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...to our February Issue! It's time to pour yourself a coffee and see what we have in store for you this month. We had the chance to experience ‘A Barbershop with a twist’ in Loulé as we joined Alex and Dylan for an insight into their take on the ‘age old tradition’ The Barbershop – amazing! For all you jazz lovers out there – An evening and interview with Eveline & Govert Sakkers, who 10 years ago founded The Jazz Clube do Museu, in São Brás. A wonderful evening out with an impressive list of international musicians and vocalists! We also follow Dave & Alyson Sheldrake with friends on their first Algarve photography walk, we might even interest you in joining them on their next! Something new - We would like to introduce our new addition to our regular columns: the ‘Animal Health Column’ written by local Vet Dr. Jose Carlos Campos., giving us his advice on the best possible care for our ‘little’ or ‘not so little’ companions. As always, our regular columns will keep you well informed with the latest facts and figures on energy saving advice, finance news, local sport, currency news, golf tips, health advice and gardening. Do not forget keep us informed of your latest news worthy events! Feel free to email me at Denise@simplyalgarvemag.com Denise, Editor

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EDITOR Denise Grundy

ART DIRECTOR Jake Bassett

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CONTENTS

Contents NEWS

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PET HEALTH

WHAT'S ON

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PEOPLE

Your local news. Monthly guide to local events.

Caring for your companions.

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Photography walks with Dave Sheldrake..

PEOPLE 1010

PROPERTY

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ENERGY

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PROPERTY

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PROPERTY

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HOMES

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HEALTH

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FOOD

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The Oldschool Barbers of Loulé. Infrared heating panels.

The Jazz clube do Museu in S.Bras. Andy Mahoney awarded by BPM. Are you getting enough sleep?

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A map of Almancil and surrounding areas. A rising tide lifts all boats. The property of the month!

Updates from Anabela at the Bau 2017.

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FINANCE

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GARDENS

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GOLF

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SPORT

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An update on currency from Currencies Direct. An update from experts at All Finance Matters. Grow your own Citrus trees!

A golf tip from Monte Rei professionals. All the latest sports news from Chris Wright!.

Food made simple, with Marco Aleixo.

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NEWS

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DIGITAL MARKETING CONFERENCE IN VILAMOURA - AN ALGARVE FIRST

wo local movers and shakers, both marketing professionals, have set up the Algarve’s first Digital Marketing Conference. SHARE Algarve is supported by Vilamoura World and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vilamoura on February 4th. The objective is the sharing of knowledge between professionals and the Algarve’s business community while promoting debate on the evolution and future of Marketing. The agenda covers recent developments as well as news of the main digital platforms. Speakers include Ana Mendes, an expert on Facebook, Pedro

Caramez a LinkedIn expert and Google trainer, Marco Gouveia. The programme includes panel discussions where participants can have their questions answered by experts. The organisers intend to contribute to the development of the region’s businesses. Delegates, many from the hospitality industry, will ensure the conference is engaging and topical. Scott Bennett, the head of marketing at Vilamoura World, will be welcoming delegates to the conference and commented, "This meeting will bring together some of the best digital marketing professionals,” and he hopes this will be the first of many such events.

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UNEMPLOYMENT IN PORTUGAL CONTINUES TO DECREASE

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ortugal’s unemployment rate was down to 10.5 percent at the end of November 2016, according to a provisional figure from the national Statistics Institute (INE). The November figure for 2015 was 12.3 percent when the socialist government took over from the right-of-centre Passos Coelho coalition. The unemployment rate for

October 2016, now has been confirmed at 10.6 percent, down from the estimate of 10.8 percent. The number of people registered as out of work last November was 535,300. Unemployment among young people was 28.4 percent, slightly higher than in October last year, up 0.6 percent. For the adult population, the rate was 9.1 percent, down 0.2 percent.

FARO AIRPORT EXPANSION TO BE COMPLETED THIS JULY

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ivil engineering work at Faro airport will be completed early this summer, according to the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marques, although the work is privately funded. The €35 million current expansion and refurbishment works will enable Faro Airport to cater for the expected increase in passenger traffic. In 2016, Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA) announced that 7.6 million passengers had passed through the Algarve’s only airport, a new record, after a growth of 18.5%. Numbers in 2016 were up 18.7% on the year before and the trend continues. The completed work will allow an increase of the terminal's capacity to board and disembark 2,400 to 3,000 people per hour. The airport will have grown from 81,200 m2 to 93,120 m2, with a modernised security and retail area. The number of aircraft landing and taking off can be increased from 24 per day to 30 with parking facilities for 37 aircraft, up from the current 30. The new security area is opening next week with six additional security check points, to be followed in the first quarter of this year by the first new check-in area at the north side of the terminal. The remaining areas will be progressively opened, with completion scheduled for July this year. According to ANA, owned by the French infrastructure group, Vinci, its investment in Faro Airport will come to €78 million from between 2009 and 2017.

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What’s On Your guide to what’s on in the Central Algarve, brought to you by www.simply-algarve.com D DE DESENHO - ART EXHIBITION

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de Desenho - D is for Drawing: this exhibition of drawing and painting by Jorge Leal runs from 28th January until 1st April at Lagos Cultural Centre.

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aula at Dare U will be hosting an opening party for the new space on the 11th of Feb from 17:30 - 20:30. Wine and finger food will be served free of charge during that time, cocktails and other drinks are available. Feel free to stop by and get to know the place, from the Lounge bar to the Beauty salon to the Womens Fashion area. Contact 963 529 144 / 911 572 265 for more details.

REVUE: FLIGHTS OF FANCY

F 39TH CARNIVAL SAILING REGATTA

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ilamoura Marina hosts the 39th Carnival Sailing Regatta, a sailing event that will color the waters of Vilamoura with hundreds of candles during the days 9th to 11th of February. The tournament, organized by the International Club of Vilamoura Marina, is a classic on the Portuguese sailing calendar.

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ollowing the success of God Save Our Leaking Roof two years ago, The Algarveans Experimental Theatre group are now well into rehearsing a sequel. With a theme of flying on budget airlines, the 2017 Revue - Flights of Fancy, is a hilarious take on what we have no doubt all readers have experienced, comprised of 16 short, humorous sketches with musical interludes. David Butler-Cole, a longtime member of the group, conceived the revue and is also directing the cast of fifteen. The show will run at the Mascarenhas Gregório theatre in Silves for three evening performances, March 2 – 4 starting at 8pm. The following week there will be two more performances at the Auditorium in Vale de Lobo, March 10 and 11 at 8pm and 5pm respectively.  Tickets cost €12 and can be reserved by calling 966 211 634 or 913 723 611.

