EU, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Transat 650 2011: Bertrand Delesne: best of action tout en musique!
“Mini Transat 6.50 also known as Transat 650 is a solo transatlantic yacht race that starts in Western France and ends in Brasil covering over 4000 miles with single stop in the Canary Islands. The yachts are very small with respect to the race, and are sanctioned by the Miniclasse 6.50 organization. Miniclasse 6.50 closely monitors the craft but applies only minimal design restrictions such as length (6.5m), beam (3.0m), draft (approximately 2.0m), and material specifications, making the mini transat 6.50 an open design.
The race will run this year (2011) starting on September 1st, and runs on odd-numbered years. Sailors must qualify by covering one of two specified 1000 mile courses along with having 1000 miles of ocean racing experience, much of it solo…”
Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Transat_6.50
From the Official Tourism Website:
“The longest transatlantic race organized by Transat Charente-Maritime/Bahia 6.50 departed last Sunday, September 25th from the French port of call of La Rochelle.
79 sailors from 17 different countries
This event gathers 79 sailors from 17 different nationalities.
The first stage of this event which culminates in Funchal, is scheduled for October 2nd .
According to its participants this is “an experience of a lifetime and also the one of the greatest challenges in races of the kind.”
Club Naval do Funchal will host all of the participating skippers during a week, prior to the departure of their small boats (up to 6.5 meters) in a journey of about 22 days,and which come to its end at Salvador de Bahia.
For further information visit the official website:
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TVI television Interview with Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
From Portugal Daily View
“In last night’s interview to TVI television, Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva said 2012 will be very difficult, but he hopes to see recovery signs in the second half of the year. The president also said he considers that the cut to the Single Social Tax accompanied by a rise in VAT is a mistake.
The President of the Republic Aníbal Cavaco Silva said he would convene the Council of State in October in order to discuss the political, economical and financial situation in Portugal.
In the interview, the president admitted being surprised with the €2bn national budgetary slippage found by the current government.
The president of the republic issued several warnings about the serious situation Portugal was in. I was criticised several times (…)”, said Cavaco when questioned about how he let the situation get this far. The president added that his “appeals were not heard, or someone overlooked them”.
image from Diario Newspaper
The situation in Madeira
Regarding the situation in Madeira, Cavaco Silva said he knows that Friday Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho will be addressing the autonomous region’s fiscal situation in the Parliament and admitted that it will not be possible to reveal the restructuring plan for Madeira before the regional elections. However, this will not compromise the transparency of the electoral act (elections will be held 9 October), because “people from Madeira will get to know (…) the efforts demanded in the future.”
Cavaco Silva also commented on the cut to the Single Social Tax backed by IMF-EU troika, saying that the “generalised reduction of the employers’ contributions to Social Security will have to be accompanied by a risein VAT, which is a mistake”. Privatisations of public assets were also discussed. Cavaco Silva refused thepossibility of a selling off and alerted to the need of caution when “elaborating the privatisation process”.
Throughout the interview, the president stated that “2012 will be a very difficult year”, but said he hopes to seesigns of economic and employment recovery in the second half of next year. Cavaco Silva also said that thethree years given to Portugal to fulfil the requirements of the bailout “are tight and demanding”, emphasising that the country “will depend heavily on the international conjuncture”.