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Algarve is north bordered  by the Alentejo region (sub-regions of Alentejo and Algarve), south and west by the Atlantic Ocean, the Guadiana river marks the east border with Spain.

The Algarve highest point is located in Serra de Monchique (Monchique Mountain), with a maximum altitude of 902m in Pico da Foia (Fóia Peak).

Color map with the division, by county, the Windward and Leeward.

Faro is the region head, but, also have the category of city agglomerations: Albufeira, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão, Quarteira, Silves, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António. All of these are county head with the exception of Quarteira whose head is Loulé.

Internally, the region is sub-divided into two zones, one to the east (the northwest) and another to the west (the East). With this division we can make a clear mirror effect between the two zones.

Each of these areas has 8 municipalities and one city called Main:

Faro the country headquarters is also to the East as Portimão is to Windward.

Loulé in the Centre is the finance and administration headquarters.

Also the East and the west have two important Mountains [FOIA and Espinhaço de Cão (Dog Spine) in the Windward;  in the East, A Serra do Caldeirão (The Cauldron Mountains situated North Loule) and Monte Figo (Fig Mountain).

Rivers with similar importance (the Arad in the Western and the Eastern Guadiana).

A major hospital in each area ensures health care throughout the Algarve.

The Faro International Airport, the Internacional Bikers Meeting of MCF Faro Motorcycle Club, the Algarve Cities Park  International Stadium (Faro - Loulé), the International Motocross Championship track of Cortelha, Querença Ramp - Algarve Automobile Club - trophy-selena-mixcup With Autos, Motos, Quads and Buggies and other motor sport events in Loule County, and the Zoomarine are somme of the icons of the East area.

Loulé county, also have the best beaches, the Vilamoura marina, the Wet and Wild Water Park, a Karting Speedway,  the best golf corses, like Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago, and gone have the Quinta da Ombria (a 18 holes Golf Corse), situated between The typical Tôr Village and the typical Town of Querença, a transgene-free sites with rare natural and luxurious beauty, rich history, natural food and warming people.

The western side have the International Speedway, and the new holywood studios in Portimão, situated in border of the East area.

Finally, in the second football league, the "pseudo-competition" between historical football Algarve, in an attempt to know the first to ascend to the top flight, if the Portimonense - representative of the western - or the Olhanense -- the Eastern. I Bet in Olhanense.

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Internet fraudsters are raking in thousands of dollars a day with an elaborate scam selling magnetic perpetual motion machines that are claimed to produce infinite free energy.

Since spring this year an operation called Magniwork has been selling a $50 DIY guide to building a perpetual motion device at home. On their web-site the fraudsters claim the materials are available in any local hardware store for less than $100. One estimate puts sales of the guide as high as 5,000 copies a month, making the scam worth up to $3m a year.

The claims for Magniwork are advanced via an extensive Google advertising campaign, and a network of blogs, web-sites and reviews endorsing the product. They are given further credibility by a clip of film from Sky News Australia about plans for a similar product made by a legitimate if optimistic research company called Lutec. Lutec patented its technology in 19 countries in 1999, but the product has still not seen the light of day. Off-Grid has discovered that the clip is over 8 years old.

Perpetual motion machine

Magniwork which describes its product as ‘a magnetic power generator’ claims to have invented a revolutionary off-grid power source that uses magnets to “power itself and create energy by itself, without requiring solar energy, heat, water, coal or any kind of resource.” The web-site promises the device will generate perpetual energy which will “fully power your home for free.”

However even the idea of such a device is dismissed by trained physicists. “The little explanation they give on their website makes no sense to me,” said Gunnar Pruessner, a lecturer in physics at Imperial College London. “For starters it breaks with all we know about quantum physics since Dirac, which says that we cannot tap into zero point fluctuations or virtual particles.”

Priceless IP

He observed that if the claims were true, they would mark the biggest advance in science ever. “It would bring a world-wide socio-economic revolution with incalculable political consequences. So you have to ask why are they scuzzing around selling their priceless IP (intellectual property) for a few dollars?”

Made in Macedonia

The site gives no way of contacting Magniwork -other than to order the guide. But its legal disclaimer reveals that despite the .com web address which suggests a US-based company, Magniwork is in fact located in Macedonia, a tiny republic on the northern border of Greece in Europe. “This Agreement shall all be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Macedonia applicable to agreements made and to be performed in Macedonia,” it reads. It has similarly proved difficult to identify the individuals behind the scheme. But one researcher claims to have written to the site’s web-master who referred in his reply to a man simply called “Igor”, the manual’s publisher.

Kernel of truth

Angry customers admit that the guide does contain kernels of truth. “Some of the suggestions in the e-book can reduce your home power consumption. For example, checking for air leaks, have better home insulation, servicing your air-conditioning unit or heate etc,”wrote one. But is it essentially amateurish and misleading, they say. “The whole “document” is 57 pages long and looks like something a kid in high school put together. The final “generator” is basically a magnet that is 2″ high sitting on a turntable that is 4″ high! They claim that its output is 24.5 Watts! That is 1/100th of what my house uses when the AC is on. It wouldn’t put out enough power to light up a standard light bulb,“ wrote another angry blogger. Fraudulent

Alternative energy expert Sterling D. Allan founder of The New Energy Congress has examined Magniwork’s claims. “Most of the 50+ page manual contains energy conservation tips that are based on well-established principles,” he said. But he points out that plans for the device are freely available elsewhere, they are based on other people’s work and he claims to have tried to contact people offering testimonials, without success. “The wording on their site still gives the reader the idea that the plans will result in a working free energy device but that is not the case. Such representation is fraud,” he concluded.

Although highly implausible, the idea of somehow harvesting magnetic power has intrigued scientists for over a century. It was first suggested by pioneering physicist Nicola Tesla in the nineteenth century. Australian company Lutec is still trying to perfect such a device. And U.S based based Magnetic Power Inc, headed by Mark Goldes, has claimed to be on the verge of launching a ‘Magnetic Power Module’ for at least six years. There is no suggestion that either Lutec or MPI are part of the scam.