Prestige Dance Spectaular Tribute Machico Sunday?; ‘Homens da Luta’ gig at Madeira Universidade; Art exhibition in Prazeres, Calheta; Yellow alerts: wind and rain; International nautical regatta Transatlantic Adventure; OnDeck Atlantic Adventure 2011 Legs 1&2 Madeira; 14th Madeira International Bridge Open;

Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati:

Yellow alerts issued by the Instituto de Meteorologia for wind and rain in Madeira region for this weekend


 

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To keep up to date see the IM site:
http://www.meteo.pt/en/index.html

Prestige Dance Spectaular Tribute Machico Sunday?

Film above of a Prestige Dance Presentation in Forum Machico in 2006

Prestige Dance present ‘Em Ritmo de Dança’, homage and tribute to founder member Miguel Silva who died last August at Fórum Machico 5pm on Sunday? Entry is free and it is etimated that 120 performers will participate. Dancers from Kaleidoscope, The Gabinete Coordenador de Educação Artística and students from the Conservatório will participate in a programme including danças clássicas, latino-americanas, a contemporânea, dances of the world and dança moderna.

Yuriy Tsikhotskyy, director of the Club is responsible for the event.

‘Homens da Luta’, Universidade da Madeira, Saturday night, 22h30, Tickets 7 euros

More details below:

From Wikipedia:

Homens da Luta (Men of the Struggle) is a Portuguese improvisational comedy and musical street performance group consisting of brothers Vasco Duarte (Falâncio) and Nuno Duarte “Jel” (Neto). Their songs are a parody of songs sung during the period after the 1974 Carnation Revolution, and the characters played are caricatures of the revolutionary singers of the time, such as Zeca Afonso and José Mário Branco. Homens da Luta often use the term “struggle” to invoke slogans that became famous during the revolutionary era, such as “A Luta Continua” (The Struggle Goes On). In 2010 Homens da Luta released an mp3 album called “A Canção é uma arma” (The song is a weapon) consisting of 14 songs. One of their most popular songs is “E o povo, pá?” (What about the people, man?).

Eurovision Song Contest

In 2010, Homens da Luta took part in the RTP Song Festival 2010, with the song “Luta assim não dá” (The struggle can’t go on like this). The song was disqualified as it had been previously performed, which was a breach of the rules of the Festival and the international ESC.

In 2011, they entered the contest again with the song “A luta é alegria” (The struggle is joy), lyrics by Nuno Duarte “Jel” and composed by Vasco Duarte. They were in sixth place until the public vote was counted, at which point they ended up on the first place, winning a place in Düsseldorf. They represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, but did not gain enough votes from other countries for a place in the final round. Since the group are comedians and not singers, and because their victory was also based on popular support rather than the selected jury, there were some negative reactions to their win on the site of the contest.”

Art exhibition in Prazeres, Calheta

Image from Diario Newspaper

Art exhibition in Prazeres, Calheta of 2 artistas plásticas madeirenses Guida Ferraz e Alice Sousa was inaugurated yesterday Friday…..titled: ‘Águas do Tempo’and is displayed in the 2 exhibition areas of Prazeres Gallery situated in the Jardim Pedagogica cultural complex behind Prazeres village Church

THE ONDECK ATLANTIC ADVENTURE 2011

From ‘OnDeck’
http://www.ondeck.co.uk/transatlantic/ondeck-atlantic-adventure.htm#

“Portugal – Madeira – Cape Verde – Barbados

Leg 1 : Porto (Portugal) – Funchal (Madeira) via Vilamoura Approx. 850nm
Leg 2: Funchal (Madeira) – Sao Vicente (Cape Verde) Approx. 1,058nm
Leg 3: Sao Vicente (Cape Verde) – Carlisle Bay (Barbados) Approx. 2,000nm

The Atlantic Adventure is split into 3 individual legs, each one increasing in time and distance. Setting sail from the Portuguese port of Porto in early October, the 3,500 nautical mile voyage to Barbados takes around 6 weeks to complete, ending in the third week of November.

