Scotland has voted to stay within the United Kingdom with the result of the historic referendum showing that the “No” vote narrowly managed to come out triumphant. The city of Glasgow voted in the majority for independence while the capital Edinburgh voted against but in the end the overall number gave the vote to the “No’’s with 55% of the total vote. Leader of the SNP party, Alec Salmond, declared that while his party had not seen the result they had hoped for, the referendum had been a victory for democracy with a turn out rate of 84%
Portugal's secretary of state of fiscal affairs has said that the government hopes to hugely boost business investment in the coming years by introducing new tax rules now approved in cabinet. The government in approving a new fiscal code for investment, aimed at creating the possibility of doubling business investment in the next three years. Tax reforms are set to include changing the maximum limit for tax credits in regions where purchasing power per head is significantly below the national average.
Portugal's minister of education, Nuno Crato, has admitted that errors have been made in the way the lists of teachers to be hired by state schools were calculated, an error which he has blamed this his ministry itself rather than on schools and promised it would be corrected. The formula by which the lists for placement of non-permanent teaching staff were calculated had come under fierce criticism by teachers and their unions, who said the way it was being applied resulted in imbalances and the possibility of even illegal situations.
The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) is to launch a €800,000 award for science in Portugal, to be called the FLAD Science 2020 Prize, which this year is to be awarded for basic and applied research in life sciences. The president of the foundation said that Portuguese scientists working in institutions in Portugal in collaboration with US scientists are to all eligible. This year's competition is to be open from Monday for one month, with the winners to be announced in mid-December.
A provisional report from Portugal's Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) has shown that 2014 has been the year with the fewest number of forest fires in the past decade. The report states that from the start of the year to the 15th September, there were 6,958 fires recorded, down by 50% from the same period of 2013. The largest number of fires were reported in Porto district, with 1,378, followed by Lisbon with 808 and Braga with 576. (Lusa)
The Portuguese justice minister, Paula Teixeira da Cruz, apologised on Wednesday for the “difficulties” found on the Citius court IT platform, but said people would be held liable.
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