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Boliqueime is a Portuguese parish in the municipality of Loulé, with 41.46 km ² and a population of 4473 inhabitants (according to INE, Census 2001), with a population density of 107.9 persons per km ².

From the geographical point of view, nature has placed in the Algarve and endowed it with the richness of the landscape and soil. You are served by a good communication network and its own history honors.

Geographical description

Boliqueime is situated on the slopes of a small hill within sight of the sea and playing already, the crags. The headquarters of the parish consists of a cluster housing with some traditional houses, narrow streets with cozy corners. Boliqueime is a large rural parish which covers an area of 4139 ha, with about 5,000 inhabitants, spread over several sites that are dispersed clusters. It lies in the east-west line, on a large and beautiful horizon that has the bottom of the sea, a circumstance that has marked the name of one of their sites, they chose for it the name of Maritenda, which means precisely the which extends over the sea.
Extends inwards towards the south-north, unfolding in fertile plains and hills in graceful, some are already facing the mountains. The excellence of the landscape and more people are hosting their strong attraction for locals and foreigners from afar to visit and choose to residência.Os characterize the values of rural parish of Boliqueime, who lives mainly on rainfed agriculture and irrigation. And live, well, trade which is located near the urban center and the Fonte de Boliqueime, while extending along the E.N 125.

"Neighbor of the Sea," will be gone for the name, the Eyes of Water, according to advocates Ataíde Oliveira, a time when Genoese, Sicilians and Venetians, the centuries XIII, XIV and XV, went hard at work fishing the seas of the Algarve and there were supplied with drinking water. The "Old Boliqueime Village", a short walk from the village and former headquarters of the parish, was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 that laid the ground the medieval temple of three naves. Already on the hillside and surrounded by the village itself, the current church was built soon in 1759 and dedicated to the martyr St. Sebastian. Relevant is the place they occupy, and there traditional piety of the people of Boliqueime, the altar and the beautiful image of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Boliqueime Traditions

Remain alive, there are some traditions, such as the fairs in August 4 and 17 October, the feast in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Louis and San Sebastian in September, the feast of San Faustino, on Easter Sunday. Of more recent tradition, there are celebrated in mid-June, the feast of St. John

Boliqueime Economy

Boliqueime begins to be provided with equipment has a significant social and associational life that reveals some momentum, with various local cultural, sporting and recreational activities, such as the Folk House of the People or Sports Group Boliqueime Boliqueime. Among other equipment undoubted public interest are highlighted: the Home for the Elderly with the Day Centre, the Nursery and Kindergarten; modern Integrated Primary School and the new Extension of Health Centre of Loulé, the Sports Pavilion and Recreation Society.

Boliqueime meet effectively the terms to allow harmonious growth.
Apart from agriculture and trade, tourism can also be an asset to the village of Boliqueime, rising against a background of privilege and the sight of the major tourist centers, which pose a challenge to its development. The national and local information, The Southern Courier, could serve to promote one of the most interesting villages of the Municipality.

Boliqueime Personalities

The want, knowing and being of its people will ensure the possibility of a promising growth, integrated. From the human point of view, keeps alive the values, skills and flavors that give expression to community life. Who are children of Boliqueime, among others, stand out in the field of politics, culture, ideas, among others, Anibal Cavaco Silva, Lidia Jorge, Aliete Galhoz, Carminda Cavaco and redheaded Brazão.
• Anibal Cavaco Silva, an economist and politician and, since 2006, the nineteenth President of Portugal • Lidia Jorge, writer

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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.

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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.”

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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?”

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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.