Portugal in World News (Number 156)

(RT) China & Portugal step up cooperation on New Silk Road initiative
Jul 13, 2017
Lisbon and Beijing are to broaden links as part of the Belt and Road Initiative which is bringing together dozens of countries in a global infrastructure project, Xinhua reports Thursday.
(Xinhua) China, Portugal to enhance parliamentary cooperation
Jul 12, 2017
Chinese legislature and Portuguese parliament should enhance cooperation to keep up with the general pace of bilateral ties, visiting Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang said on Wednesday.
(MacauHub) Chinese group Fosun expands healthcare network in Portugal
Jul 10, 2017
Luz Saúde, 96.12% owned by insurance company Fidelidade, has been authorised by the Portuguese Competition Authority to expand its activity with the total or partial purchase of companies in the industry, the company said in a statement released through the market regulator.
(Variety) Patrick Drahi’s Altice Buys Portugal’s Media Capital
Jul 13, 2017 
Continuing its acquisitions spree but this time in Europe, Patrick Drahi’s Netherlands-based Altice announced Friday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 94.7% of Media Capital, Portugal’s biggest media company, from Spanish media group Prisa.
(Reuters) Altice aims to grow business in Portugal after Media deal
Jul 14, 2017
Netherlands-based Altice has agreed to buy Portuguese firm Media Capital, the owner of TVI television channel, and said it wanted to expand its business in Portugal where it already owns the largest telecom operator PT.
(FT) Bain Capital Credit buys €1bn Spanish and Portuguese bad loans
Jul 11, 2017
Deals come as regulators push banks to offload their non-performing assets.
(Reuters) Draghi to speak softly after startling big stick at Sintra
Jul 14, 2017
No big changes are expected from the European Central Bank when it meets on Thursday, but a bit of tweaking may be on the cards.
(ESM) Nestlé Portugal Invests €5m To Expand Distribution Centre
Jul 13, 2017
Nestlé Portugal has announced that it is investing €5 million in a project to expand its distribution centre in Avanca.
(OBS) Governo quer voos diretos regulares entre Portugal e Japão até 2020
Jul 15, 2017
Ministro do Planeamento e Infraestruturas afirmou que espera que, “até 2020”, o ano em que Tóquio recebe os Jogos Olímpicos, haja voos diretos regulares entre Portugal e o Japão.
(GQ) Is Portugal the New Iceland?
Jul 16, 2017
Are a lot of your friends in Portugal right now, Instagramming beaches and sardines? Here’s why—and what to see when you eventually make your own trip.
(TEL) Why staying in derelict monasteries is the best way to explore Portugal
Jul 13, 2017
The monks never enjoyed this, I thought, as I swam a few lengths in the pool in the garden of their 14th-century monastery. Nor did the knight, who founded the holy order for which this impressive structure was the headquarters, benefit from a massage in the spa after a busy day defending his territory. 
(GUA) ‘Guardian of the forest’ routinely culled in Madeira
Jul 11, 2017
The Trocaz pigeon is a vital seed-disperser in one of the world’s rarest forest ecosystems, but its taste for cabbage has put it in direct competition with humans. Guess who wins?
(TheLedger) Budget Travel: Is Portugal the hottest destination in Europe?
Jul 14, 2017 
Currently, tourists visiting Portugal are finding a fascinating culture, one that was strengthened by an age of exploration in the 1400s to 1600s, in which Portugal’s sailors went around the world to colonize large segments of South America, India and Southeast Asia (Macau), becoming an imperial power. A visit to the awesome monument honoring these explorers will be a highlight of your stay.
(CNN) World Building of the Year 2017 shortlist revealed
Jul 7, 2017
Among the buildings which aim to blur the line between nature and the built environment are Amanda Levette’s design for MAAT — the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon — a sweeping structure located on the outskirts of they city that compliments the vast body of water in front of it.
(TheSouthAfrican) A hidden past in Portugal
Jul 11, 2017
There is much to see in Lisbon whose maritime history includes the exploration of the African coast as early as 1418, with the Cape discovered seventy years later.
(WIT) LETTER FROM LISBON: FROM KONICHIWA TO NI HAO AND SAWASDEE
Jul 13, 2017
It is funny how like with handbags, destinations too have their trends. For example, these days, you will see people everywhere carrying Anello backpacks – these bags aren’t particularly good to look at, they are unwieldy and cumbersome to use in my opinion but suddenly it seems everywhere you look, they are on some traveller’s back.
(SCMP) What’s on the menu for Casa Lisboa’s Hong Kong return?
Jul 10, 2017
Foodies can enjoy contemporary, exquisite dishes such as flame-grilled chunk rib ‘Preguinho’ and Portuguese octopus confit.
(Indian Express) Palette from Portugal
Jul 15, 2017
Freeze-frame moments of stately two-storeyed mansions painted in happy colours of bottle green, yellow and mustard, windows made of translucent oyster shells framed by delicate lace curtains, decorative cast iron grills juxtaposed against narrow lanes with women in saris selling greens in baskets, and balconies overflowing with pink and white bougainvilleas. It feels like I have walked into a street in Portugal. Fontainhas—the Latin quarter of Goa’s capital Panaji—is an otherworldly place of sepia memories and nostalgia.
(GlobalNews) Artist from Portugal hopes mural will help protect New Brunswick’s wood turtle
Jul 13, 2017
Art and activism have come together in the form of a mural that the artist hopes will inspire others to protect the very species he’s trying to create — the wood turtle.
(GazetteLive) Portugal diary: Setting the scene for Boro’s stint in the sun and Monk’s first friendlies
Jul 12, 2017
Philip Tallentire is over in Portugal for Boro’s pre-season training trip :: He offers an insight into the conditions and facilities in the Algarve.
(DW) Topless vacation home
Jul 16, 2017
At first glance, the house designed by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus looks unfinished – but that’s on purpose. This holiday home is meant to be open and to allow an unimpeded view of the landscape.
(AD) Step Inside Noemi Marone Cinzano’s Villa in Portugal
Jul 10, 2017
Winemaker Noemi Marone Cinzano uncorks her new getaway—a laid-back Portuguese villa designed inside and out by decorator John Stefanidis.
(ABC) El Centre del Carme acull este dijous una performance de l’artista portugués Pedro Barateiro
Jul 12, 2017
El jove artista és un dels més influents a Portugal amb obres com la de Sao Paulo o Berlín i exposicions en REDCAT de Los Angeles o la Kunsthalle de Basilea.
(Variety) Portugal Steps Into the Film Incentives Fray With 25% Refundable Tax Credit.
Jul 14, 2017
Studios and producers shopping around for incentives often consider obvious territories such as British Columbia, Georgia and the U.K, but there several smaller jurisdictions that offer a combination of good locations and lower costs.
(Goal) BARCELONA SIGN NELSON SEMEDO FOR €30 MILLION FROM BENFICA
Jul 16, 2017
The Portugal international is set to become the club’s third signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Marlon and Gerard Deulofeu.
(BS) Portugal paddler Freitas aims to do well in big events
Jul 12, 2017
Portugal’s top table tennis player Marcos Freitas says doing well in big tournaments like the Olympics, World or European championship matters more than world ranking. 
(ABC) Apoteósico debut de Manzanares en Campo Pequeño
Jul 14, 2017
El torero alicantino da cinco vueltas al ruedos y sale a hombros.