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he art of the ‘Cut-throat Razor’, the age-old tool of the traditional Barber is one that Alex and his business partner Dylan have perfected! We joined Alex and Dylan at ‘Alex’s Barbershop’ in Loule to see for ourselves how this very traditional method of Gentlemen’s Grooming is very much alive in a great untraditional setting! Alex’s Barbershop offers all its clients, across all generations, a great place to either design or redesign their hair or beard with all the classic cuts, together with modern twists that reflects the demand of the ‘younger gentleman about town’. The beard and moustache fashions of today demand both precision and stylish cutting, most of which have taken their inspiration from the old classics. Alex and Dylan’s repertoire give a very personal and individual look for even their most disconcerning of clients

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looking for that perfectly groomed image. Alex’s Barbershop was opened in Loule one year ago, gaining popularity and cutting its way to a success ever since. The dream for Alex did however start out when faced with leaving school; his main priority was that he needed a career. Alex always had a very individual personal sense of style, which at that time made it very difficult to find a hairstylist who could keep his then ‘psycho quiff’ haircut in perfect shape. Put the two together and a dream was born! The answer was there for all to see – the art of hairdressing was calling. Unfortunately, what Alex had in mind was not a traditional path and training in Barbershop techniques in London would have lead him down a very expensive route as this training was not possible here in Portugal. Therefore, Alex took the accepted route of hairdresser training and then,

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once qualified, took ‘the road less travelled’ and followed in his Dutch Barbershop idols footsteps ‘The Schorem Brothers’ and let his creative talents loose! Alex researched all he could in the art of ‘Barbershop’ - the tools, the techniques, the cuts, learning trade secrets along the way – The art of Gentlemen's Grooming was coming to Loule. Alex would be the first and the best! Alex began by opening a small shop at home, just for family and Friends, to showcase his skills and bring into play his creative flare. This very quickly began to grow, showing Alex that the time and decision to take the next step forward had at long last arrived. One of Alex’s school friends, Dylan made the decision to join him and together they began to design the Barbershop. For Alex and Dylan the interior of the Barbershop had to have the right feel and reflect their twist on the modern Barbershop. Alex has a passion for collecting and restoring old motorcycles and cars which gave him the perfect opportunity to incorporate this into the design of the Barbershop. It started with the restoration of an original Barbershop chair from Lisbon, which Alex brought back to its former glory with black leather upholstery and black two-tone painted metalwork. A much beloved 1950’s Voltswagen Beetle engine was stripped and now sports its original windscreen together with the original tax and inspection tags to form a coffee table. Not to mention an array of Motorcycle, Car and classic Barbershop

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Magazines perfectly placed around the shop. A Large black leather settee gives clients a chance to wait in comfort. A 1950’s style fridge chills beers for those hotter days and for regulars who need refreshment after a long days Work, or just chatting with the boys while they wait or plot their next new look. Reclaimed wood fashioned into reception desk and cutting areas give a solid feel to the whole shop; skateboards make great shelves for all the usual grooming lotions and potions. Lots of barbershop and old car memorabilia adorn the walls. Original shaving product packaging, tortoiseshell combs, badger-hair brushes, cut-throat razors and clippers are on display in cabinets, showing that this is one art where the tools have changed very little over the years. The shop creates a sense of time lost from the 50’s ‘American Roadster’ theme to modern day; a reflection of all that is Alex’s passion which creates a real feel of being part of their world. In fact, there is a guitar that hangs on the wall from the days when both Alex and Dylan were in a band ‘The Cliffhangers’. Their claim to fame was that they did play one concert to an audience of 500 strong. But, for now the guitar hangs on the wall. The list of types of shaves ranges from cut-throat razor, scissors

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or barbershop clipper or a combination. If you chose the full barbershop shave experience there is a pre-shave shampoo, traditional shaving foam applied with badger hair shaving brushes, hot towels placed on the skin to allow skin to absorb and adjust before the luxury that is the professional ‘barbershop shave’, finished with the grooming products of your choice. Alex and Dylan are invited to show their skills at Motorcycle Fairs, American Car and Motor shows along the Algarve. In Loule they have become a part of people’s lives from first shaves to their first haircuts and their first beards and from their youngest client 2 years of age to their oldest who is 80 years young. As with all entrepreneurs, Alex has plans for the coming year; his girlfriend Catia will work alongside Alex and Dylan to provide a chance for gentleman grooming to take a step further by providing facials and treatment to enhance the ‘Alex Barbershop Experience’. Alex and Dylan will always tell you that, “whenever you need to impress, a shave and haircut is where it starts. You do not get a second chance to make a first ‘well groomed’ impression.” ALEX’S BARBERSHOP, LOULE. Tel 912 105 047 Facebook.com/ alexbarbershop16

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ENERGY

Infrared heating Can you spot the enviromentally friendly, instant heating?

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e are so used to the great climate in Algarve that we soon forget the winters can spoil our fun very quickly. Actually, it is not the cold that makes life hard when winter arrives, it is the humidity! Algarve experiences up to 80-90 percent humidity during the nights in winter; everything gets wet, including our homes. It will take some time, but the humidity only goes inwards and, after a few months, we notice the damp and mould arriving inside our homes around January. Not only uncomfortable but very unhealthy! Poor insulation, temperature differences between rooms and humidity are all reasons for when the colder season starts we all see our electricity bill rise again. Electric heating is a very expensive luxury nowadays, especially in Portugal! Conventional heating only heats the air, which rises up. It also quickly cools down again as soon as we stop heating it making it a small fortune to keep it at a comfortable temperature. A great alternative for these expensive ways of making your life more comfortable: Infrared Heating. There are 2 lines: a basic line with Ceramic Infrared panels and Herschel, the High end line of Infrared Heating Panels. The High End Herschel line have Glass panels, Metal panels, Ceiling panels and

