Portugal, one of the best places to invest according to Robert Shiller

January 29th, 2015


Robert Shiller

Shiller, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2013 for his modeling of asset-price fluctuations, said that:

“You can’t free yourself from the prison of the zeitgeist unless you become a smart beta person and start mechanically doing investments that don’t sound right,” said Shiller on Tuesday. It also makes sense to invest in Russian, Portuguese and Italian equities, according to the model, he said.

Shiller was speaking at a media seminar at Barclays Plc to promote asset-management firm Ossiam’s new exchange traded fund, which will invest in Europe using Shiller’s CAPE model for identifying long-term under and over valuations of equities.


Dancing Traffic Light In Portugal

January 29th, 2015



Smart, the company behind Smart car has designed a special traffic light at a busy intersection in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. When you go to cross the road at this intersection, you’ll notice the little red man on the traffic light isn’t standing inanimate like every other traffic light you’ve ever seen… no, this one is dancing. Earlier this summer, Smart organized a clever little campaign with the Portuguese government to have a little booth installed beside the intersection where people can walk in off the street and start dancing. A camera picks up their movements and projects them onto the “don’t walk” pedestrian traffic signal in real-time. The idea behind this was that traffic lights are generally the most dangerous spots in urban areas, and that many pedestrians are too impatient to wait for the light and cross at inappropriate times when they can get hurt. As it turns out, this was just the thing to prevent it. The people at Smart found that 81% more people were stopping at the red light since they installed the dancing traffic light. This is the latest and perhaps biggest stunt so far in Smart’s #WhatAreYouFor campaign, which encourages people to suggest innovative ideas for more convenient city living via social networking. The campaign strives to make city life “easier, brighter, and more carefree each and every day” with an emphasis on traffic. Smart has subsequently enjoyed a huge surge in online attention, with nearly 2 million likes on Facebook and their dancing traffic light video exceeding five and a half million views on YouTube. It seems the dancing traffic light stunt was also successful on another front – getting the #What AreYouFor campaign some serious global exposure. The Smart automobile company suffered some drastic ups and downs before reaching a point of stability with the success of the Smart car. In fact, the company lost nearly 4 billion euros between the years of 2003 and 2006. Now, with campaigns such as this one, Smart is spreading awareness of traffic safety.

Watch people getting their groove on to the Lisbon Dancing Traffic at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB_0vRnkeOk . – See more at: http://www.mobilelikez.com/world-news/dancing-traffic-light-in-portugal/#sthash.28Co8D3U.dpuf


NY Times 52 Places To Go In 2015…Alentejo in Portugal is one of them

January 15th, 2015


52 places to visit

The Alentejo appears in the 2015 New York Times 52 Places To Go In 2015. The Alentejo is the breadbasket of Portugal, makes half its wine and is the largest producer of cork in the world.

The Alentejo’s “capital”, a Unesco world heritage site. History and food are what Évora has in abundance. Plus wonderful wine – and shops selling cork products.

The Alentejo (literally “land beyond the Tagus”) is a warm, dry, mostly gentle region north of the Algarve that has been ignored by all but a few. A long history of turbulence means many of its towns are on hilltops – not just Évora but the medieval village of Monsaraz on the Spanish border, the baroque Montemor-o-Novo above the main E90 from Lisbon, and the pantiled city of Beja in the south.

This big fertile region, a third of the country by area, is known as Portugal’s gastronomic soul. The food is neither peasant nor sophisticated, but rich with ingredients such as sheep’s cheese, black pork, salt cod, wild mushrooms and asparagus. Towns have their own specialities, such as peppery olive oils or egg-yolk based desserts. It’s this rich individuality that makes Alentejo special – and the fact that it produces almost half of Portugal’s wine.

After the Romans, the Visigoths and then the Moors ruled the Alentejo. Its rich soil helped make it famous, and when the Jesuits arrived in the 16th century, they boosted the viticulture and transformed cities like Évora with their florid architecture. So why has this beautiful, fecund, food-orientated region been neglected by the Brits? Maybe it’s because we think of Portugal in terms of Lisbon and the Algarve. The Alentejo, as the land that lies between those two popular tourist attractions, is too easy to overlook, despite its size.

