TODAY’S PHOTO : Taken at yesterdays ‘Golden Oldies’ rugby tournament in Ribeira Brava. In the centre of the picture, you might just see a player wearing yellow leggings … he is 73 years old! We also spotted some kids and girls in some of the games … covering for injuries perhaps. A nice event, but not so many people present yesterday as there were on Friday. Running out of beer probably didn’t help!
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 22/6/2008
Main story of the day is the illegal extraction of sand in Ribeira dos Socorridos, despite a directive by the Regional Government to prohibit this activity. The Diário observed the activity of four trucks on Friday removing thousands of cubic metres of high quality sand.
“Russia makes juice of the ‘mechanical orange’ ” is the front page Diário pun after Holland were knocked out of the Euro 2008 (probably because their kit is all orange).
A couple of sea lions were spotted near the coast at Caniço, and delighted many on the beach. They didn’t stay long, probably frightened off by the attention they received as divers and boats went out to take a closer look. The Diário describes it as an ‘unique moment’.
Other News :
Amongst Madeira’s 190 thousand adult population, 51% are overweight. Blamed on a diet of too much bread, soup, meat, pastry, rice and potato. Barely 2.5% are underweight. Using the ‘body mass index’ as its yardstick, the research determined that 14% of adults are obese, and 19% are getting near to obesity. More men are overweight than women, despite the fact that women admitted to eating more sweet desserts. The same study (completed in 2006) noted that 20% of the population aged 15 and over were smokers, 47,000 in all, of which two thirds are men. The final staggering fact is the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, with 19% of the population admitting to having one or more drinks within the past week, of which 74% were men … I am staggered that it’s so low!
An article highlight the problem with employers hiring workers on the ‘green receipt’ system, where the worker registers with the tax authorities and is issued with a book of receipts which are torn out and given to anyone who pays them for labour or services. In effect, the employers are using self employed people as employees, without any contractual commitments and overheads.
Residents and visitors to Calheta might have noticed a steep hike in car parking charges recently, as much as 60%! The first hour rate has gone up from 50c to 80c. To leave a car from 8am to 7pm will cost you as much as €9.60. OK the beach might be free to use, but a day on the beach is going to cost dear unless you are prepared to keep going to make purchases in the Pingo Doce supermarket, or leave your car at home.
If you want to get in the festa spirit for São João (tomorrow), you should be eating salted tuna with boiled potatoes and pickled onions for your dinner tonight, as that’s the tradition. I am hoping to celebrate this evening in the actual village of São Jõao, where I am told they all go down to the sea for a swim at midnight as that is also part of the local tradition.
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