TODAY’S PHOTO : Praça do Município Funchal, on Sunday evening … the Portuguese fans anticipating something better than they ended up with in the Euro 2008 game against Switzerland.
Main News : source : Diário de Notícias 16/6/2008
Lead story is about the problems that occur daily in the Lido tourist zone in Funchal. Amongst the problems cited are petty crime linked to drug dependency, lack of police presence, a lack of proper street cleaning, and general traffic and car parking problems. One shop owner says that her shop has been targeted for theft six times so far this year. The Secretary for Tourism says that there are more tourists now, but according to one taxi driver that is not what they see in the Lido. He recollects “after arriving at the taxi rank it was just ten minutes until carry the first customer arrived. Today, you arrive at the rank at 8.00am with over 20 cabs in front and, in 14 hours of work, I take between 20 and 25 euros”. Matters are worsened by the works for the renewal of parts of the drainage system, which will last until the end of this month.
And football of course … “The Portuguese deserved more … “.
Other News :
At the end of May I gave a link to a webpage where there is a petition for government to lower taxes on vehicle fuels see : www.petitiononline.com/ramisp/ . The government here has powers to lower the current levels of fuel tax by up to 30%. I signed it even though I won’t benefit directly, and I recognise one other blog reader’s name out of a measly total of 656 signatures. Even the famous Michael Mouse hasn’t visited and signed yet!
The Diário spoke with some of the passengers on the first ferry trip from Madeira to Portimão (Portugal) that left here Saturday and arrived there on Sunday. All spoken to seemed very pleased with the trip, and everything went without any reported hitches. Some went on family holidays in the Algarve, taking the car along too. Another took the trip for a game (or two?) of golf. One said the food was good on the ferry. On the 2nd leg of the journey (Funchal/Canary Islands) 57 passengers and 17 vehicles embarked … don’t worry, I won’t be reporting those figures on a daily basis, I am just scraping the barrel for news today!
A reminder that Calheta starts it’s festa (of several saints?) on Thursday where “the big star for many will be English singer Samantha Fox” (that’s on Saturday night I believe). The festa runs through to the 28th June, and includes parades, live entertainment, and an interesting sounding disco with the Wasps. I don’t have a programme and I just took a look at the Council (Câmara) website and found little there. If anyone has any information, happy to publish it here if you send it in.
Thursday sees the arrival of 40 rugby teams to Madeira to play the ‘IX European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival 2008’. The website gives the programme, with matches being played on Friday and Sunday, seemingly at the National Sports Stadium of Madeira in Ribeira Brava (back end, by Modelo). The matches last 40 minutes in total, and have some interesting rules, such as “All players must observe the restrictions on tackling ‘older’ players. These are identified by coloured shorts.” As it’s near to me I might venture out for a peek at some time.
More on : www.madeiraegorf2008.com/EGORF2008.htm
Anyone been to the cherry festival? Any news or pics for the blog much appreciated.
Energy efficiency, those clean words, will apply to all property owners in Portugal (and Madeira of course), whether you are building anew, or have an existing property. The need for Energy Efficiency Certificates comes into effect from 1st July 2008, for all new properties. The architect should submit all the necessary energy efficiency measures being included in a new build, as part of the planning application. The planning application will only be approved if the required EE rating is achieved (B-, on a scale of A to G). However, from 1st January 2009, all existing properties will need to have a certificate. More news when (and if) I have it ….
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