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even Mirrors! Infrared heating panels heat the Fabric of the room and all objects including yourself, which in turn radiate back and hold the temperature much longer. The results are stunning! It saves about 50 percent on your heating bill compared to conventional heating along with many more advantages: • It is harmless to the human body • No air circulation making it perfect for people with allergies • 100 percent environmentally friendly: NO CO² emissions • Instant heating, avoiding mould and damp • Easy to install. • Available in White, Mirrors or even your own photos This makes Infrared Heating Ideal not only for Homes but also Restaurants, Bars, Offices, Clinics, Yoga lessons, Gyms, Storage, Greenhouses, etc! SHS did a study comparing Infrared heating with conventional electric heating and obtained the following results: • A room of 30m² will need about 2 electrical heaters each using 2kw/ hour to keep the room a comfortable temperature. • Consumption by Electrical heaters: 2x 2000w = 4000w • Hours needed per day: 6-8 hours x 4kw = 24-32kw • EDP costs per day: 24-32kw x €0,24 = €5.76 - €7.68 • EDP costs per month: 31 days = €178 - €238

• EDP costs per year (4 months winter): between €700 and €950 With Infrared Heating panels only 2x 1000w are enough for the same area. • Consumption by Infrared Heating: 2x 1000w = 2000w • Hours needed per day: 6-8 hours x 2kw = 12-16kw • EDP costs per day: 12-16kw x €0,24 = €2.88 - €3.84 • EDP costs per month: 31 days = €89 - €119 • EDP costs per year (4 months winter): Only between €356 and €476 This is saving about €475 per year and covering the cost of the unit in only 3-4 years! Infrared Outdoors: If you like to sit outside on your veranda or patio in spring and autumn, the Infrared Patio Heaters are even more efficient and give you a great outdoor experience even in the low seasons. Smart Thermostats: If you like to have better control over your heating, Smart Thermostats offer a great number of options to better the control of your environment. You can control each room individually with Smart Wireless Thermostats, for Infrared, Conventional and even Underfloor heating. You can centrally control and override with a main Touch Screen Control Panel and you even have a phone app to remotely control and monitor ambient and setpoint temperatures In each room. For more information call 932 650 496, email: info@shs-pt.com

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All that Jazz! An evening with the Jazz Blube do Museu, S. Bras de Alportel founded by Eveline and Govert Sakkers

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spent an amazing afternoon with Dutch Founder Members of The Jazz Clube do Museu, São Brás de Alportel, Eveline and Govert Sakkers. From their Home, just outside São Brás de Alportel, the traditional Dutch coffee flowed, together with as many Stroopwafels as I could eat, as the tale unfolded of their love of jazz and how they founded The Jazz Club, just over 10 years ago. Eveline and Govert have been married for 37 years and they would definitely say that music is both their passion and their greatest joy. Both musicians, Eveline a saxophonist and Govert, a bass guitarist, have performed at the Club in the early years, but now leave the stage to their many international professional and amateur guest performers. Strangely, It was thanks to a very good friend who himself, an accomplished musician, decided to take matters into his own hands by renting a saxophone for 3 months for Eveline and offering her lessons. In turn, Govert decided that it was time to delve into his passion for bass guitar and also had lessons. They joined forces, encouraged and supported each other in their musical quests, which of course, have now become their 26 year long ‘saxophone and bass guitar affair’. In their early music days together they attended concerts in bars and jazz clubs in The Hague in Holland. Jazz being very popular in Holland and very much a Sunday afternoon event for Eveline and Govert, it seemed a natural step to take once the opportunity arrived, to re-create that same experience for their fellow ‘jazz followers’ here in the Algarve. However, this took time, as their search for live performances of Jazz was a difficult one, leading them across the Algarve, the nearest venue being Vilamoura, Olhao and Faro, but none seemed to be on a regular basis. They became very frustrated with their search until they had 2 major turning

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points, firstly, a meeting at a party with a teacher of music from the Associação Filarmonica de Faro and secondly, their introduction to ‘music guru’, Sr. Zé Eduardo, who held several workshops in Spain and Tavira, which Eveline and Govert attended. These workshops enabled Eveline and Govert to meet fellow musicians and gave them the final push to take the next very obvious step for them – Open their own Jazz Club! The old 19th Century palace, which is now the Museum at São Brás was the perfect venue to hold their events. They approached the Director of the Museum Sr. Emanuel Sancho and through the ‘Friends of the Museum Association’, who have brought 30 various international active groups of to the Museum, gained their full support for the Jazz Club’s monthly gatherings and special events. Since opening their doors 10 years ago, they have organised 120 concerts and their search for artists has brought musicians and vocalists from Spain, Cuba, Venezuela, Switzerland, Holland, Brazil, Germany, England, Italy, Sweden and of course Portugal. Govert is the official photographer for the club and has an amazing collection of their visiting artists. Over the years various artists have brought their personal touch to the Jazz Club, one of which is a painting the ‘Jazz Clubs Panel’ that hangs as a backdrop on stage by Designer/Architect Sr. Miguel Mendoza. Another exciting addition was a painting

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that was created during an outdoor concert by the artist Sr. Alfredo Coelho, who painted the image of Eveline and Govert ‘in full Jazz swing’ upside down so that it was impossible to see the subjects until it was finished. Eveline and Govert work hard to ensure that the Club offers something a little different - Jazz for all tastes from Traditional, Main Stream, Bebop, Funk, Latin and Blues, making this a blend and combination of all styles and schools of Jazz. Their artists’ range from duo’s to big bands. During the summer the concerts are held outside in the courtyard, which offers and amazing evening. Last summer, was the 10th year celebration of the Jazz Club which attracted 500 visitors. This year, a ‘Blues Festival’ is planned on 8th July which is promising to be a major event. The day will begin with Jazz being played in various bars in Sao Bras and then in the evening the final concert will be in the beautiful courtyard of the Museum. There will be 3 bands and a DJ. This will definitely be a day not to be missed! The Club offers great evenings in a relaxed atmosphere for regulars and newcomers alike to enjoy Jazz with friends. Everyone is made welcome! Each month on the 3rd Sunday you will find a concert in the Museum, except for August and December when they close. Tickets are available on the night, but it is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get the best seats in the house or courtyard! See you there!

