TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Sarah … Palheiro Gardens
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 18/2/2009
Main story of the day is about children in crime, and in particular children who commit theft on the instructions of parents, or go out begging for them. The matter is covered in Portugal’s penal code (up to 3 years imprisonment), but even so that is not a deterrent for many, and that includes foreigners as well as Portuguese. One case mentioned is a parent with a drug addiction that sends a son out to go shoplifting.
There is a very long article about the sacking of the two senior socialists on Tuesday, but I think that was enough detail I gave then … not much point in wasting good blog effort on a party of no hopers eh!
The Swedish-American Dixieland Band is here on Madeira, playing the streets of Funchal. Every year the band spends a week playing jazz in a different capital city of the world, and has been doing so since 1985.
Either prompted by the famous American series, or the fact that Madeira now has it’s own ‘CSI’ (crime scene investigation) vehicle, the 8th May will be the debut of a comedy show called ‘CSI Funchal’. The venue is the Centro das Artes in Calheta, and could be the start of a series. Episode one is about the suspicious death of one of Jardim’s dwarfs in the lobby of a theatre, and near to the body is a box of cereal (yes, you’ve guessed it ‘Cereal Killer’).
According to the English ‘newspaper’ The Sun, Arsenal are in a race to sign the start striker Nenê of Nacional, and scouts were sent to watch him last week, when he impressed with two goals. The boss of Nacional says he won’t be talking with anyone unless there is at least €3 million on offer, but depending on the continued success of Nenê (14 goals in 17 games so far), the eventual price tag could be much higher. Yesterday all the players, bosses and staff at Nacional, trooped into Funchal Central Hospital, to offer themselves to be tested as potential bone marrow donors in response to the appeal to save a 7 month old baby called Rodrigo. It was a generous gesture on their part, not just on a personal level, but also to draw attention to the campaign. I wonder if they are still there waiting in the queues today?
Other News :
In this weeks featured village of Arco de São Jorge, it is reported that not only can you not find a prego to eat, there are no women there to marry … another reason why so many youngsters leave after finishing their education. According to the last two census surveys (1991 and 2001) the population has dropped from 645 to 509. There have only been two births there since the beginning of last year. On the bright side however, unemployment is said to be zero, with the last five unemployed in the village in the process of being recruited.
Apparently, according to official figures, unemployment on Madeira has decreased. As one of the readers comments says “… I must be living on a different island …”. In another article, McDonalds, the junk food people, are to invest another €18 million in Portugal, creating 300 mcjobs. It doesn’t say whether any of the 9 new ‘restaurants’ will be on Madeira, but as one reader comments “… don’t come! there is already enough crap in this country …”.
In the continued expansion of the banking sector on Madeira, the biggest commercial bank in Germany, Deutsche Bank’ has opened its first branch in Funchal on the Avenida do Infante. They were lucky enough to have President Bertie to do the inauguration … I wonder if he expressed his true views about foreigners on Madeira in his inauguration speech?
On the news on TV this morning, a survey reveals that 61% of the Portuguese people are in some sort of financial difficulty, compared to 32% a year before. However, only 55% think that the situation is going to get worse. Better news for the banks however, with 4 of the big ones making profits totalling €1.2 billion, although only one actually managed to improve results from the previous year.
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