The first 2 legs consist of fast cruising and teaching. The final leg, from the Cape Verde Islands to Barbados, is a competitive match race sponsored as a Red Cap Event by Mount Gay Rum.

If you don’t have the time to do the whole adventure in one go, you can gain confidence and experience over a number of years taking a leg at a time as each leg is no more than 2 weeks in duration.”

Film: “Clive Wheatley talks to Ondeck’s Kylea Trinder about his experiences so far as he crosses the Atlantic from Portsmouth to Barbados via Porto, Vilamoura, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands…”

Madeira: excellent navigation facilities

From official Tourism Website:

“Madeira Autonomous Region offers excellent navigation facilities for the anchorage of vessels in the island, providing nautical adventurers with several marinas and ports of call.

Therefore Madeira will host another international nautical regatta – Transatlantic Adventure. The first stage of this event starts at Oporto in direction of Madeira Island. The following stage will begin at Funchal towards Sao Vicente Island in Cape Verde. This race will be concluded next November, with the crossing between Cape Verde and Barbados (in Carlisle Bay), in a total of 3,500 nautical miles.

Up to 2011, Madeira has recorded the arrival of various nautical races such as “Clipper”, “Transat” and “Transquadra”.”

14th Madeira International Bridge Open

From the official Tourism Website:

“The Bridge Open, organized by the Club Sports of Madeira, is held this year at the CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA Hotel, in Funchal, and is offering a total of € 19,000 in prize money.

Image from Diario Newspaper

This event will bring together several teams and pairs over a period of seven days…”

Much information about the programme, registration, past Opens is on the website: www.bridge-madeira.com

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  1. Martin, I am afraid you are wrong, Brits have not contributed to the continental transport system.
    The politicians never give you the full story, the Thatcher rebate was obtained by UK opting out of the EU transport budget, hence no investment from the EU for UK transport infrastructure. the sad thing has been that little of the rebate has been invested in the UK roads.

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  2. Strongish SW wind veering West then North with some rain tonight and tomorrow …
    maybe! But GORGEOUS at this Eastern end and up at Santo de Serra at the moment, sunny and 25*c.

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  3. Well Richard, if we haven’t sent money for the EU roads (However I’m sure all funds go into the pot) then the money we have sent does not seem to been used for anything useful.
    Bliar ensured the shortfall was made up though.
    We send money to nearly all the countries of the world including India, Pakistan, Russia and Brazil.
    All of whom can develop nuclear arms whilst having massive poverty and debt.
    Soviet style governments such as the EU are doomed.
    Margaret Thatcher was right to be wary of EU politicians waving “wonderful schemes”.
    What a farsighted lady she is.
    She broke the back of the Marxist unions in England, so allowing firms such as mine to expand into areas of business previously denied by closed shops.
    Expansion of all business throughout England followed.
    She ensured roads happened, such as the completion of the M25 around London.
    Without her intervention we should still be using byways and ratruns.
    In case anybody says she closed the coalmines, so did Belgium, Germany and France all at the same time. unionists choose to ignore these facts.
    World prices closed the mines.
    England would be better off to renegotiate its relationship with the EU. It is too one sided at present.
    The EU needs a vital England to sell its goods and services to.

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  4. My UK home is in north Dorset, afraid we only have rat runs west of Amsbury and Southampton, it can take more than an hour to navigate one’s way around Stonehenge on the A303.
    It only takes me 25 minutes from my house in Calheta to Funchal.
    Problem is in the UK to much money has been wasted on benefits hence the high rates of tax and a very over crowded road net work.
    My companies were in Transport, delays cost us a fortune!