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Honoured by British Prime Minister! Andy Mohoney, creator of Centre Algarve is presented with the points of light award by British Prime Minister Theresa May

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ndy Mahoney has been honoured by British Prime Minister Theresa May for creating Europe's first specialist special needs holiday centre at Moncarapacho. Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in the community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award. First established by President George Bush several thousand US Points of Light have been recognised in the USA. UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014. Andy was given the Points of Light award after embarking on a personal crusade some eight years ago, to help those with special needs experience opportunities previously denied to them due to the lack of adequate facilities. In a personal letter, the Prime Minister congratulated Mr Mahoney on his achievements. "The Centre Algarve you set up is supporting people with special needs and their families to be able to enjoy the experience of visiting a foreign culture in a safe environment. Across the world British volunteers like you are helping to build a better world for everyone. The Points of Light award is a small thank you on behalf of the whole country, in recognition of your exceptional service." Andy Mahoney, who is very much hands-on and regularly takes time out to visit the

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centre, said: "I'm honoured to receive the Points of Light award. It is recognition not only for me, but for all the volunteers and staff that have helped make the Centre Algarve such a special place. Our aim is to develop a safe, secure centre in mainland Europe enabling families, schools and groups with special needs to holiday in the knowledge that they have a safe environment with the facilities that they require. With the help of some very special people, we will continue the work of enabling people to have a holiday that they could not normally have. To have had so many people involved is truly inspiring." Kirsty Hayes, the UK's Ambassador to Portugal, said: "I'm delighted that Andy's work has been recognised in this way. For over ten years, Andy has been working with special needs children. It is truly a remarkable initiative and the Prime Minister's Points of Light award is a fitting tribute to Andy's vision and dedication." Centre Algarve is a remarkable story of how one man has inspired hundreds of volunteers to create a unique facility. Seven years ago a large run down quinta was purchased and the first steps taken on an arduous journey that would have defeated lesser men! But Andy Mahoney, Managing Director of a company that transports daily a thousand people with special needs to and from schools and specialist centres throughout the East of England, is made of sterner stuff. Digging deep into his pocket and with financial support

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from his company, Andy established the 24x7 Special Needs Holiday Trust Charity which now oversees the development of this exciting project. A great deal of thought and planning has gone into the project which features sensory gardens, tranquil areas, a small zoo including meerkats and aviaries where children can feed the birds, education areas, soft play area, outdoor play area, raised planting areas, picnic spots, swimming pool with hoists, shallow pool for young children and specialist disabled bedrooms with adjoining hygiene rooms and ceiling hoists. Belinda Willis, who manages the centre with her management team, has welcomed volunteers from all corners of the globe including Bulgaria, Germany, Australia, Romania, Ukraine, Netherlands, USA, Ireland and the UK. It is these unsung heroes who Andy has enthused to help make the dream come true. The final word must go to Andy who said, "After many years of hard work it was a very special moment when the first children arrived and fed the ducks, smelt the flowers and herbs, marvelled at the exotic birds and were able to play in a safe environment.� Chris Wright To learn more about this amazing project and to discover how you can help go to: www.centrealgarve.org Email: info@centrealgarve.org or phone Centre Manager Belinda Willis (00351) 961 917 917. In the UK: Andy Mahoney 01279 816126. UK Registered Charity 1136050

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HEALTH

Sleep.. Are you getting enough?

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he term sleep disorder may suggest someone tossing and turning all night, but lying awake for hours with insomnia is just one example of many conditions that affect how you sleep and function during the day. In fact, you can have a sleep disorder and not even know it. There's no normal number of hours that quantifies a good sleep. Most adults need seven to nine hours a night; others manage just fine with six. It's even possible to get too much sleep, because spending excess time in bed can be a sign of another health problem, such as depression or chronic fatigue syndrome. Finding your own ideal sleep/wake cycle is key to healthy sleep, says Carol Ash, medical director of the Sleep for Life center in Hillsborough, N.J. In a British study, scientists also found that people who are consistently sleep deprived (defined as sleeping five hours or less a night) are at greater risk for

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high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. Insufficient sleep also raises your risk for obesity, diabetes, depression, alcoholism, and automobile accidents. Plus, a 2007 University of California–Berkeley study confirmed the obvious: Sleep deprivation directly affects areas of the brain that deal with mood and concentration. Doctors need to look at both the quantity and the quality of sleep to detect a problem. When it comes to sleep quality, problems aren't always obvious to patients. An insomniac who lies awake at night can easily tell that something is wrong, for example, but someone with sleep apnea might have no idea there's a problem. The most telling sign of a disorder is how you feel during the day. If you generally wake up alert and refreshed, you're a healthy sleeper. If you chronically wake up sleepy, irritable, and unfocused, you may have a sleep disorder. Source: www.health.com

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PET HEALTH

Caring for you pet after an encounter with a processionary caterpillar

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he Pine processionary caterpillar, *Thaumetopoea pityocampa* is a moth whose larvae inhabit and feed on pine trees all over the World, but mostly in the Mediterranean region. They are very common in the Algarve, and because the moths are attracted to the sillouete of the pine trees, they are likely to inhabit single pines and those at the border of the forest line. This means they are just as likely to be encountered in a single pine tree in a back yard, as in a pine forest. After hatching, pine caterpillars have poisonous hairs from stages L3 through L5, but most of the time they live in the trees, posing little threat to humans and animals. However, from January to April, the L5 larvae descend from the trees to bury themselves in the ground and complete their lifecycle.

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They climb down the trees in processionlike lines, which no other caterpillar in the region does, and it is during this time that most accidental encounters with humans and dogs take place. Contact with the pine processionary caterpillar (lepidopterism) produces a strong inflammatory response on skin and on the mucous membranes of the mouth and eyes. The resulting inflammatory reaction can quickly lead to increases in body temperature, rapid breathing, respiratory distress, swelling of the face and head, profuse salivation and tissue necrosis, with life threatening consequences. Contact with the pine processionary is one of the most urgent conditions a pet owner can face in our region. The most immediate signs are excessive drooling, discomfort or pain in the mouth and tongue, swelling of the face and

head, and changes in breathing. If you recognize these signs, your pet needs immediate medical attention. While you reach a vet, the best way to help your friend is to repeatedly rinse the affected areas with clean water (with special attention to mouth and eyes). The poisonous hairs are dangerous to humans too, so try to avoid contact with your bare skin, mouth or eyes. As soon as you get to your vet, your pet will be provided emergency care in order to increase chances of survival and reduce the likelihood of irreversible damage to the affected areas. The sooner care is provided, the greater chance your friend has of surviving this encounter. If you would like to contact Dr. Jose Carlos Campos then call 289 422 286.

