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.