The region has much to offer the food lover, as well as culture, countryside and cork.


Great Place to Work

January 15th, 2015


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The best workplaces in Europe are getting better, and they are paying more attention to the needs and wishes of individual employees.

That’s the good news as Great Place to Work® releases its 12th annual Best Workplaces in Europe list. The companies that made our list — in the categories of Best Multinational Workplaces, Best Large Workplaces and Best Small and Medium Workplaces — have plenty to be proud of. But so does Europe as a whole.

In a new report, Working on the Human Touch, was conducted a five-year analysis of the best workplaces in European countries with a focus on levels of employee trust. The results? Most countries saw a gain in trust levels in their best workplaces, and several countries experienced significant improvement. In addition, European workplaces are moving away from viewing employees as cogs in the machine and trying to provide employees with the human touch.

The Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe in 2014

Say hello to Europe’s elite workplaces! We recognize here the top 25 multinational companies that appeared on national Best Workplaces Lists published in Europe between November 2013 and June 2014. These companies stand out for having created a consistent, high-trust workplace culture across national borders. Companies that appear on this list have been recognized as great workplaces in at least 3 countries.

In Portugal, the best workplaces chosen was:


13,475 employees www.microsoft.com Industry: Information Technology – Software Ownership


1,831 employees www.sas.com Industry: Information Technology – Software Ownership


  • 1,783 employees www.cisco.com Industry: Information Technology Ownership:


Royal Canin (Italy, Spain, Poland, Portugal), Wrigley (Spain, Sweden) 6,315 employees www.mars.com Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Food Products Ownership:

AbbVie5,325 employees www.abbvie.com Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals – Pharmaceuticals Ownershship


3,285 employees www.medtronic.com Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Medical Devices Ownership

The Best Small and Medium-sized Workplaces in Europe in 2014

Small can be beautiful! We recognize here the 50 best of the small and medium-sized companies (50-500 employees) that appeared on one of the 19 national Best Workplaces lists published by Great Place to Work® in Europe between November 2013 and June 2014. Compared to the companies represented on the Multinational or Large Workplaces lists, companies in this category typically stand out for having the highest Trust Index© scores within the field of participants. Congratulations!

In Portugal, Company Gatewit, (1st year on a European Great Place to Work), appears in 21st place.

95 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Country: Portugal
1st Year on a European Great Place to Work list: 2013

Well done!

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for second straight year

January 13th, 2015



Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the world’s best player for the second straight year, as he received the 2014 Ballon d’Or on Monday night.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward was awarded FIFA’s top individual honour over Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo, 29, took home the award for the third time in his career, after also winning it in 2008. He and Messi have been the only players to receive the award since then, with the Argentine earning the honour for four straight years from 2009 to 2012.

The Portuguese earned 37.66 percent of the votes, while Messi edged Neuer, 15.76 to 15.72 percent, for runner-up.

“I would like to thank all of those who voted for me,” Ronaldo said as he accepted the award. “It has been an incredible year. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far. I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by.

“I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time. Of course, this requires a lot of effort and I hope to get there.”

Ronaldo scored 61 goals last year for club and country and set a record by scoring 17 times in last season’s Champions League, guiding Madrid to their 10th title, the long-awaited La Decima. He scored twice in the semifinals against Bayern Munich and the crowning goal in the final against Atletico Madrid.

This season, he has scored a remarkable 26 goals in 16 games in La Liga and an additional five goals in six Champions League games.

7 reasons to retire in Portugal by John Malkovich

January 12th, 2015




John Gavin Malkovich born in the United States in 1953is an actor, producer, director and fashion designer.

In his long carreer he appeared in more than 70 pictures.

