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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:42 am

The opposition coalition and most of Portimão’s council employees are demanding the real reason for the Mayor's transfer of large chunks of the council's work to Portimão Urbis, itself subject to a major fraud enquiry.

I guess the opposition smelled rats when Mayor da Luz declared he was 'shocked' by the scandal and would be investigating himself.....

It's not all of Portugal, Sabot, outside the Algarve, the corruption seems to be at a similar level to any other country.  But 90% of the scandal and attempted cover-up IS in the Algarve region, which seems to think it is a separate state from the rest of Portugal.

And it's also rather incestuous; the same names keep cropping up in different scandals.


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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  Sabot on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:14 pm

Portugal isn't exactly a large country, and from what I have so far gathered those on The Algarve who have been involved in dirty dealings could have solved the National Debt problem unaided by the rest of Portugal.
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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:26 pm

Odd how little interest the Amaral supporters are showing in the saga of Portimao and the missing euromillions. Or maybe not. Wink 

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  Sabot on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:33 pm

Think of the fun they could have had if they had been on the other side. They would have made us look like tolerant peace makers.
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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:36 pm

If it wasn't so serious it would be funny, Sabot. They've got EVERYTHING wrong by 180 degrees.

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  Sabot on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:55 pm

I don't think they care, Bonny. I used to think that they were just stupid, but now I think it is just sport to them.
They are vile sludge, and they don't really care about who they hurt.
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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:29 pm

Wonder if Gonc will be calling the Deputy Mayor of Portimao as a character witness? What with Lovely Sofa working for him, and all? Pcorneater 

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  lily on Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:48 pm

I wonder if he has any friends who are not crooks that he can call?
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Post  bb1 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:41 pm

Looks like Team Gonc aren't as popular as they like to pretend - ex-Masonic Mayor of Santarem, Moita Flores, failed in his attempt to become mayor of Oeiras, where his supporters have been having fist-fights with the opposition.

Yesterday was local election day in Portugal:

http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/nacional/politica/resultados-nas-camaras-de-peso

The candidate independent movement Isaltino Oeiras More Ahead (IOMAF), Paul Views, said to be an "honor" succeed Isaltino Morais, "the best mayor in the country." Independent candidate, who took the victory by 22h30, drove a "big hug, full of longing" to Isaltino Morais, imprisoned since April 24 for tax fraud and money laundering to serve a sentence of two years. Since that day Paul Views, until then vice
president, assumed the office of Mayor of Oeiras.
The PSD candidate, Francisco Moita Flores, took the "defeat" in elections yesterday.


Still, that'll give the nasty old bullfight-supporting, PIDE remnant more time to support his good friend Gonc.

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:49 pm

http://www.dn.pt/Inicio/interior.aspx?content_id=3448619

We have the results we expected"
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The defeated candidate of the PSD camera Oeiras took the loss despite considering it was "the best campaign, the best design."
Moita Flores, a brief statement, took the "failure goal was to win the chamber Oeiras." And reiterated that the goal of his list was simply to serve the city and not the interests of another order.


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An end to Portimao Urbis ?

Post  Max on Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:18 am


Posted by portugalpress
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An end to Portimão Urbis?


Around 150 jobs hang in the balance but the situation is “untenable”. “There have to be changes,” mayoress Isilda Gomes was talking about Portimão Urbis, the beleaguered municipal company set up to “run the general interests of the borough” but which rapidly became mired in debt and scandal.

Interviewed by Correio da Manhã newspaper, Gomes outlined the terms of the working group now appointed to decide the disgraced firm’s future.

The possibility of “extinction” is squarely on the table, she admitted.

Portimão Urbis has for years been in the newspapers for all the wrong reasons - it owes well over €18 million, a sum that has been increasing by the year since its inception under the auspices of former mayor Manuel da Luz.

According to Gomes, legislation “determines the closure of municipal businesses that have been making a loss for three years”. Thus Urbis’ days may well be numbered.

