TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Pirex … Porto da Cruz swimming facility
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 29/8/2008
Yesterday was a pretty dry headline news day, but here goes:
With less than a month to go before schools start up again there is panic in the air after publishers have failed to deliver essential books to Madeira (as well as Portugal). Most the fault is probably due to indecision on the curriculum for the forthcoming academic year. One bookstore owner said there are always problems, but this year is chaos.
Commercial fishing has seen it’s catch drop by 620 tons compared to the first half of 2006, with a catch of 3,408 tons (3,421 in 2007). The Espada fish did OK though, with a catch of 1,627 tons, 30% up on 2007. The Tuna catch was down 19.6% on 2007. Average prices paid for fishing boat catches are on the up. In 2006 the average price per kilo was €1.87, in 2007 it reached €2.43 (up 30%), and now is at €2.51.
Cristiano Ronaldo of course gets a write up for winning the best player award in the Champions League competition, and he also won the best ‘attacker’ award, even though technically he is not a striker, despite scoring over 40 goals last season.
The other story is about the problems of debt and unemployment in the face of the current economic problems. You have read it all before, so it will just suffice to say that matters are not getting any better.
Other news :
Anyone bank with ‘Millennium BCP’? There is an attempt going on to get customers details by fraudulent emails. If you get one, delete it.
Two large fires in Caniço and Água de Pena on Thursday. The latter took firemen 6 hours to control. I think it’s about time we all started doing our particular rain dances to help out the suffering firemen and farmers … I just did mine and almost sprained my ankle … but hang on there is a small grey cloud drifting over.
A tender competition to build a connection to the Via Rápida from Câmara do Lobos has been awarded to three big companies, Tecnovia, AFA and Soares da Costa. The contracts are worth €34.5 million. The road will be finished in two and a half years, and will give improved access to and for the 3,700 residents living in Jardim da Serra.
Finally, this little article was tucked away somewhere, that I would have considered a big story:
President of the Republic of Portugal, Cavaco Silva, has promised legislation that will oblige the installation of a microchip in all vehicles that will contain the registration details, insurance details, and information from the vehicle testing stations. The chips will help with traffic control, abandoned vehicles, car theft etc. Each chip will cost around €10, and you get just one guess about who will have to pay it? That should get the human rights movement in Portugal well worked up then!
In fact that story did make the top few on TVI news last night.
Weekend football fixtures : Sunday 4pm Nacional v Naval, Monday 7.15pm Marítimo v Guimarâes. The latter game is on Sport TV 1. The big game this weekend is Benfica v Porto, tonight at 8.45pm, on Sport TV 1.
Here is a reminder of how the top of the Portuguese league looked until this weekend … look carefully at who is top as I doubt very much that you will see this formation again this season.
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
1 Nacional 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
2 Sporting Lisbon 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
3 Braga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
4 FC Porto 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Marítimo have drawn a tough team in the UEFA Cup against the Spanish team Valencia. Games on the 18th September and 2nd October.
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