For his roles in Places in the Heart and  In the Line of Fire, he received the Academy Award nominations,  John Malkovich  spoke about privacy, playing himself in films and Casanova as he presented the world premiere of his latest work, Casanova Variations, at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Michael Sturminger , combines layers of theater and opera to reflect on the last years of Giacomo Casanova and features Malkovich as a character using his own name, as well as playing the famous seducer

In a recent interview, John Malkovich gave his opinion about Portugal, the city of Lisbon and how fine is to live in Portugal, either working or retiring.

1. John knows Lisbon for more than 15 years. He has been working and visiting Lisbon for several times.

2. His first impression, as far as he could remember, was the people – friendly, smiling and terrific in his own words. He loves Portugal, in fact.

3. Malkovich appreciates location and geography, architecture and its variety. Great people everywere and good food.

4. He also loves fado, the old traditional music. Fado has its root on words like “destiny” and “fate” and it can be traced to the 19 th century or even earlier.

5. Questioned if Lisbon is still the same, in his thought he believes that should not be the same, as Lisbon and Portugal received now much more people visiting these places, but still maintains its unique characteristics and thus he still prefers to come here in holidays.

6. It is also a good place to live. Not very far from the place he lives nowadays. He was considering to buy a house close to Lisbon, but was already sold when it comes closed to the decision.

7. Malkovich in what concerns recommendations to visit in Lisbon, mentions things like, just walking around, enjoying the beauties of nature or historical and cultural activities., museums, restaurants… There are lots of things to do in Lisbon and in all Portugal.

Please watch the video

link: http://youtu.be/tCwIjjT77Xc

McNamara Mercedes-Benz brand-new surfboard designed by BBDO Portugal

January 6th, 2015



The Mercedes Benz Design Studio have just delivered their latest surfboard made entirely of Portuguese cork to Hawaiian big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara. Conceived as a collaboration with corticeira amorim cork composites, the new board will be used to ride the biggest waves in the world in Nazaré,Portugal. The ‘mboard’ project, which was initiated by Mercedes-Benz in 2013, resulted in the production of the silver arrow  of the seas, designed by BBDO Portugal. Fast-forward a year and Mercedes-Benz has taken this challenge further by developing a surfboard entirely made of a local material, traditionally used to manufacture bottle stoppers.

According to Garrett McNamara, ‘since Portugal is the world’s largest cork producer, it makes perfect sense to use this material to make high-performance surfboards for surfing in Nazaré. When we surf big waves, we need a flexible board, although resistant enough not to break.’ McNamara currently holds the record for the biggest wave ever surfed, and used boards designed by Mercedes-Benz during the big storm in 2013 to ride massive waves in Nazaré at 62.4 km/h

Portugal’s Riviera gets a new spate of luxury hotels.The Bela Vista Hotel been chosen in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 as the Best Boutique Luxury Hotel in Portugal.

January 6th, 2015


Welcome back

It is our most fervent hope that you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy new year, wishing you the  very best of health,wealth and happiness.

The Algarve, on Portugal’s southern coast, has long been a major package-holiday destination for northern Europeans. But the sun-drenched region is aiming to attract a wider crowd as it recycles itself with a crop of new or renovated luxury hotels emphasizing style, authenticity and eco-friendliness. In Portimão, a perfect example is the 38-room Hotel Bela Vista This 1918 villa overlooking the famous seaside Praia da Rocha was renovated by the French hotelier Thierry Naidu and features a stunning design by the Portuguese decorator Graça Viterbo.

There are hotels  in quieter areas of the Algarve, too, including the striking Martinhal resort in Sagres, and the Conrad Hotel . Trendy Lisbon are also flocking to Olhão, a former fish-canning town turned resort with stylish lodging options, like the Real Marina Hotel and Spa , and natural attractions, including the Ria Formosa, a national park made up of one of the largest barrier-reef lagoons in Europe, where you might have the pristine beauty of white sand beaches to yourself — for now, at least.

 So, if  you had chosen to spend your new year eve at The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa in Praia da Rocha, Portimão, then your choice was spot on, has The Bela Vista Hotel been chosen in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 as the Best Boutique Luxury Hotel in Portugal.