Referring to the working group’s remit, Gomes explained that the objective is to “prepare the way that will be least painful for the employees and the town council”. The group has until March 31 to produce its report.

The study will determine the “impact” of integrating Urbis’ activities into those of the council, which currently employs around 1,000 staff.

Meantime, the firm’s former administrator and at least two former councillors, including a deputy mayor, face charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering in what has been known as the “Caso Portimão Urbis”.

Photo: Mayoress Isilda Gomes says a working group is analysing the situation regarding Portimão Urbis

http://portugalresident.com/an-end-to-portim%C3%A3o-urbis#sthash.vB12dda0.dpuf

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:49 am

former mayor Manuel da Luz.

So, Gonc's chum has got the boot, then?

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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  Pedro Silva on Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:45 am

My friends, this was taken from Diário de Notícias newspaper:

http://www.dn.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=3673612

Three convictions on 63 corruption cases

In 63 judgments on corruption, reported to the Corruption Prevention Council (CPC), relating to 2013, there were only three convictions, half of those in the previous year,in a universe of 60 cases.

According to the annual report of the CPC, that the DN had access, an increase of economic and financial sectors to engage the security and justice sectors crimes. Police and justice officials were involved, each group, in 8.5% of cases examined by the CPC. Local government remains the main focus of origin of this crime (30.2%), but with a significant reduction compared to 2012 where the share was 47.1%.
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Re: Corruption in Portimao and Portugal

Post  bb1 on Sat May 10, 2014 11:14 am

Bumping to remind readers what Morais doesn't want them to know.

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Post  lily on Sat May 10, 2014 2:44 pm

Good idea Bonny. I forgot how interesting that thread was.  Pcorneater 
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Portimão Urbis finally to be closed

Post  Max on Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:25 am


Portimão Urbis finally to be closed

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portimaocamaraPortimão council today announced it has approved the winding up of the municipal company Portimão Urbis and now has 15 days to submit plans on the fate of the remaining 111 company employees.

The proposal for the dissolution of Portimão Urbis was presented by the president of the municipality, Isilda Gomes, and approved unanimously on Thursday at a meeting of the Chamber.

No reason was given as to why the closure of the loss-making compoany has taken a year since Gomes took office, even her final announcement in July seemes to have been delayed for a further three months.

In a statement today, the council said that the president "was responsible for preparing the design of dissolution, liquidation and adsorption of staff in a plan to be submitted within 15 days for further deliberation by the House and the Municipal Assembly.”

"Notwithstanding this decision the Board found a compelling case for the the preservation and protection of company assets with a view to continuing activities ... as well as the recovery of the city's reputation with lenders," reads the document thus further confusing employees, ratepayers and the general public.

In July this year the mayor said that the decision to close the municipal company was being "balanced with the awareness that the lives of the employees of the company will be affected," aware as we all are that when companies close, workers get laid off.

The decision to abolish the municipal company resulted from an analysis performed over several months and concluded that "the risks to the municipality in keeping the company in business does not satisfactorily compensated for the costs associated with the operation of Portimao Urbis." - ‘Hemorrhaging cash,’ would be an equally accurate explanation.

"Within the dissolution, the skills, the company equipment and remaining liabilities will be transferred to the municipality as the sole shareholder."

According to the municipality, trying in desperation to claim it is working in behalf of ratepayers, "during the term of the current board of directors the company had a payroll of around €3.7 million a year which reduced to €2.1 million as the number of employees fell from 156 to the current 117."

This looks to be a decisive start to cutting staff but in fact the reduction in headcount was by the council itself taking on the employees.

Portimão council is one of the most indebted in the country, mainly due to the fiscally insane regime of the previous mayor Manuel da Luz who left the council €130 million in debt after a Imelda Marcos inspired spending spree or self-delusion and self-interest.

The council has tried, but not very hard, to access the Support Program for Local Economy so as to borrow money on a long term basis and pay off short term debts.

