A new 100% Portuguese ‘competitor to Multibanco’ promises to revolutionise the way we deal with our money, starting as early as this summer.
Abypay - run by Easypay - involves, in the first stage, a smartphone app and “around 50 ATM machines”.
By December, the service will have expanded to at least five more countries.
Said Easypay’s president Sebastião de Lancastre: “We have developed a unique, revolutionary solution that will allow for instant money transfers to anywhere in the world, in any currency, in seconds and with costs of just a few cêntimos”.
Around 40 job vacancies have been announced by marine theme park, Zoomarine.
The Guia-based tourist attraction, which reopens on March 28, is hiring “fair-ride operators, a sound technician, shopkeepers, bird coach assistants, cleaners, a receptionist, camera operators and waiters”.
In another heroic bid to ensure public opinion is taken on board, ASMAA - the campaigning Algarve civic group fighting plans to turn the coastline into a drilling field - today lodged a 126-page legal bid at the Attorney General’s office, demanding an immediate block on any activity in the Alentejo basin.
The 500-paragraph challenge essentially maintains that the various concessions show “inumerous illegalities” in the way they have been awarded - starting first with the Galp/ ENI Santola field, due to begin drilling within weeks.
In what has become the most tortuous sale of a bank that is apparently worth nothing, regulators today have confirmed that “exclusive negotiations” are now going ahead with American equity firm Lone Star.
This is not really ‘news’, in that the choice of Lone Star was more or less confirmed over a month ago, as the “least bad option” (click here).
“It is inadmissible that in the 21st century the GNR is having to cope with these kind of situations”.
So says union boss José Alho in a story this week on the horrendous working conditions suffered by the presidential guard: a body of ten men whose “health and wallets” are compromised daily as a result of the abysmal conditions at their base at Calçada de Ajuda, in Lisbon.
“Mould, and water streaming from the ceiling, walls and floor, bunks above an armaments store, bathrooms and lavatories with no ventilation and only accessible through sleeping quarters”.
The funeral of a much-loved grandmother in Lagoa took an unhappy turn last week when relatives went to pay their last respects only to discover they didn’t recognise their loved one at all.
The body in the coffin they were laying to rest was much too thin, and appeared to have no teeth.
“When I saw the body in the church I said straight away, ‘that woman was not my grandmother’ because she was a heavy woman, and the woman I was looking at was much thinner than I am”, a shocked Carla Soares told Correio da Manhã.