Football ‘Classico’ Porto 2 Benfica 2; Debts are “€5bn and something”; Coalition after elections in Madeira?;

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Football ‘Classico’ Porto 2 Benfica 2


“Porto and Benfica remain locked together at the summit of the Portuguese Liga after playing out a 2-2 draw at Estadio do Dragao this evening.

Kleber hit the opening goal for the hosts in the 37th minute but the lead lasted until just two minutes into the second period when Oscar Cardozo pulled Benfica level.

Nicolas Otamendi restored Porto’s lead on 50 minutes but it ended all square as Nicolas Gaitan swept home Benfica’s second eight minutes from full-time.

The stalemate leaves Porto at the head of the standings on 14 points, level with Benfica, with both sides boasting records of four wins and two draws from their first six games…”

image from Diario Newspaper


The region’s debts are “€5bn and something”

From Portugal Daily Review:

“The long-standing leader of centre-right PSD-Madeira, Alberto João Jardim, acknowledged on Friday 23rd September, 2011 that the region’s debts are “€5bn and something”, comparing it as similar to the Porto light rail system.

The island’s president described the debts as “peanuts, in the middle of all the country’s other debts”.

Talking to state-owned TV channel RTP-Madeira, the regional leader, who is up for re-election on 9 October, said his regional planning and finance secretary would present “where the cash was all spent” in a few day’s time.

Jardim denied he had “hidden” debts and debt reschedules from the Bank of Portugal and the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Coalition after elections?

Asked if he would be willing to form a coalition with the centre-right Popular Party if he did not win the upcoming elections outright, Jardim said the Popular Party (CDS) “would be the ideal partner”, especially as the two parties form the central government in Lisbon.

The leader of CDS-PP Madeira José Manuel Rodrigues however said this Friday the party “is not willing to form any kind of coalition with Alberto João Jardim” and with the regional PSD that had “led the region to the brink of bankruptcy”.

“This problem was created by Jardim and he cannot be part of the solution”, Rodrigues added.


9 thoughts on “Football ‘Classico’ Porto 2 Benfica 2; Debts are “€5bn and something”; Coalition after elections in Madeira?;”

  1. Everso slightly mad and somewhat detached from reality and the real world after all these years in power – recent world history points to similar long term dictatorial leaders being ousted, reluctantly and forcibly with all manner of hidden secrets spilling out……money, money, money!

  2. Ellen – the large material shop in Funchal sometimes has various colours of fabric which may be suitable for outdoor cushions etc. You may have already tried it. If not, it is on the main street, opposite the main market. Next door to Casa etc and by Pingo Doce (Anadia Shopping). Otherwise, my back up is ebay! Good luck.

  3. Haemorrhaging
    Portugal is witnessing a haemorrhaging of its population. Some 50,000-100,000 have left the country annually since the start of the economic crisis, especially nurses, psychologists, builders and painters.

    Former Portuguese colonies Angola, Brazil and Mozambique are popular choices but Switzerland has a certain pulling power with its high salaries, quality of life and sizeable Portuguese community established here since the 1980s.

    “The number of Portuguese job seekers has increased since mid-2010,” confirmed Bruno Gonçalves, head of the Manpower job agency branch in Fribourg.

    Austerity measures + low wages + recession + unemployment = massive emigration. The Portuguese are all too aware of this painful equation.

    “In Portugal I was slowly dying; I had to leave,” explained José Rabacal, who arrived in Gruyère from Portugal last April.

    Manuel Leitao has also had to make sacrifices. The 39-year-old builder left his family in Porto to come to Switzerland this spring. He plans to stay until his two children are 18 – at least another six years.

    Back in Portugal he found it impossible to make ends meet with just €600 a month, especially as he wasn’t earning a regular salary. Leitao held down a second job as a barman, taking home €90 on weekends.

    “I was no longer able to pay the rent. And there wasn’t enough work every day. The situation in Portugal has become terrible. It makes me really sad. It’s shocking,” he said.
    Adriana Atanasio, 25, who comes from Pombal, is one of Portugal’s “lost generation” who have been demonstrating since March 2011. After graduating as a surveyor she found it hard to find work.

    “Since July I haven’t found any work. It’s a nightmare. There are no jobs in the construction sector or in administration,” she said.

    Rather than registering as unemployed for €360 a month, like 10.6 per cent of the population of her age, including her boyfriend, she preferred to take her chances in Switzerland.


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