Portuguese national & international news from Paul Abbiati:
Ryder Cup 2018: Portugal showing its best to the world
‘The Special One’ is ambassador for Portugal’s bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2018.
Golf Monthly Reports:
“The Portuguese Ryder Cup bid is based at the new €1 billion golf and leisure development at Herdade da Comporta, close to the village of Comporta on the idyllic Alentejo coastline and the man known as ‘the Special One’ (Jose Mourinho) is confident Portugal would put on a great show.”
Golf courses in Madeira include Santo da Serra
“The former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager does not play golf but learned a good deal about the sport while managing in England and is well aware of what a successful Ryder Cup bid would do for his country.”
Portugal including Madeira: high-quality tourism destinations
“Organising the Ryder Cup will allow Portugal to show its best to the world, something we should all work towards, to establish our country as a high-quality tourism destination.”
Rabacal, in the District of Calheta, Madeira
“To always win and to take Portugal’s name to the four corners of the world that’s the challenge I set myself each day and that’s the goal Comporta is committed to. Win the bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.”
Yesterday, Friday The European Investment Bank (EIB)
“signed the first tranche of EUR 62.5 million of a total EUR 250 million loan to the Portuguese Government, to support the Madeira Regional Government to re-establish lost and damaged infrastructure caused by the flooding of February 2010.”
“This multi-sector framework loan will contribute to repairing and reconstructing the massive damage to the public infrastructure in the Madeira Island, strengthening its resilience to natural disasters and its adaptation to climate change. The operation will provide the Portuguese authorities with long-term funding at attractive conditions to help financing a huge investment effort to overcome such force majeure circumstances.”
English: European Investment Bank, Bâtiment Est. Luxembourg city, Luxembourg.
“The EIB loan will contribute to repair and reconstruct fundamental infrastructure in a Convergence, ultra-peripheral territory of the European Union, restoring the conditions for a balanced development of the region, as well as supporting the sustainable economic recovery, employment creation and protection of existing livelihoods.
Madeira’s sunniest and hottest south-west Calheta District coast
The EIB loan focuses mainly on small and medium sized investment schemes of less than EUR 50 million distributed throughout most of Madeira’s territory in areas such as hydraulics, roads, bridges, electricity and water supply. The investment programme to be carried out by Madeira’s authorities will also include mechanisms to prevent similar natural disasters in the future by addressing key risks.”
Pentagon had contingency plans to “take over” the Azores archipelago in 1975 in the event of a possible communist takeover of Portugal
“James Schlesinger, the defense secretary at the time, told secretary of state Henry Kissinger that the US military had made preparations if necessary to ensure US access to the Azores, home to the strategic Lajes airfield, according to a document declassified this month and posted by the National Security Archive, an independent research institute.
Suggesting the need to protect US interests in the Azores after the 1974 military coup in Portugal, Kissinger worried that there was a “50 percent chance of losing it” to communist control.
President Ford meets in the Oval Office with Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Graham Martin, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Vietnam; Army Chief of Staff General Frederick Weyand; and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to discuss the situation in Vietnam., 03/25/1975
“We should have a program,” said Kissinger, according to the memorandum summarizing his breakfast meeting on January 22, 1975.
Schlesinger replied: “We have a contingency plan to take over the Azores.”
And he added the plan “would be stimulating Azores independence.”
Vista aérea da Base Aérea das Lajes, Praia da Vitória, ilha Terceira, Açores, Portugal