TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Vic … A new ugly construction in Caniço de Baixo. The contagious high rise concrete eyesore disease has arrived from west Funchal, the Ajuda area (aka Chocabloca)
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 18/8/2008
It’s recycled news I know, but Machico beach will be ready for use next month, probably the middle. The work is in an ‘advanced state’, and 24,000 tons of yellow sand are awaited from Morocco. €3 million will have been spent on the work. Lifeguards and free access are “guaranteed”.
Porto Santo Island has almost run out of petrol, leaving tourists with problems as taxis and tour operators are affected. With over 20,000 tourists on the island at the moment, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. By 11am on Sunday morning only 1,500 litres were left and that was being rationed to buses, taxis and tourist transport. There could be worse places for a petrol shortage, as I think you can walk to almost any place on the island in around 2 hours.
A Madeiran man of 44 years and with 3 children, who came from Estreito was shot and killed by two men in Venezuela last week, after he had just left a bank.
The other main story was a bit technical to translate for a novice like me, but the gist of it is that the company ‘Ports of Madeira’ has gone bust after losses of €15 million. Starting yesterday the new Council of Administration for the ‘Administration of Ports of the Region Autónoma of Madeira (APRAM)’ took charge of affairs.
Other news :
Nacional beat Trofense 2 – 0 in the first round of the league cup. Marítimo get a bye because they finished in the top 6 of the league, and don’t play until January I believe.
A 16 year old boy died in hospital on Sunday afternoon, after being found motionless in the bottom of a swimming pool in Câmara de Lobos. An autopsy is to be held to determine the circumstances of the tragic event.
2 of the top 15 richest people in Portugal are Madeirans according to a published list. Joe Berardo has a fortune of €882 million (4th), and Dionísio Pestana (hotels, beer etc.) has €407 million. I just checked my wallet and I have €13 and a bit of change, I wonder where that ranks me in the list?
By the way, I have put that link about workers rights on the website under ‘working’ in the ‘Resources and Information’ section, so you don’t need to remember how to find it. I was surprised to find anything in English, though for sure it was a Portuguese initiative and not Madeiran. Thanks Elaine. Here is an extract which will immediately give you confidence that you will be considered equally alongside Madeirans for work:
Equality at work : Employers may not exercise any kind of discrimination based on background, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, genetic heritage, impaired working ability, disability or chronic disease, country of origin, ethnicity, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union affiliation – (LC Article 23; LCR, Article 32). There , I feel reassured already.
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