TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Tobi … a splendid shot of the Botanical Gardens.
News within the last hour : Portuguese champion FC Porto could still get to play in next season’s Champions league after winning an appeal against its suspension. UEFA’s appeal body today overturned the suspension that was imposed by its own disciplinary body because of a bribery scandal. The case will now go back to the disciplinary body for another ruling.
Main News : source : Diário de Notícias 12/6/2008
Of course it could be nothing else, the qualification of Portugal into the knock out stage of the Euro 2008. Christiano Ronaldo scored a goal, and generously set up another, just about deserving his man of the match award. Another bit of old news is that the Portuguese manager, big Phil Scolari has agreed to manage Chelsea football club next season.
The news that was expected but was never confirmed until now is that Easyjet will fly the route between Madeira and Lisbon, taking on the Portuguese giant TAP with its low cost fares. Already operating 15 flights weekly between Madeira and the UK, a contractual part of that deal was an extra route in 2008, which until now was undisclosed. Easyjet are not doing it in half measures either, with 2 daily flights to/from the Portuguese capital, likely to start late October. This will be the first foreign company to fly this route, following the liberalisation of the airways that took place in April this year. The route will be opertaed on an Airbus A319, that will depart Madeira at 9.45 am and 6.15 pm. Fares are as yet unknown, but will quite likely attract the residents discount of €30 each way. Subsidised Easyjet flights … makes the mouth water, and will probably make it cheaper to go to Lisbon to do your shopping rather than do it here!
Easyjet are also due to announce yet another flight to/from Madeira next month. This it appears will be to another foreign country, which will not be England.
A supply ship that arrived yesterday brought only 65 containers instead of the normal 160, and just one of those was refrigerated. Another one which left Lisbon yesterday has just 48 containers on board, none of which are refrigerated. Reading between the lines here, perhaps it’s time to stock up your fridges and freezers. I wonder if the shortages will result in price rises, as that’s normally the pattern for unscrupulous businesses. If those transport workers in Portugal don’t finish their strike over fuel prices soon, we could all be living on a diet of expensive bananas and paw paw fruit by this time next week.
Madeira has aircraft fuel reserves to last two weeks, unlike most of continental Portugal … it seems that word is getting around, as a plane from Lisbon made an unscheduled refueling stop here before going on to Brazil.
Other News :
In a speech in Gaula yesterday, the president of Madeira said that the recession on Madeira combined with the effects of the transport strike “is going to have huge repercussions in the pockets of all of the Portugueses”. “I am concerned, because Madeira is a very dependent region compared to the remainder of the national territory. It suffices to remember that more of 80% of what we consume in Madeira is imported from the Continent. If the economy of the Continent is in bad shape, that ends up having consequences for the economy of Madeira also”, referred Alberto João Jardim. Bit lacking on the spin there AJJ … oh, forgot you are putting the blame on national government instead!
In the same speech, president Jardim said that the liberalisation of the airways (Madeira to Portugal) was a big mistake, as it was causing difficulties in pricing for Madeirans making the journey, with accusations between Madeira and Lisbon as to who is ‘stealing the money’.
I thought I had better stock up on petrol and necessities today, in view of the glum news about shortages. By chance Modelo had a beer sale starting today (ends Sunday) … 25% off on the loyalty card, not much room in the trolley after that, but I came home lacking 5 items on the list. Fresh fish shortages were very noticeable as far as choice goes, with just 4 types available. Bacalhau was OK … I think they have stocks dating back to the last ice age anyway.
Question from Josie : “We always go to Estreita de Camara do Lobos for the wine festival, but this year we have visitors who are returning to the UK on the Saturday, do you know if the parade is also on the Friday or is it just the Saturday, I know the festa is 5th,6th and 7th Sept.
Can anyone help please?
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