This top award resulted from an evaluation of best practices in boutique hotels’ facilities worldwide, with the main objective being to encourage and raise quality and service standards in the luxury end of the market where Portugal performs well.

The Bela Vista also was voted Travellers’ Choice 2013 by TripAdvisor readers and is one of the country’s top 25 luxury hotels.   The physical building helps as the hotel was a rather wonderful mansion built in the early C20th and converted into a 15 room hotel in 1934.

The Bela Vista quickly became one of the ‘in’ hotels that saw Praia da Rocha become a destination for wealthy and discerning clients.

The hotel now is a blend of old architecture and rather groovy design overseen by mother and daughter team Graça and Gracinha Viterbo from Viterbo Interior Design established in Portugal in 1971.

The hotel clearly has benefitted from this experienced agency and is now an intimate and luxurious boutique hotel as well as an historical property.

The clifftop location with massive sea views helps too, although this was not one of the award criteria.

The current owner’s recent relaunch of the hotel shows what can be done when an old ambiance is mixed with luxury and modern Comfort and the judges seem to have agreed.

year’s worth of reasons to pack your bags and take off to the Algarve.

Bryan Adams EXPOSED

November 28th, 2014




Bryan Adams may be best known as the singer, Adams has proved to be the master of visual arts, capturing stunning shots of musicians, actors or models. When he is not plucking guitar strings, you will most probably find him in the studio picking the right lens for the next photo shoot. In his last book “Exposed” Adams photographed everyone from Mickey Rourke to the Queen of England to his most recent book “Wounded – The Legacy of War” dedicated to wounded British soldiers.

Every Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat From: Tuesday 14 October To: Sunday 1 February

From: 10:00 To: 18:00

Singer and photographer, Bryan Adams, exhibits thought provoking portraits of young disabled war veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

More Information

Photographs from his book Wounded:The Legacy of War published in late November 2013. Admission €3 to view all current exhibitions at the Cascais Cultural Centre.

Portugal – World’s Best Golf Destination 2014

November 27th, 2014




Portugal has taken the title of World’s Best Golf Destination at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted this evening at the Conrad Algarve.

A global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the golf hospitality industry, the event also saw St Andrews Links – Old Course recognised as the World’s Best Golf Course, while The Els Club Teluk Datai was awarded the honour of World’s Best New Golf Course.

In two special presentations, Peter Alliss was recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the Golf Industry, while victorious European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was awarded the honour of Golf Personality of the Year.

Providing a flourish of exquisite quality for attendees of the event, Laurent-Perrier supplied refreshment during the presentation of the awards.

World Golf Awards managing director Chris Frost said: “Tonight has been a tremendous success and it has been an honour to welcome so many key players from the global golf hospitality industry here to Conrad Algarve for this inaugural Gala Ceremony. My congratulations go out to all out winners, this is recognition you so richly deserve.”

He added: “This is just the start of the journey for World Golf Awards. We will return to Conrad Algarve next year for the Gala Ceremony 2015 and I look forward to greeting many of our nominees from this evening in 12 months time.”

In an event hosted by renowned sports journalist Steve Rider, Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa also took the title of World’s Best Golf Hotel, while World’s Best Golf Tour Operator went to Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions.

Elsewhere, voters awarded the title of Caribbean’s Best Golf Destination to Dominican Republic, while Europe’s Best New Golf Course went to the newly renovated Quinta do Lago – North Course.

The presentation of the awards was the centrepiece of a three-day itinerary for the event, which saw guests enjoy some of the world-class facilities on offer at the famous Quinta do Lago Resort.

Everything from a chauffeur driven airport pick-up, to a full 18-holes of golf on both the Friday and Saturday was on offer.

Among the highlights was a chance to play on the newly renovated Quinta do Lago North Course – a challenge for golfers of all standards set in a natural woodland setting of pine, gorse, heather and wild flowers.

Generating sustained media interest, Destination Golf Travel joined International New York Times, Bloomburg Businessweek, and CNBC in partnering with the event.

To view the winners, visit worldgolfawards.com/winners/2014. and https://www.visitportugal.com/pt-pt

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