TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Eiryl … Pico do Arieiro. “This is one of our favourite places, especially very early in the morning when the trekkers and pan-pipers have not yet arrived, and the only sounds are of the wind blowing around us … “
Main News : source : Diário de Notícias 17/6/
Most the front page yesterday taken up with football, as it was confirmed the Germans qualified 2nd in group B, and play against Portugal in the final 8 on Thursday evening. (TVI / Channel 4 – 7.45pm).
The first phase of national exams started yesterday, and if that in itself wasn’t bad enough for these poor kids, it started with ‘Portuguese Language’.
Two men suspected of murder in Machico have been arrested. The incident happened on Friday night / Saturday morning, when a man of 28 was stabbed several times. The photo shows a bar named ‘O Jacaré’, meaning ‘The Alligator’.
It appears that the government here seems to be a large shareholder in the cement works (on the coast, near Câmara de Lobos) with a 43% holding. It seems that it wants to sell it’s interests after a valuation worthed the business at €30 million. Now that explains why most of man-made Madeira is made of concrete, the Ajuda end of Funchal, and why we have thousands of massive concrete blocks chucked in the sea! By the way, ‘worthed’ is OK in Portuguese, and I am in Portugal.
It seems that the kids are the most sensible when it comes to environmental issues, probably through the emphasis on the matter through their schooling. Anyway, they get much of the credit for the 5.5 tons of old batteries collected during 2006 / 2007, amongst other things. So why is it that the only battery recycling bin near me is always stuffed full of ice cream / sweet wrappers?
Other News :
Also front page : I have never heard of ‘Groove Armada’ a beat group and DJ act, but as I think there are a few Brits that read this blog, I thought I would mention that this act from the UK is coming to Madeira on 5th July, playing at the Ministry of Sound(?). In case you are like me and not familiar with the group, perhaps their hit ‘I see you baby (Shaking That Ass)’ might ring a bell or two, and in the interests of research I just watched a video of that on Youtube. I must admit I have heard that song before … would love to go, but unfortunately I am doing my hair that night.
Imagine living or visiting here and having never done a levada walk? There must be many people who are not mobile enough to do so, but would relish the opportunity. That now seems a possibility with the delivery of three special wheelchairs called ‘joelletes’ that were delivered yesterday. As well as helping those unable to explore the levadas on foot, the wheelchairs will also be available to the emergency services in ‘mountain rescue’ operations.
I have sometimes wondered about the cause of Madeira’s reputation for a high level of lung and respiratory problems amongst it’s residents. It is not the air, as was often previously claimed, it is in fact gene mutations that badly affect 4.1% of the indigenous population, around 10,000 people, who suffer 2 genetic mutations which gives them problems with smoke, car pollution, and dust. On top of that 32.6% (around 80,000) of the population suffer either one of the two gene mutations, which makes them more vulnerable to chronic pulmonary disease. This is the highest rate of ‘deficiency’ of the gene alfa-1-antitripsina in the world, according to the study undertaken by the Laboratory of Human Genetics at the University of the Madeira. I would have though this one would have at least made the front page of the Diário, but there again, it is peak time in the Euro 2008!
239 blog visits yesterday, not a record, but well above average and probably due that debate on poverty.
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