São Pedro Festival, New ferry doing well, Hi-flyer, AJJ speaks, New Modelo, …. etc.

TODAY’S PHOTO : Continuing with the facinating theme of the vegetation of Porto Santo Island, this is a cactus, and I can tell you nothing more. This blog software is now giving me problems with loading photographs, so at the moment I am limited to anything that works.

Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 25/6/2008

Ah, the story I was waiting for. São Pedro, the biggest festival this side of Madeira takes place in Ribeira Brava this Saturday night and a strong turnout is expected. The parade will have 11 groups from all over Madeira, with a total of 600 marchers, and 120 stalls have already booked for the occasion. After the parade there will be a firework display. The 40 beach barbecues and bars are in the process of being set up, and this year there is a sandy beach area too (saves hobbling over the pebbles). Saint Peter is the saint of fishermen, and many people normally arrive by boat, but this year the Diário says that will not be the case. Car parks near the sea front will be open all night, and the police will allow extra street parking. I will look out for the programme of events to get the times for the parade and fireworks, otherwise pretty much everything else stays open all night long. Saturday night is the main night, but the Sunday and Sunday night are also busy, but there are no parades or fireworks.

The new Portugal / Canary Islands / Madeira ferry service on the ship ‘Naviera Armas’ has already been branded a success by the operators, in particular citing the ticket sales in the Canaries as exceeding all expectations. They say that it is too early to say for sure, but the conditions seem right to operate the service for the whole year. The transportation of cars is a particularly popular feature with travellers, and also the commercial transportation side is doing well. The only negative point made is about the lack of publicity about the new service.

A long long story about the escapades of the boat ‘Hi Flyer’ that left Calheta early Sunday morning with it’s 3 local crew, on route for the mainland. About half way through the journey, they ran into problems with a fuel leak and started to transmit an SOS signal. On Monday morning they were spotted by a military plane, and the rescue was being organised with the crew being told to  ‘abandon ship’, which they refused to do. Eventually with the aid of 2 aircraft and a military vessel, they got themselves sorted out, and with more fuel made it to the mainland. Thanks to calm seas matters were much better than they could have been.

Other News :

To help keep the kids entertained or occupied during the summer period, over 200 initiatives have been organised over the next couple on months, all over Madeira (mostly in Funchal). Promoted by both public and private entities, activities in the mountains, or on the beach, for just a day or maybe a month, the activities offered give a huge range of choice. Some are free, some are charged.

An unnamed Madeiran hotel group is paying foreign workers just €175 a month in wages. A trade union, BE, accuses the company of using slave labour and has challenged Regional Inspectorate of Work to take its focus of the small companies that it pursues and spend more time on the ‘big sharks’. I suspect that these workers may be getting food and accommodation in that package, but nothing mentioned in the article.

President Jardim attended ‘Porto Santo Day’ and made some interesting remarks in his speech. He said that the state (Portuguese Government) of President Sócrates is pretty useless, and likened his party ‘PS’ to the Dictator Mugabe of Zimbabwe, because he ignores the needs of the people. He went on to say “he only exercises policing functions and those of constant inspection”, and AJJ accused him of stealing funding from Madeira in what he considers ‘an attempt to crush the Madeirans’. Over to you Carlos for a meaningful explanation of our presidents mystic message.

Today sees the inauguration of the new Modelo store in Machico. This will be Modelo’s 94th hypermarket in Portugal, and has an area of around 2,500 m2. It is the 8th Modelo store on Madeira, but the group that owns Modelo also has 18 other businesses/branches here, including Wortens, Vobis, and SportZone, and employs a total of 900 people.

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Not mentioned football for a few days, but after last night’s Euro 2008 game between Germany and Turkey, it has to be said that the German side (who won 3-2) in the last minute or so, are a bunch of dirty, cheating, conning, lying, so so lucky football players, with only one talented footballer. And Ballack, who cheated to knock Portugal out, is a whinging disgrace. Officially Turkey had 16 shots on goal to Germany’s 6 (and I can’t recall more than 4), and although possession evened out towards the end of the game, Turkey dominated in most areas of the field. I won’t know until later, but for the first time ever, I could be supporting Russia in a football match in Sunday’s final.

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6 thoughts on “São Pedro Festival, New ferry doing well, Hi-flyer, AJJ speaks, New Modelo, …. etc.”

  1. Unlike you to sit on the fence about football, Der. Why don't you speak your mind???
    Mind you, I couldn't agree more. Come on Spain/Russia, I say!
    –Andrew

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  2. By the way, who reminds you more of Mugabe – Socrates or AJJ? I know who I think most meets the description (albeit a long way from Mugabe's reign of terror). I think it is an absolute disgrace to liken any serious politician in Europe (I do exclude the US because of personal bias) to the Mugabe regime.
    –Andrew

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  3. Hey Der.

    I think you are wanting to stir the pot a little here mate.

    OK first of all Mugabe is evil. And more should be done to dispose of this tyrant. But because there is no oil in Zimbabwe then no one is really in a rush to sort things out.

    AJJ obviously went a bit far with these comments because, thank goodness, there is only one Mugabe.

    Our dear President does have a tendency to put his foot in it sometimes but he just loves winding up the political big wigs on the continent.

    But you know I kind of like that. I think it is very refreshing to hear a politician actually saying what he thinks. Stop all this nicey- nicey politically correct nonsense and say it like it is. Yes I know he says some pretty controversial things, some of which I totally disagree with but maybe that’s why the Madeirans love him so much. It is still a very machismo island where strength is a winner.

    He stands up for Madeira. He is strong for Madeira. He is passionate about Madeira. And you know that he won’t be messed around by anyone.

    This ‘incident’ is hardly big news at all in Madeira or on the continent. Many Madeiran’s know what he is like and just laugh off statements like this.

    If only the opposition parties in Madeira protested as vehemently against AJJ and the PSD as Der does on this blog they then may even win some votes at the next elections!

    (I can hear the thundering hooves of Der and his army getting ready for battle!)

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    After creating the world God was so pleased with His work He gave it a kiss and Madeira was born.

    –Carlos

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  4. No I agree with you Carlos (hurts a little though, and sorry for any disappointment that may cause), as AJJ does entertain, and provides a great deal of interesting material for this blog.

    What with the gaff from his vice-president on the SATA flight, he and the PSD are obviously have a big influence on comedy as well as politics in Portugal.

    But Carlos, I think you are softening a little on your position last week, and defending el presidente no longer seems to be your number one priority?
    –Der

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  5. Andrew, I agree about the US, and that they could actually learn something from Mugabe … specifically about not having any foreign policy.

    Re the footie, I will try and be more forthright on my views after Sunday's final.
    –Der

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  6. Der: Andrew, I agree about the US, and that they could actually learn something from Mugabe … specifically about not having any foreign policy.

    With or without foreign policies chaos ensues.

    Der: But Carlos, I think you are softening a little on your position last week, and defending el presidente no longer seems to be your number one priority?

    Maybe it’s because I have one foot on the beach. I am going away for a long weekend break so I thought I would leave amicably.

    I don’t think anybody should be above criticism. And when I think AJJ is wrong I will say so.

    I just can’t see anybody else who could have or might do better than Jardim. When he retires I just hope we get someone with the same charisma and strength he has shown over the years. He will be a tough act to follow.

    Madeira is a small island which could get trampled all over if left in the wrong hands.

    I think only once he has left office will we truly be able to gauge the successes or failures of his leadership.

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    After creating the world God was so pleased with His work He gave it a kiss and Madeira was born.

    –Carlos

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