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Photography walks Interested in learning more about all those buttons on your camera? Then this is the activity for you!

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or some time now Dave Sheldrake has wanted to organise an informal group to help people to become a better photographer. The idea is not to offer formal teaching, but to create events advertised via a Facebook Group page where people can meet up at different locations across the Algarve and then walk and talk and take photographs. During these walks Dave will offer his help and share some of his favourite places across the Algarve along the way. Having been a professional photographer based in the Algarve for over five years now, it's a dream come true for Dave. The first of his Algarve Photography Walks took place on the 17th of January. The setting was the beautiful Sítio das Fontes near Estombar, Lagoa - And what a fabulous day it was – brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine greeted them at the Fontes. The group members were all keen to get

going and make new friends – 'it was a lovely relaxed and friendly group that gathered round to find out what was in store for the afternoon' - A comment from Alyson Sheldrake in her blog post after the walk. The walks are designed to last two hours, and will be a combination of quick demonstrations with lots of opportunities to try things out and get advice and help along the way. The group were quickly off exploring the beautiful landscape and river walk together – they were also enjoying the chance to come ‘off auto’ and discover what all the buttons and settings on their cameras are for… There was a lovely mix of abilities and cameras across the group. The idea is simply to encourage everyone and get them enjoying their photography – whatever their ability or experience and regardless of what type of camera they have.

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There is no charge for the walk – Dave will be asking people to make a donation (if they can) at the end of each walk and all of the money collected will be donated to charity. As someone said on the walk as they assisted Dave with helping someone with their Nikon camera – “It’s lovely to be able to help people” Another aim is that each walk will cover different aspects of photography in a relaxed way. The group are also encouraged to post up their photos and work onto the Facebook Group’s page after each walk – Dave will also be sharing his work and tips on the site too. You can find out more about the group and information on the next walk via the group’s Facebook page: Algarve phtography walks. The following pictures are a mix from group members who participated in the walk at Sítio das Fontes.

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"Lovely relaxed morning walk with our cameras - great to meet new enthusiastic people. Thanks Dave for supervising us and the two models Soraya and Billy." Pia Alexandra Cross

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Property advice from expert Robert Bjiker, Yellow Homes

hen it comes to the desirability of property, it is all about location, location, location. But for property prices in general, liquidity, liquidity, liquidity is just as important. This does not refer to how easy it is to trade in and out of property, but liquidity in the financial system. Money supply can either stimulate or slow down

demand. A rising tide lifts all boats. The abundance of cheap and easy money from a loose monetary policy has benefited economic growth and employment. It also inflates prices of financial assets and could potentially lead to another economic bubble. With ultra low interest rates investors in search of a higher yield are accumulating riskier asset classes such as junk bonds and other exotic investments.

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The property market is also benefiting from this. Yields in real estate are out stripping other assets such as bonds, giving a boost to the industry. Not only does a buy to let property generate a higher annual return but it can also be of use for family holidays. Over time there can be upside potential from price appreciation, which is something a saving account doesn’t offer. Over the years the ECB has been very accommodative and the outlook is that this will remain the same in 2017 and possibly beyond until the ECB sees signs that the economic recovery is on a more solid footing with core inflation near their 2 percent target. With the financial system being flush with liquidity, it is normal that some of the money finds its way into financial assets. The recovery in house prices in Portugal is just one example. However, with property prices some 30 percent below the previous peak the market is far from being overheated. The changes made a few years ago to local lodging legislation have made investment in real estate even more attractive. This legislation requires owners who rent out their property on a short term basis to holidaymakers to register at the local tax department as a business activity. The advantage of this so called ‘simplified regime’ is 85 percent of rental income was automatically considered as an expense

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with the law the current government thought it is far easier to increase tax revenues by simply decreasing the part that is considered as an expense and therefore exempt from income tax from 85 percent to 65 percent. In other words, rental income in 2017 is taxed over 35 percent of your short term rental income at a rate of 25 percent, which results in a final rate of 8.75 percent of total rental income. Rental income from long

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AU, the Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is held every two years in Munich, Germany. It sets standards and is the industry's most important gathering for everyone involved in planning, building and designing buildings, i.e. architects, investors, industry and trade representatives, building tradesmen, etc. It is an international context, where a huge number of international leading exhibitors, presented their products and innovations, making the trade fair the most important event in the European construction industry. 75,000 architects and engineers from all over the world attended this year the BAU 2017. Three key themes for future of buildings were: - Intelligent buildings including home automatisation and intelligent facades - Digital design, construction and management - Living and building 2020 Intelligent building involves smart building control systems

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which predict the residents' behaviour. Networking the residents' mobility profile with the buildings' energy requirements and general conditions such as weather, sunlight and temporary electrical consumption. Looking at the new generation of people growing up, they consider the extensive use of digital services completely normal. This new generation will discover its own focal points such as convenience and security. A smart building has so many more of them to offer than was even imaginable 25 years ago, when the digitalisation of building engineering began. Today systems have already been introduced that automatically set a comfortable room temperature without the residents having to remember it when they get home from vacation. Doors automatically open as soon as a resident approaches via face recognition or fingerprint reader and then lock themselves again when he/she leaves the apartment or building. Lights switch on before a motion sensor can even react, concrete that lights up when you touch it - a clever way

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of finding systems or simply as decoration. Mailboxes will send a text message when the mail arrives and washing machines will use the lowest electricity rate. If we even have to pay for electricity at all, because the smart building of the future will also be energy self-sufficient. The building itself will become an “Internet of things” that is constantly connected with the residents and the rest of the world. By the year 2025 around two-thirds of the world's population will be concentrated in urban areas. A 50 percent rise in primary energy demand is predicted as a result of this, also a further rise in carbon emissions. For the cities of tomorrow, it means that a whole host of different aspects have to be taken into account, at the planning, construction and operation stages. Advancing digitalisation can be solution for this cities. The vison for todays future must be the carbon-neutral, energyefficient and climate-adapted city and many solutions have been shown on this show.

