes. Although less convincing than 4 years ago, when the SP was able to take the lead in 160 of the 308 municipalities. This time the […]

Shortage-doctors

Lack of doctors, just when reinforcement is needed after Covid19 Despite the fact that Catarina Martins – the leader of the Left Bloc (BE) – regards the National Health Service (SNS) as ‘a pearl of democracy’ and its workers ‘heroes and heroines’, working conditions are poor and staff shortages in public health-threatening. Let’s first take […]

Displaced

‘Portuguese institutions are better prepared now’ – Ghalia Taki, Syrian refugee When Mustafa decided to flee Iraq five years ago and reached Portugal – via Syria, Turkey, and Greece – he was convinced to get asylum quickly. What he didn’t know was that the country was – at that time – ill-prepared in taking care […]