Black lists for nightspots, Monte festa violence, Electricity profits up, & other snippets

TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Pirex, her first contribution … Caniço church with a kiosk that sells foreign papers. “2nd visit on holiday to Madeira this year and over 2,000 photos each time”.            I shall know where to ask when I run out of photos then!

Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 16/8/2008

The Portuguese Government is preparing the way to control undesirables who cause problems in night spots, though the creation of ‘black lists’. Drunks, troublemakers, and general undesirables will be legally refused entry to bars, nightclubs and discos at the discretion of the management. Generally the move is welcomed by the bosses involved in Madeira’s nightlife.

A senior member of the church in Portugal made some comments about Madeira already having sufficient autonomy and not using it to it’s full advantage. President Jardim responded with the Portuguese equivalent of ‘he’s having a laugh’ and finished up saying “he is not Madeiran, and those who should give an opinion are the Madeirans”. OK so that also means  that my opinions about Madeira count for nothing … tell me something I didn’t already know!

The festa in Monte (Funchal)  took a wrong turn at around 3am on Saturday morning when two groups of people and some tourists got involved in a fight involving a knife. 6 people were taken to the emergency unit in Funchal hospital, some with serious stab wounds, though they seem to have all been released now (so maybe not quite so serious as they say).

Other news :

Francis Obiorah Obikwelu was one of Portugal’s best hopes for a medal in this Olympics, but he went out of the competition in the 100m men’s semi finals yesterday. He is actually Nigerian born, and allegedly has a Portuguese passport purely to boost Portugal’s sporting chances. Portugal, having won only two gold medals and just a handful of others in the last 5 Olympic competitions, sadly it already seems that the 2008 dream is going in the same direction.

The hot dry weather continues to keep the island’s firemen busy. Friday saw fires in Machico, Santa Cruz and Câmara de Lobos. One threatened the golf course at Santo da Serra. All were brought under control or extinguished.

Madeira airport is suffering a decrease in air traffic of a private nature. Executive jets, air taxis, and company aircraft traffic has fallen by 30% this year to date compared with the same period last year. No one has any explanation for the decrease.

Our electricity supplier Electricidade da Madeira saw the light in 2007 with sales growing 5.5% up to €145 million, with profits up to €4.5 million. They spent €44 million on fuel.

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21 thoughts on “Black lists for nightspots, Monte festa violence, Electricity profits up, & other snippets”

  1. I am happy to see the blog working OK today. I just couldn't get it posted the normal way, and what I had to do was go in through another way and do it, the disadvantage being that only registered people (and signed in people) can post comments, and I am the only one at the moment.

    If anyone would like to register you are welcome and I will send you an invitation, but I would suggest we try with a volunteer guinea pig first. It has several advantages, the best one being that you can read all the comments chronologically, even if it was posted 6 months after the blog. Also, it recognises you when you go to the blog, so you can have a profile which people can see (or you can still post anonymously if you prefer).

  2. "No one has any explanation for the decrease" How about its to f&%#n expensive, there can be no other reason.

    Im happy to register Der, and i think its good that everyone who reads the blog registers, then you know how many regular readers you have.

  3. count me in as well Der.
    wouldnt agree with that Tobi,surely company jets charges irrevelant(customer pays in the long run).private jets ,well if you can afford it would have thought landing charges would be in the price,same with air taxis.
    however i could be wrong (as my OH frequently tells me)

  4. Der the employment laws for foreigners working in Madeira are available in English. I found them last week on the Portuguese government website which had a link for Madeira. I have printed them off for my own information and when I return to work next week (on holiday at the moment) I will send you the web address.

    President Jardim

  6. OK, so Vic, Tobi and Alan, should now have invitation emails in their inboxes. Let me know how it goes guys, and if its worthwhile I will open it up to anyone else who wants to register. Registration will always be optional, so you can continue to read and comment on the blogs as you do now, and still FREE OF CHARGE!

  7. Elaine I am stunned! Will we be getting our gas bills in 26 different languages in future too?

    Right is that everything dealt with now?

    ps : Elaine has just phoned me and invited me out for a beer and to watch football … the problems is I haven't done tomorrows blog yet … and if I try and do it after a few beers it will be a right mess! Dilema!!!!!!!! Do I put the blog readers first, or beer? Wait until tomorrow to find out.


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