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FOOD

Naturally Delicious and Easy to Prepare By Marco Aleixo

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ur region's cuisine undoubtedly has a rich and varied heritage that deserves to be preserved and perfected. When we speak of something being genuine, it is good to remember that Portugal and the Algarve in particular have the oldest political frontiers in all of Europe. Our regional cuisine is something we should be proud of as it is genuine, varied, rich and healthy. The Algarvian cuisine is a combination of flavours from a generous sea with the aromas and colours of land produce, which come both from the barrocal (the central area between the Serra to the north and the Coast in the south) and the mountain areas, to produce a variety and richness of flavours which are very particular to Algarvian cuisine. When we drive up through the "barrocal" towards the mountains, we come across a change in cooking habits, which is a result of the widely developed agriculture in the area. Here we find a predominance of farm produce and meat represented in dishes such as chickpea and cabbage, lamb or kid stew, fried chicken, xarém (polenta) and Algarvian fava beans stew. Fava bean stew is a popular local dish during the cool, wet winters of the Algarve, it is warm and filling. I have added my own twist to this traditional recipe with some special ingredients and so I can call it Fava Bean Stew Marco Style.

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Food made simple Ingredients: • 800 grams of fava beans • 150 grs of black chorizo (black ​​ pudding) • 150 grs of red chorizo • 150 grs of Farinheira sausage (ask at your local market or supermarket) • 3 onions • 2 garlic cloves • 3 Tablespoons of tomato sauce • 1 dl of olive oil 1dl is 1litre :10 – 1litre is 10 dls • 150 grs of fresh bacon • 1 handful fresh coriander • 1 pinch of fresh mint • 1 pinch of orange zest for the plate • 1 pinch of garlic sprouts for the plate • 1 pinch of tosted almonds

Preparation: Shell the beans. Wash in cold water and drain off the water. Put the beans in a pot and add enough water to cover the beans and boil for about 8 minutes. Drain the beans and reserving a little of the water from the pot, reserve the beans in a bowl. Peel garlic cloves and chop finely. Cut the black and red chorizo into wheels and the bacon into small slices. Wash and dry the pot and return to the stove. Pour in olive oil and let warm on medium heat, add the chorizo and bacon. Add the sliced onions and garlic and let it brown without burning. Then, add the beans and a little of the reserved bean water. Add the tomato sauce, the farinheira sausage and the bacon. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 15 minutes. To finish Sprinkle with coriander and fresh mint. Plate with the orange zest and the garlic sprouts in a soup plate.

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Chefs tip: 'You can use also a electric slowcooker to stew all the ingredients. As complement serve with lettuce or arugula salad with coriander and onions or cooked rice. Fava beans can also work as a complement for fried pork or fried fish.' Executive Chef Marco Aleixo heads the kitchen team at Vaults Restaurant in Almancil. He is a certified chef from the Hotel and Tourism School in Faro and has over 15 years kitchen experience in the Algarve. He is co-founder of the Algarve Cuisine Academy which offers cooking demonstrations and lessons to the public. Since 2001 he has also been responsible for producing the annual culinary guide to the Algarve “Guia Gastronomico do Algarve”. He has taught culinary arts at the Hotel and Tourism School in Faro and performs show cooking and special events for Makro, including “cavala algarvia”, the horse mackerel project. Following in the footsteps of his father, Marco became a member of Skål International: Travel Professionals Organization in 1986.

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Fiery start to the year as leaders’ speeches get markets’ attention Keep up to date with our currency expert, Client Account Executive Chantelle Frater

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t has been a fiery start to 2017, with the markets having to decipher the outcome of speeches given by some of the world’s most powerful political figures, Theresa May and Donald Trump. As a result, Sterling has been the biggest mover; after hitting worrying lows early in the New Year, it has rebounded on the back of British PM Theresa May warning European leaders that the UK is prepared to crash out of the EU if she cannot negotiate a reasonable exit deal. Although May mentioned that the UK could be the EU’s “best friend” if the article 50 divorce talks went well, she also said she was prepared to walk away, which sent alarm bells ringing around the Eurozone. It appears that the PM’s plan is built around 12 principles for a clean Brexit and included a call for the UK to leave the single market and to avoid the EU’s immigration rules and being subject to the European court of justice. Whilst all eyes of late have been on the Brexit plan, there is expected to be a shift in the market

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Six things you should know about the New Additional IMI Tax Keep up to date with our Finance expert, chartered accountant Ricardo Chaves from All Finance Matters.

'This new tax replaces the Stamp Duty Tax, which was in force until 2016'

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he start of 2017 brought with it a new property tax, which is called additional IMI Tax. This new tax replaces the Stamp Duty Tax, which was in force until 2016 and was based on the tax value of each property for housing Above EUR 1 million. The main difference between this new tax and the previous one, is that the taxation will focus on the owner (and the value of his assets) instead of the individual value of each property. In other words, in the past you were only taxed if you owned a property that was worth over 1 million Euros, now it is the combined value of all the properties and your assets - also the amount is lower (starts at 600.000€). What is the additional to IMI? It is a tax that is levied on the sum of the assets of residential real estate, owned by individuals and companies, with a value of more than 600,000 euros, and which is added to the IMI. Please note that the value considered for tax purposes, is the value registered at the tax office, which in most cases is lower than the market value or the purchase price. Real estate classified as; commercial, industrial or service; is excluded from this tax. Who pays for what? Individuals will be subject to the AIMI whenever the sum of the Property Tax Value of all their properties exceeds 600,000 euros, regardless of the individual value of each. Thus, the AIMI rate to be applied will be as follows: � exempt up to 600 thousand euros � 0.7 percent on the value exceeding 600,000 euros, up to 1,000,000 euros; � 1 percent on the value exceeding 1,000,000 euros; If taxpayers are married or living together, they may opt for joint taxation. In this situation, the AIMI rates to be paid are the following: � Exempt until 1.2 million euros � 0.7 percent on the value exceeding 1.2M up to 2 million euros � 1 percent on the aggregate equity value that exceeds the 2,000,000 euros PRACTICAL EXAMPLES: A: If a taxpayer has five properties with a total tax value of 800.000 euros. The value clears up as follows: (800 thousand euros – 600 thousand euros) x 0.7 percent = 1.400 euros B: If the taxpayer has five properties with a total tax value of 1.3M euros, the valueclears up as follows: (1 M euros – 600 thousand Euros) x 0.7 percent = 2.800 euros plus (1.3M euros – 1M euros) x 1 percent = 3.000 euros Total AIMI to pay, 5.800€ Companies will also be subject to the payment of the AIMI on the entire Tax Value of the