Portimão may now be able to access money from the Fund for Municipal Support but regarding Portimao Urbis, the closure is long overdue and the ratepayers would like to know how much debt has been transferred from Urbis to the council’s balance sheet.


http://algarvedailynews.com/news/3592-portimao-urbis-finally-to-be-closed

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Post  bb1 on Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:47 am

Thank you, Max. I wonder if Lovely Sofa was still employed by them?


Portimão council is one of the most indebted in the country, mainly due to the fiscally insane regime of the previous mayor Manuel da Luz who left the council €130 million in debt after a Imelda Marcos inspired spending spree or self-delusion and self-interest.

Aw, now that's no way to talk about Gonzo's chum!

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Post  lily on Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:06 pm

Birds of a feather, if you ask me.  Self-interest and fiscal insanity.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:58 pm

Imelda Marcos inspired spending spree

The mayor spent it all on SHOES? rofl rofl rofl

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Post  lily on Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:59 pm

bb1 wrote:Imelda Marcos inspired spending spree

The mayor spent it all on SHOES? rofl rofl rofl

rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl
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Mayor to close Portimao city hall

Post  Max on Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:01 am


Mayor to close Portimão city hall

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portimaoThe Mayor of Portimão says she will have to shut up shop if the Tribunal de Contas does not approve an insurance contract. The city hall, satellite council offcies, council cars and vans, and the city's buses soon will be left without cover and unable legally to operate.

At issue is a new, three year insurance contract which Isilda Gomes’ team has renegotiated to cover all the council’s insurance obligations as required by law.

The Tribunal's judges say that the council should never have agreed the contract without the available funds with which to pay the bill.  Isilda Gomes says that she is unable to run the council without insurance for employees and vehicles.  

The Court has acted within its remit and according to the rules set out to control council spending and it is clear Portimão has no money with which to pay the insurance company.  

This bill is slightly more than €673,000 for insurance for workplace accidents, personal injury, property, automobile and public liability for the next three years.

The socialist party’s mayor says that if she can’t have a guarantee that she can sign this insurance contract, then everything stops.

The Tribunal de Contas judges stated in their September musings that the municipality must "urgently find solutions to overcome these illegal situations - it is because of these illegalities that the council close to the edge –and persisting with a situation where their contracts frequently will be refused."

The council claims that it has not made a new agreement, which would need Tribunal authorisation, but that the contract replaces an old one, even though the proposed contract is with a different insurer.  

The council says that the deal is a good one as the cost of insurance cover has dropped from €750,000 to €673,730, a saving of over €76,000.

The Tribunal judges were not impressed as the council at the time of applying for authorisation was in the red to the tune of €146,476,670.

The judges are correct in their interpretation of the Law for Compromissos e dos Pagamentos em Atraso which was drafted and approved to stop mayors and senior council staff from making commitments without prior guarantees that the money is available to pay the bill, "...political appointees, directors, and managers responsible for accounting cannot make commitments that exceed the funds available."

The judges did not agree with the council’s claim that the insurance payment is a legal expense, mandatory and unavoidable that the municipality cannot do without, under penalty of sanctioned for failing to meet another legal obligation to insure its property and cover its staff and the public in case of accidents.

The judges are not being helpful but are somewhat at a loss to suggest what exactly Gomes now can do. They suggest that councils "take the necessary measures" for compatibility in compliance with all legal requirements, "and not put themselves in the situation where one law is violating another, which is the current situation in Portimão - easy to say, hard to do.

Isilda Gomes says that the council is still open for business because she has appealed the judges' decision.

"If the appeal is not accepted, and we cannot make contracts as in the past, I have no alternative but to close the doors."

The mayor claims that council vehicles "will not be able to be driven without insurance and that staff must be protected at work."  Without insurance, "not only the town hall will be shut down but also our schools will be without students as there will be no transport."

