Juvenile delinquency increased 23.4% during 2014 with 453 more cases reported over the year compared to only two years ago. The figures show a reversal in the downward trend that had marked crime rates in recent years. Overall, violent and serious crime went down in 2014 but there was a surge in levels of juvenile delinquency by 23.4% .
The head of Portugal's main estate agents' association, APEMIP, has warned that while the property market is larger and more stable than in previous years, those in the sector should not get carried away if they are to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
"Demand for our property supply has been growing and consolidating, but we must not allow euphoria to take hold of our mood, at the risk of our losing the control necessary for our market's balance,"said Luís Lima from the association .
The unemployment rate in Portugal was 14.1% in February, 0.3 percentage points more than in January but 0.8 percentage points less than 12 months earlier, according to the Portuguese National Statistics Institute (INE) In February there were about 719,600 job seekers in Portugal, 11,700 more (1.7%) than in January.
The hotel sector got off to a positive start to the year with the occupancy rate up 4.49% year-on-year in January according to the Association of Hotels in Portugal – AHP. The tourist destinations doing best in January were Madeira, Lisbon and Porto (43.49%), with Madeira and Lisbon also leading the way on the RevPar index measuring the average price per room available: €39.76 and €37.9, respectively.
Portuguese universities are among some of the best on the world according to a new report by U-multirank. Six universities in Portugal were cited as among the best in the study, the largest of its kind to survey higher education. Five key areas were assessed - (teaching / learning, research, knowledge transfer, guidance for internationalisation and regional engagement) and top marks were given to the six institutions which included Coimbra, Lisbon, and Porto universities
The president of Portugal’s medical association has said it would be possible to create a system where sick leave declarations could be sent directly to a person’s employer without breaking medical secrecy, in cases where there could be a risk for third parties. The president of the association was speaking following the crashed purposefully caused by the Germanwings co-pilot last week, which resulted in all 150 on board being killed.
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