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residential buildings owned, or where they have the usufruct. This leaves a large part of the real estate assets of companies exempt. The AIMI will also apply to properties belonging to undivided inheritance, in cases where the heirs have not yet shared assets. What are the advantages of joint taxation? As mentioned above, taxpayers who are married or living together, may opt for joint taxation of the IMI surcharge. In this way, they will only be subject to the payment of this tax when the total of the patrimonial value taxed exceeds 1,200,000 euros. In some cases, this could be the difference between paying or not paying this tax. Please see the following example: a person with a property portfolio worth 800,000 euros, will pay 1,400 euros of AIMI. However, if the holder of the house is married and opt for joint taxation, it will not pay this tax as it will be exempt up to the amount of 1.2M euros. When do I decide for joint or single taxation? If you are the single owner or the properties, but are married and or living together with your partner, you may opt for the joint taxation. This option needs to be fulfilled at the tax portal, between the 1 st of April and the 31 st of May. Please note that it’s important that you verify if the asset is registered in joint names at the tax office. In the past, it was frequent that the assets where only registered in one name, despite they were owned by both. Hence this communication is more important, as it could be the difference between paying or not the AIMI tax. When will you have to pay it? This tax will be paid each year in one single instalment in September. The tax will be based on the property tax values of ​​ the buildings and their owners, on the first day of the year. So, this means that if you owned the property in 1 st anuary, you will still have to pay this tax, even if you already sold it since then. Is it possible to deduct this tax from the IRS? Yes, if you receive rental income the AIMI tax will be deducted on your IRS. This will be considered to landlords who are taxed by category F, and choose to be covered, or who are taxed by category B. It should also be noted that this deduction is not included in the overall deduction limit. If you would like to know whether you are liable for AIMI or if you have any other tax questions, please feel free to contact us. Send us an email or pass by our office and book an appointment to discuss your personal situation.

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from fruit already fallen or purchased for food. Start the seedlings by planting them in small or medium growing pots that are well drained in the bottoms. Fill the pots with rich soil that has a good amount of humus content and also add a handful of clean sand to each pot. Water the loosely packed soil before planting your seeds. Plant your seeds at least 1-inch below the surface of the soil. You can plant up to five or six seeds per 10-inch pot if you like. These will need to be transplanted into singular pots later. Make sure that the temperature is not below 40 degrees for the seedlings. Place them in a sunny part of a garden or on a sunny window sill if it is still cold outside. Citruses prefer a temperature of at least 50 degrees or higher. Keep the soil moist while seeds are germinating with a water-filled spray bottle. They should sprout within 3 to 4 weeks. Let them grow for at least 6 months before transplanting them into the ground or into bigger pots if you wish to

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keep them indoors. Water them but do not let the roots sit in standing water. Orange trees can grow from 8 to 25 feet in height depending on the variety and growing conditions. Once trees are established, they grow best in the ground or in large tubs. Prune mature trees as lightly as possible. Citrus do not need heavy pruning. Most of the time they are pruned for shape and looks more than anything. BUYING YOUR CITRUS TREE Citrus trees are the misunderstood trees of landscaping. Citrus trees aren't really trees, they're shrubs. Reaching a height of 25 feet, they may be the ideal plants for your yard. But there are tricks to purchasing a good citrus tree. Buy field-grown citrus trees whenever possible, identifiable by its burlap-wrapped rootball. Such trees are more costly, but healthier. Consider container citrus trees that are not overgrown. This puts the health of the plant into question. Purchase small citrus trees that take to the ground faster. A big tree takes as long as a small tree to produce fruit. Look for consistently dark-colored leaves. The uniform color is an indication of a healthy, disease-free plant. Ensure that the graft union is approximately 2 inches above the ground. Many citrus trees are grafted. A graft union is a dog-legged bend in the trunk. If the bend is too close to or below the soil it can rot or grow fungus. Investigate the trunk for mars. Marring leaves a citrus tree trunk damaged and might indicate a weak or injured tree. You want to buy the healthiest citrus tree possible. Assess the variety of citrus trees available before you buy. Citrus trees are available in many varieties of orange, mandarin, tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit and other exotics. You can find dwarf citrus trees to buy that are great for container gardening as well.

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Find out if the variety desired is available in your area. Some plants are restricted to control disease. HERE'S HOW TO PLANT A CITRUS TREE SO YOU CAN GROW YOUR OWN FRESH FRUIT. � Select a sunny spot with well-drained soil. � Dig a hole slightly less deep (about an inch) than the depth of the root ball and twice as wide. � Make the bottom flat and the sides rough, not smooth. � Remove the tree from the container by setting it on its side and gently pulling on the lower trunk. If the root ball doesn't slide out easily, cut the pot off with shears. � Set the tree in the bottom of the hole, making sure the top of the root ball sits slightly above the surrounding soil level. � Fill in around the root ball with the original soil, tamping gently as you fill in. If your soil is mostly sand or clay, amend it by blending in organic matter such as compost (add about a third by volume) before filling the hole. � Build a 4- to 6-inch-high soil berm around the tree. This is your watering basin, and it should be just a bit wider than the hole. � Fill the basin with water and let it drain. Repeat the process at least twice. CITRUS TREE PROBLEMS Citrus trees planted in the home landscape need observation to detect sucker growth and diseases. Sweet-flavored citrus is grafted to a hardy sour-orange rootstock, which produces stems known as suckers. Suckers originate from below the graft of the tree and grow tall, straight and may have thorns. Suckers are best pruned when they are small in diameter to lessen disease and shock to the tree when removed. Cut sucker branches close to the main trunk. Citrus trees have an attractive shape, fragrant blossoms and delicious edible fruit. With the proper care, a citrus tree can be

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a sweet and/or sour addition to many lawns. Citrus trees like abundant sunlight. When too little sunlight is provided, a citrus tree will not fully develop, bloom or produce fruit. Citrus trees do not tolerate cold. Even a moderate freeze may kill a citrus tree. Citrus trees require deep soil with good drainage both on the surface and underground. If they do not have adequate drainage, the standing water can damage the trees. Also, citrus trees will not survive in salty soil. Citrus canker is a very contagious citrus bacteria that can cause leaf loss, damaged fruit, fruit drop and dieback. It is spread through the air or by insects, birds or humans. Yellow halo lesions or scabs will appear on the leaves, fruit, bark and trunk.

