Portugal ‘sells’ Ronaldo to Spain; Christiano Ronaldo in Porto Santo?;FUNCHAL JAZZ Saxophonist Branford Marsalis one of headline acts; Bravery of Portuguese war hero Aristides de Sousa Mendes resonates today: Guardian article; Portuguese theatre, fado and dance in Paris this April; Paulo Ribeiro choreographer; Ricardo Pais theatre/stage director;

Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati

Portugal ‘sells’ Ronaldo to Spain in €160m deal on national debt

The Independent:

Ronaldo in Porto Santo ............  ...read more

Portuguese architect wins ‘architecture’s Nobel’; Prince Charles’ Green Visit to Portugal; TAP Flights to Lisbon from Manchester;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portuguese architect wins ‘architecture’s Nobel’: the 2011 Pritzker Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura wins 2011 Pritzker Prize.

The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement, was established ............  ...read more

2011 Blandy’s Madeira Bicentennial; Portuguese businesses expanding despite economic crisis; Air Berlin Madeira flights: project sales to increase 16,5% Summer 25,8% in Winter; Ferry incident at Funchal Port;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

2011 Blandy’s Madeira Bicentennial

“Blandy’s Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine.

The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original ............  ...read more

Rali de Portugal: Madeiran Bernardo no TOP 10; Portuguese invention to make luggage traceable; April cultural events in Madeira; Dennis Potter production in Calheta, Madeira; International Day of Monuments & Sites 18 April;Why ‘Tremoços’ are wonderful!; Igreja do Colegio: Barroco masterpiece;

Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati:

Rali de Portugal: Madeiran Bernardo no TOP 10

Diario article: http://www.dnoticias.pt/actualidade/desporto/256388-bernardo-no-top-10

Portuguese invention to make luggage traceable
Portugal News:
The University of Minho Polymer ............  ...read more

Portuguese PM resigns Wednesday night; Flying dolphins off Paul do Mar, Madeira; Madeira mega-promotion in Brazil; 1st TAP Golf Open Madeira March-April;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati

Portuguese Prime Minister resigns

CNN reports:

“Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigned Wednesday in a televised speech to his debt-ridden nation after parliament rejected his government’s austerity plan intended to ease the financial ............  ...read more

Portugal political situation FT article; EU agrees new €700 billion fund to protect euro zone; Portuguese Censos 2011;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portugal: political situation

FT article, March 22, 2011

“Portugal faces an imminent political crisis that could force the government to resign, trigger a snap election and make an international financial rescue inevitable, according to government ministers ............  ...read more

‘James’ coming to Madeira!; Madeira 3 day Pop/Rock Festival Summer 2011; ‘Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2011: spectacular Lisbon street stage; FIA Production Car World Rally Championship in Portugal;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

‘James’ coming to Madeira!

Madeira 3 day Pop/Rock Festival Summer 2011

Funchal Music Fest – Live 2011, 3 days in August will be the first of a series of annual festivals to commemorate the City Day of the 500 year old capital of Madeira’s ............  ...read more

Much of Portugal is gratis; Madeira’s levada walks are gratis; on-the-spot fine changes; Madeira: high-end Portugal; Madeira property prices increased last year; Madeira: best location for dolphin & whale spotting

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Much of Portugal is gratis; Levada walks are gratis;

Toronto Sun.com article:

Top 10 tourist freebies including:

1. Castles
2. Cathedrals
3. Festivals (Festas)
4. Beaches
5. Museums on Sundays and Holidays until 2 p.m

“Madeira’s ............  ...read more

Current news items from the local papers

Thanks to Elaine

Following items are from yesterday’s Diário de Notícias

Price of meat will increase

António Nóbrega guarantees that changes in the purchasing power in Brazil, and the increasing cost of pig and chicken feed because of rising grain prices, will lead to higher shop prices. South American beef ............  ...read more

“Prémio fantástico para a Madeira” -Madeiran Team wins Portuguese Basketball Cup for the first time; “Portuguese Tiger”, “Saca” third in 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia; The ‘Record’; Snow on Madeira’s Areeiro serras;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Snow on Madeira’s Areeiro serras

“Portuguese Tiger”, “Saca” third in 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia

Surfer Today.com:

“Surfing is becoming a very popular sport in many coastal countries. In the near future, it will ............  ...read more

MODALISBOA Fashion Week; Cavalhadas in the Azores; Madeira’s many tax advantages; Superyachts: tax advantages of registration in Madeira; EU Consultation on registering cars; SOLVIT;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

ModaLisboa Fashion Week

Fall-Winter 2011/12, in Lisbon, Portugal takes place from 10 to 13 March. Film titled: MODALISBOA 1 – LISBOA FASHION WEEK S/S 2011

The Cavalhadas in the Azores

Azores Nation.com:

The Cavalhadas de S. Pedro, The Island of S. ............  ...read more

Portuguese President Inauguration speech;Malasadas: right temperature, size & talent; O Cagarro – Cory Shearwater Bird of the Year 2011; Portugal has most of the rare seabirds species in Europe;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portuguese President Inauguration speech

Portuguese President calls for a political and social consensus

Reuters reports:

“Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva said on Wednesday he would cooperate with the minority Socialist government to help ............  ...read more

Snow on high peaks!; Portugal gold & silver medal at European Indoors; CARNAVAL continues…Madeira Carnival Float Parade, 2011; Sunday night, March 6th, Funchal: ‘Carnaval das Avenidas’; ‘Trapalhão Parade’, Tuesday, 8th March- it’s Carnival – nobody takes it badly”

Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati:

Weather News from Elaine in the Comments section – thanks Elaine!

“Over 10 cm of snow on the high peaks but the roads are still open – Pico Ruivo (1862 metres, Santana), Pico das Torres (1851 metres, Santana), ............  ...read more

Madeira Carnival week has started!: 2010: ‘best year ever’ for tourism revenue in Portugal; EDP Energias de Portugal: best results ever; TAP: profits 8.7 percent improvement on 2009;

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Superb Portugal Promotional Tourism Film 2011 in High-Definition INCLUDING MADEIRA enjoy:


Portugal News article:

“Bank of Portugal claims 2010 was ‘best year ever’ for tourism revenue..”

“Tourism revenue ............  ...read more

Madeira Nature conservation: volunteers needed for March 12th; Madeira’s famous walks-a popular one and an easy one

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Volunteers needed for March 12th recuperating birds habitats

From Paul Abbiati, a SPEA member

SPEA- Madeira, The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds organised last Saturday much work in The Parque Ecológico do Funchal to recuperate the habitat of ............  ...read more

Portuguese Super Agent: Jorge Mendes; Prazeres, Calheta art: ‘Galeria dos Prazeres’ New Exhibition; Madeira second highest GDP in Portugal; Madeira hot spot for the young and the chic; Madeira: a girl’s guide to the best shops, hotels and restaurants; Leeds to Madeira: direct flights start

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portuguese Super Agent: Jorge Mendes

A Football Report .com:

“He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish, carries an army of mobile phones, sleeps few hours, possesses a fleet of 100 footballers valued over €650m, earns millions each year and is ............  ...read more

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