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  5. Richard Too much money being wasted by all Governments & EU. Its not rocket science to run things. Its simple ” you run the peoples money as if you run your home” tight budgets and book keeping. The world been took to the knackers yard by the banks. They let they again was like the leaders. Let money slip though their fingers as it was melted butter. If Wednesday go though ok?? Everyone needs to be honest say lets go back to tight ship All Governments EU included tight month budgets, you have to put your case across you deserve it. You close one of the EU Parliaments, get people to ( what you call leaning ) though the eu, make things run better, quicker, and most of all save money, it be faster and cheaper going to tight monthy budgets. The money quickly saved can be used to help countries or pay the debt off, be better. The countries that need money you have to show the EU people your country books are in order. Cut red tape. Quotes you have to show 3 and put your case across. Some one will look into the work and check work been done after wards. The EU can work on good old fashion values. Learn from the mistakes own up and do something positive for a better europe. we all in this together in war or in peace. They is little countries in the eu with little or no money look up to the bigger counties for example ( they let them down big style).

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  6. 1. Richard Too much money being wasted by all Governments & EU. It’s not rocket science to run things. It’s simple” you run the people’s money as if you run your home” tight budgets and book keeping. The world been took to the knackers yard by the banks. And again by the leaders. Letting money slip though their fingers as it was melted butter. If Wednesday go though ok?? Everyone needs to be honest say let’s go back to tight ship All Governments EU included tight month budgets, you have to put your case across you deserve it. You close one of the EU Parliaments, get people to ( what you call leaning ) though the eu, make things run better, quicker, and most of all save money, it be faster and cheaper going to tight monthly budgets. The money quickly saved can be used to help countries or pay the debt off, be better. The countries that need money you have to show the EU people your country books are in order. Cut red tape. Quotes you have to show 3 and put your case across. Someone will look into the work and check work been done after wards. The EU can work on good old fashion values. Learn from the mistakes own up and do something positive for a better Europe. We all in this together in war or in peace. They are little countries in the eu with little or no money look up to the bigger counties for example (they let them down big style). They been too many lies, too many cover ups and people simply not doing their job. They want to money but they don’t want the responbilty. Greece debt can be paided off by getting them to solve their defences with Turkey. Get the oil, gas, gold out, bring in private sector. The need of the millions in the EU is greater than the few in Greece and Turkey. They is a saying the bigger the elephant the bigger the…..The world would have a great lost not having an elephant; this elephant needs to have a diet, so it be healthy and happier. The people of the EU need to be seeking and asking for change.

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  7. Some interesting statistics from the UK Government Departments BIS and DFID, 2011

    1. Europe is the natural backyard of British companies

    “Europe is the world’s most important trading area with 500 million people
    generating a total GDP of close to about £10 trillion in 2010. The EU is vital to
    the UK’s growth and prosperity, with European markets accounting for half of
    the UK’s overall exports of goods and services.

    Eight out of the UK’s ten main
    export markets are in the EU. As a result of this economic exchange, around
    3.5 million jobs in the UK are linked to the export of goods and services to the
    EU.

    Other EU Member States are both the main source and the main destination
    of foreign direct investment (FDI) in and from the UK. In 2008, 49% of the total
    of inward FDI came from these countries. The stock of inward FDI coming
    from other Member States has risen from £151bn at the end of 1999 (EU15)
    to £465bn at the end of 2008 (EU27) – i.e. from 35% to 49% of the total. In
    2008, 44% of total outward UK FDI flows went to other EU27 countries. The
    stock of outward FDI into the EU (£465bn) generated 48% of total earnings
    from UK investments abroad.

    In the last decade, although Germany, Netherlands, France and Ireland
    remain the principal destinations for UK exports, the EU’s enlargement has
    opened up new export markets for British companies. UK exports of goods
    and services to the 12 new member states were worth over £11.6bn in 2009,
    almost three times the £4.5bn of exports ten years earlier.
    Free movement within the EU allows 1.5 million British citizens to study and
    work in the EU without requiring a work permit. Reciprocal rights for EU
    citizens bring valuable skills, experience and money into UK universities and
    businesses.”

    link: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/international-trade-investment-and-development/docs/u/11-719-uk-and-single-market

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