Melanose is a fungal infection that does not affect the fruit of a citrus tree, but it does make the fruit rind scabbed-like and unsightly. It does not affect grapefruit trees. Citrus trees can be damaged by insects, including aphids, citrus whitefly, orange dog caterpillars, citrus thrips, citrus bud mites, citrus red mites and snails. Many infestations can be avoided, however, by treating trees with the appropriate sprays and proper sanitation program. Don’t let any of these problems put you off planting and growing citrus tree in your garden, because the benefits of having fresh fruit to hand which taste so much better than fruit you often buy and you will always have that slice of lemon for your G&T. Mark O'shaughnessy

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GOLF

The importance of a grip routine This months tip from Monte Rei golf club.

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hat is a good g r i p ? Overlap o r interlock, strong or weak, tightly or lightly. A good grip is the one which lets you hit the most good shots! Ben Hogan believed “Good golf begins with a good grip” and a faulty grip is one of the most common causes of bad golf teaching professionals see in amateurs. A neutral grip as seen

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in the inset picture with the 'V' formed by the index finger and thumb pointing towards the right shoulder is a good starting point for beginners. Grip is the predominant influence in clubface aim at impact and could be one of the reasons for the ball to curve left or right of the target. When you have found the grip which allows you to hit the most good shots then doing this consistently is the

next step. Incorporating a grip routine before you hit each shot will ensure it is the same way with each swing. One of the easiest grip routine to follow is: Get in an athletic golf posture. Hold the club out in front of you at 90° to the ground with the clubface square to the target. Now put your hands on the club ensuring when you set the club down on the ground

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the clubface remains square to the target. For individual, group or playing lessons call +351 281 950 950 or email at golf@monterei. com Lessons include all equipment hire, golf balls & water. Full club re-gripping service available for irons, woods and putters from PGA trained golf professionals.

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wenty-five teams, including twelve from the World Tour, will take part in the 43rd Volta ao Algarve from the 15th to 19th February. The top quality starting line-up has been enhanced by the addition of the Astana team and top American outfit Trek-Segafredo. Spanish time trial champion Luis León Sánchez will lead the Astana team which will also include Russian champion Sergei Chernetskii and the Italian rider Moreno Moser, third last year in the European Championship. Team Sky, who have won four of the past five Tours de France - one victory for Bradley Wiggins and three for Chris Froome - and are currently the subject of a UK Anti-Doping investigation, can also be counted on to be at the front of the field. ROUTE: 15th Feb, 1st Stage: Albufeira–Lagos, 180.3 km 16th Feb, 2nd Stage: Lagoa–Fóia (Monchique), 189,3 km 17th Feb, 3rd Stage: Sagres–Sagres (Time Trials), 18 km 18th Feb, 4th Stage: Almodôvar–Tavira, 203.4 km 19th Feb– 5th Stage: Loulé–Malhão, 179.2 km

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n holiday and looking to try something new? Visitors are always welcome to join the weekly morning sessions at Lagos, Vilamoura, Olhão, Tavira and São Brás de Alportel. If you are over fifty and can curb your urge to run, then this could be the game for you. The next Walking Football Tourament takes place in Albufeira on the 20th March when a dozen teams from the UK will join the Algarve players for a footballing feast! Full details at: www.walkingfootballalgarve.

com In addition, the popular monthly FootGolf Challenge returns to Colina Verde Golf and Sports Resort, Maragota, near Moncarapacho on Wednesday 22nd February. For young and old, this nine hole course offers a pleasant afternoon kicking a football around the course with like minded souls. At just 10euros, including afternoon tea, you could even win a coveted bottle of commemorative wine! Email your entry to: Christopher.wright@hotmail. co.uk

PORTIMONENSE FOR PROMOTION?

ortimonense look set for a return to the Primeira Liga as they continue to lead the Segunda Liga title race. Much of the credit must go to 22 year-old Paulinho, one of twelve Brazilians in the squad, who has been in stunning form since joining the club from Farense last year. Before the 4-0 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon ‘B’ last month he was presented with the Samsung Player of the Month award for December; the second consecutive month he has won the prestigious

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honour. Portimonense continue their link with Japanese football as 24-year-old right-back So Kataoka, 20-year-old central defender Masahito Onoda and 18-year-old Kodai Nagashima have trials with the Algarve club. Fabrizio is currently on loan from Portimonenese at Japanese champions Kashima Antlers. At the other end of the table SC Olhanense look to be heading for relegation and could swap places with SC Farense who look to be heading in the opposite direction.

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Open for dinner: Tues - Fri 18:30 - 21:30

Sunday carvery 12:30 - 14:30 and 18:30 - 21:30

Located in the center of Almancil, Av. 5 de Outubro, look for us on the map. Call (+351) 961 299 978 for bookings or enquiries about events. Visit our website www.vaultsrestaurant.com

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O Restaurante Vistas oferece uma experiência gourmet completa, disponibilizando as mais recentes delícias gastronómicas num ambiente único e com um excelente nível de serviço. O reconhecido e galardoado Chef Albano Lourenço mantém-se fiel à mais alta qualidade dos produtos de origem local, oferecendo autênticas experiências gastronómicas inspiradas na cozinha Portuguesa e Mediterrânica. Vistas Restaurant offers a complete gourmet experience, providing the ultimate in gastronomic delights with a unique ambience and uncompromising level of service. The celebrated and award-winning Chef Albano Lourenço remains true to his respect for the highest quality locally-sourced ingredients, offering authentic culinary discoveries inspired by Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine.

Horário: Terça - feira a Sábado das 19h30 às 22hrs

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 10pm

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club . Sítio do Pocinho . Sesmarias . Apartado 118 . 8901 - 907 Vila Nova de Cacela . Portugal Information and Reservations: T. +351 281 950 950 . info@monterei.com . www.monterei.com N 37º 12’ 16,75 / W 7º 33’ 4,31

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