Gomes has been in contact with the Secretary of State for Local Government, António Leitão Amaro to inform him that with the rejection of the insurance contract by the Tribunal de Contas, she will be forced to shut down the council."

What has become clear is that Portimão council is in no better financial shape than when Gomes was elected over a year ago.

Central government has stuck to its ‘Support Programme for the Local Economy’ funding terms and therefore cannot help under the current rules.

Earlier this year Portimão council tried to borrow €94 million under the government's bailout scheme but the application was rejected by the judges. A request to banks for €39 million of refinancing was dependent on the council getting the government loan so this to was a non-starter.

Gomes’ chat with the Prime Minister in February promised much but has delivered zero. Portimão remains financially transfixed by the legacy of Manuel da Luz whose madcap extended spending splurge with no thought for future ratepayers has left Gomes with a situation that now seems beyond her capabilities.

The government must share the responsibility for Portimão's insolvency.portimaomayor


At the end of 2007 the council owed a manageable €30.5 million. After 5 years under the careful stewardship of mayor Manuel da Luz (pictured left) the council’s debt had risen to an incomprehensible €166.5 million and answers must be given from Lisbon as to how this council's financial situation was allowed to get so out of control, also as to how Manuel da Luz rose from relative obscurity to wealthy multiple property owner, all on a modest mayoral salary.

Doing business with Portimão council seems commercially pointless at this point in its colourful history as the settlement period being enjoyed by the council’s suppliers is five years and four months.

This delay makes the current insurance contract impasse seem rather ridiculous as the insurance company
knows that under the existing payment programme it will have to wait until 2020 to get paid.


http://algarvedailynews.com/news/3982-mayor-gomes-to-close-portimao-city-hall


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Post  bb1 on Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:20 am

At the end of 2007 the council owed a manageable €30.5 million. After 5 years under the careful stewardship of mayor Manuel da Luz (pictured left) the council’s debt had risen to an incomprehensible €166.5 million and answers must be given from Lisbon as to how this council's financial situation was allowed to get so out of control, also as to how Manuel da Luz rose from relative obscurity to wealthy multiple property owner, all on a modest mayoral salary.

Oh, I think we can all make educated guesses as to how Gonc's good chum and dining companion got so rich on other people's money...

Tick tock and all that.

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Post  lily on Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:12 pm

Shocked Oh no.....can't possibly be that Bonny.  We are consistently told how wonderful and upright all these people are.   He must have had some incredibly lucrative idea to make himself so wealthy by legitimate means. Pcorneater
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Post  bb1 on Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:17 pm

I wonder, is Portimao twinned with any US cities? Detroit, mayhap?

Interesting comments:

The corruption and financial mismanagement in this country never ceases to amaze me. Manual da Luz sould be in prison and all of his ill-gotten assets siezed. No doubt if Gomes had managed to turn around the council's finances then her head would also now be "in the trough".
What a disgusting bunch of criminal

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So did how Manuel da Luz rise from relative obscurity to wealthy multiple property owner, all on a modest mayoral salary ...???

This is what always stinks in these stories and has been common across Portugal - and ever more so since joining the EU.

Salazar if necessary would have just put a 'mad mayor' up against the wall and shot him / her.

Why is there no law enforced about misuse of public funds ? Because it is so common and Portugal so backward it cannot deal with these kinds of 'bandit barons' ???

Because this scum that has so damaged the country bring in votes ?

As often commented .... Portugal is hell bent on remaining the weakest link in the the chain of EU countries. Now that Greece is steaming forward with its 0.7% growth.



They'd better watch out, or Morais will be screeching at them for being 'Lusophobic'. Must check back and remind myself how money money the Algarve Film Commission - which had largely the same cast of characters - ripped off from the EU.

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Post  bb1 on Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:20 pm

Just a reminder of Amoral's involvement in all this, from the start of the thread:

http://madeleinemccannthetruth.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/well-well-well-goncalo-amaral-and-threats-and-accusations/

Well, well, well – Goncalo Amaral and threats and accusations
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