Portugal will weather the crisis!; World’s greatest surfers in Portugal October 15-24th; ‘Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2011’; Madeira Down Hill Urbano – 2011, Saturday; Euromillions jackpot winners plan “glamorous” ceremony & home in Portugal ; Nobel Prize Winner Tomas Tranströmer wrote about Madeira; 2 Aircraft factories to open August 2012; Portugal European leader in chestnut production?

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

German Wolfgang Kemper, ‘Filkemp’ Managing Director is convinced that the Portuguese will weather this crisis….


Film notes:
“Portugal is deep in debt and will receive 78 billion euros in credit from the European Union. In return, the government in Lisbon has agreed to increase taxes and cut spending.
That will probably cause the country’s economic production to fall this year, and maybe next year too. But foreign investors are already regaining interest in the country.
A report by Julia Henrichmann for Deutsche Welle”

Madeira Down Hill Urbano – 2011, Saturday

Saturday main events 1.30 pm and 4-5.30 pm

BTT present the 3rd Prova da Taça da Madeira de Down Hill Urbano – 2011

Film of The Down Hill in Funchal in 2007 note

Link to Diario Newspaper article: http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/diario/286142/desporto/286154-funchal-recebe-festa-de-down-town

World’s greatest surfers in Portugal October 15-24th; ‘Rip Curl Pro Portugal’

The world’s greatest surfers are in Peniche, Portugal this October 15-24th for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Watch the entire event unfold LIVE at http://live.ripcurl.com

Nobel Prize Winner wrote about Madeira

The Swedish author Tomas Tranströmer has been awarded a Nobel Prize for literature.

From the official Tourism website:

“Tranströmer’s poetry has a great influence in Sweden and worldwide being the most translated Swedish poet: his poems are translated in more than 30 languages, having begun in poetry at 23 years of age. Most of his work is written in free verse although he has also experimented on metric language. He was a psychologist by profession until 1990, when he suffered a stroke that affected his ability to speak. He is actually living on an island along the Swedish coast, away from the public eye and the media…his vast works included a poem about the city of Funchal, the capital of Madeira…”

Notes for the film above: “Directly after the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, on 6 October 2011, Tomas Tranströmer and his wife Monica invited the press to their home in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more about the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature on http://www.nobelprize.org/

2 Aircraft factories to open August 2012 in Portugal

Film of Embraer’s main Production Line and HQ in Brazil.

From Portugal News:

“Vice-president of Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer said in Brussels the two plants they were building in Évora in southern Portugal “should open on schedule in August next year, just as planned”.

Jackson Schneider told Lusa News Agency “everything is going according to schedule”. Embraer has been working on the plants since late 2010 and hopes to create 600 direct jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs when the factories, costing an initial €148 million, are in production. One plant will work on metal structures such as the wings, while the other will use composite materials for tail assemblies.

Initially output will go towards Embraer’s executive jet business.”

link: http://www.theportugalnews.com/

Portugal could become a European leader in chestnut production

From Portugal News:

“A researcher from Vila Real University has concluded that, given the worth of the Portuguese chestnut on the export market, Portugal could become a European leader in chestnut production.

Portuguese chestnuts currently earn producers between €50 million and €60 million every year. The majority of chestnuts produced in Portugal are currently exported.

Chestnut “is the petrol” of the Transmontana region

José Gomes Laranjo, a professor at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, believes this means the chestnut “is the petrol” of the Transmontana region.

Image caption: Castanea sativa (chestnut); Porto, Portugal 2006 from Wikicommons

The specialist is part of the national chestnut production network RefCast, which is aiming to increase the production area of the fruit, encourage its consumption in Portugal and investment in transforming it into new products, something that is practically inexistent in Portugal.

Chestnut trees currently cover some 35 hectares of land, producing an annual average of between 50 and 60 million tonnes of chestnuts. In monetary terms, that represents between €50 million and €60 million for the producer.

Producers own on average between a hectare and a hectare and a half each of land.

“The chestnut can be grown on relatively small plots of land and earns producers a profit of around 50 percent”, Mr. Laranjo explained.

The “excellent quality” of Portuguese varieties of chestnut means it has a high international demand, the professor said, both in terms of industrialisation and as a fresh product.

“We have a product that is of value and, if there were more chestnuts, we could also increase exports”, he stressed…”

link: http://www.theportugalnews.com/

Euromillions jackpot winners plan “glamorous” ceremony and home in Portugal

A British couple who won the £101 million Euromillions jackpot have said they plan to wed in a “glamorous” ceremony in Portugal next year and will buy a home too.

Engaged couple Dave and Angie Dawes lived in a £70-a-week one-bedroom rented flat in Wishbech, Cambridgeshire. They are now planning to buy a home in Portugal, where Mrs. Dawes’ mum and dad live, as well as in Chelsea, UK.

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  1. Interesting article about chestnuts (not conkers0.
    Such a huge yield from each tree.
    Apart from stuffing turkey with a chestnut and sage etc mix at Christmas what on earth else can you do with them?
    Surely growing almonds would be better?

  2. Martin
    Remember or heard of Marrons glaces or chestnut puree?

    A Frenchman Clément Faugier invented crème de marrons de l’Ardèche (sweet chestnut purée from the Ardèche) then founded the company Clément Faugier in the 19th century during the collapse of the main textile silk industry in his region.

    What started out as a family business with a dozen employees has grown into one of France’s most respected food brands with exports to over 80 countries!

  3. For chocolate lovers, you can when cooked dip them in chocolate. You can puree them and cover in marzipan, had both a bit sickly. I prefer the wine goes down much easier and warms you up on a cold winter’s night niiiiiiiiice.

  4. Ragged clothes, small piles of belongings and a bleak future, Greece’s new army of homeless have swelled in numbers since the debt crisis hit the country.

    As part of ideas to highlight the story that has dominated headlines for the past two years, I wanted to illustrate the emerging problem of homelessness in a country which has seen a rise in the number of homeless by 20-25 percent in the last two years alone – a staggering rise in a country where adult children live with their parents, in some cases until the day they get married, and pensions traditionally go to support young families.

    Athens is the country’s largest city with an estimated population of five million and where the homeless problem is much more visible than anywhere else. Even its city center, a top tourist spot, sees dozens of homeless people having made building entrances and shop fronts their new home. Sleeping bags and cardboard boxes piled against walls, a few shopping bags of clothes and food their only belongings.
    Homelessness has now permeated all genders, races, ethnic backgrounds and social classes.
    same in portugal

  5. Jon I think we under a contract have to have words. It should not be like that, they should give reliable service to all on the island. Is not as if the population London or so.

  6. Tom Have you had a look at defencegreece.com on Cyprus, they found gold there now. ‘Significant’ Gold Deposits Found in Larnaca Area. They should pull up Turkey and Greece with their Oil/Gas once their learn to get on with each other.

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    May be like the last one we had, last year.

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