Portugal & Madeira news from Paul Abbiati:
Madeira athletics: 52nd São Silvestre/Volta à Cidade do Funchal
Portuguese athlete Eduardo Mbengani wins the ‘52nd São Silvestre/Volta à Cidade do Funchal’ Street run on 28th December, 2010.
Jessica Augusto the Portuguese International athlete and European Cross Country Champion was the fastest woman.
1061 runners participated including public figures and personalities.
Madeira: destination to see in the New Year in style
‘Hello Magazine’ offers Madeira as one of its suggestions to celebrate the arrival of the New Year….” Whether you’re looking for fireworks or fine food, elegance or exoticism, music or mysticism – or simply want to escape from it all”
“Madeira will be seeing the old year out with an explosion of sound and light.
Since 2006 when the New Year pyrotechnics earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records, each year more and more people attend the firework show and each year there’s an attempt to out do the previous year’s spectacle.”
Link to full Hello Magazine article:
Yellow weather warning for wind issued for Madeira region by Institute of Meteorology (IOM).
Follow the weather updates and advice of the Civil Protection Authorities:
IOM website: http://www.meteo.pt/en/index.html
Madeira airport website: http://www.anam.pt/Default.aspx
Portuguese property market
“Despite all the talk of the bad state of the Portuguese property market, we have seen little real life evidence of this. We have seen some adjustments to prices in the past year, but the reality of what is happening is that properties which were perhaps overpriced by developers and builders have now been reduced to what in our opinion is the correct market value.”
Briton Nicky Carter, who sells property in central Portugal through her agency Chavetejo
“Although expats and second homeowners have seen the value of their homes plunge, many overseas buyers are taking advantage of the current situation to snap up cheap properties.”
Portugal will have first floating wind turbines in Iberia
Renewable Energy Magazine article:
“The Portuguese power company, EDP, is at the helm of an offshore wind project in the north of Portugal, which could be completed within the next six months. According to sources close to EDP, the project includes the installation of a prototype floating wind turbine to be located in waters off Aguçadoura, in the north of the country.
World’s first full-scale floating wind turbine, assembled in the Åmøy Fjord near Stavanger. Turbine size: 2.3 MW Turbine weight: 138 tons Turbine height: 65 m Rotor diameter: 82.4 m Draft hull: 100 m Displacement: 5300 m3 Diameter at water line: 6m Diameter submerged body: 8.3 m Water depths: 120-700 m Mooring: 3 lines
The prototype will have a capacity of five megawatts. It is then envisaged that a further five machines will be installed during a second, pre-commercial phase of the project.”