‘No one can keep us from this Euro’; Portugal’s PM Pedro Passos Coelho visits Angola; Portugal seeks Angolan investment; Dia Nacional do Mar; Madeira’s biodiversity; Portugal thrash Bosnia-Hercegovina to seal finals spot;

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portugal thrash Bosnia-Hercegovina to seal finals spot

From BBC website:

“Portugal secured their place at Euro 2012 with an emphatic 6-2 second leg victory over Bosnia-Hercegovina.

'No one can keep us from this Euro'; Portugal's PM Pedro Passos Coelho visits Angola; Portugal seeks Angolan investment; Dia Nacional do Mar; Madeira's biodiversity; Portugal thrash Bosnia-Hercegovina to seal finals spot; 1

Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga both scored twice while Bosnia’s Senad Lulic was sent off as Portugal reached the finals in Poland and Ukraine…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zWhUxKe5H0

link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15748611.stm

link to Diario article:

http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/diario/292805/desporto/292934-fome-que-deu-em-fartura

‘No one can keep us from this Euro’

Portugal Daily View reports that:

O Jogo Newspaper reports that «No one can keep us from this Euro» …about the Portuguese national team’s performance against Bosnia, qualifying the country for the Euro 2012, after the six goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Postiga and Miguel Veloso.

Images from Madeira’s Diario Newspaper

Portugal ‘National Sea Day’ – Dia Nacional do Mar

Today, Wednesday is Dia Nacional do Mar -‘National Sea Day’ and The Centro de Ciência Viva do Porto Moniz e a Escola Básica e Secundária de Santa Cruz along with other bodies and organisations are celebrating and recognising the Day with many events.

'No one can keep us from this Euro'; Portugal's PM Pedro Passos Coelho visits Angola; Portugal seeks Angolan investment; Dia Nacional do Mar; Madeira's biodiversity; Portugal thrash Bosnia-Hercegovina to seal finals spot; 3

link to Diario Article and Photo Gallery of Marine life around the world:
http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/fotoreportagem/292957-dia-nacional-do-mar

Madeira’s biodiversity

“A vision of Madeira Islands biodiversity. Presented at the 2010 Lisbon Travel Market (BTL – Tourism Fair) by the Portuguese nature and underwater photographer Luís Dias.

Film on Angola’s economy

Portugal’s PM Pedro Passos Coelho visits Angola

BBC article:

“Portugal’s prime minister is travelling to oil-rich Angola, which is boosting its investment in its former colonial power caught up in the eurozone debt crisis.

Angolan presidential aide Carlos Maria Feijo said Portugal’s privatisation scheme would be discussed.

The International Monetary Fund has ordered Portugal to sell state companies to qualify for a bailout.

Angola’s investments in Portugal have risen sharply in recent years.”

Reversal of former colonial roles

“Former BBC Angola correspondent Louise Redvers say there is now a reversal of former colonial roles, with cash-strapped Portugal considering selling shares in state-owned companies to Angola.

The IMF has agreed to give Portugal a $107bn bailout on condition that it introduces a wide range of economic reforms – including privatisation.

However, anti-corruption campaigner Rafael Marques says Portugal should be careful about accepting money from Angola, where corruption is endemic.”

Angolan President Jose Euardo Dos Santos’ chief of staff, Carlos Maria Feijo, said Angola would discuss Portugal’s privatisation scheme during Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s visit.

“I think that each country is respecting its own interests and is just following its own interests,” he said.

“Many Angolans have business interests in Portugal, but also a lot of Portuguese people are here in Luanda making business, so I would say it’s a reciprocity which is good for both countries.”

Mr Passos Coelho told the Journal de Angola newspaper that Angolan companies would be “very welcome” to buy shares in state-owned companies targeted for privatisation, though none had shown an interest so far.

Portugal was committed to strengthening bilateral ties with Angola, he is quoted as saying.

IPRIS researcher Pedro Seabra said the sharp increase in Angolan investments in Portugal was unprecedented.

“I can’t think of anywhere where it has happened like this,” he said.

“I am sure we are going to see a lot more Angolan purchases of Portuguese assets in the near future.”

Portugal’s economy is expected to contract by 2.8% in 2012, while Angola’s is expected to grow by 12%, analysts say.

Privatisations

Portuguese companies expected to be privatised include national airline TAP, utilities company Energias de Portugal and national grid operator Redes Energeticas Nacionais.

The family of Mr Dos Santos – who has been in power for 32 years – controls a large chunk of Angola’s economy, while most Angolans live in poverty.

Mr Dos Santos’s daughter Isabel is known to have a large Portuguese portfolio, as does the state oil firm Sonangol, our former correspondent says.

Mr Passos Coelho grew up in Angola

This will be Mr Passos Coelho’s first visit to Angola since he was elected to office in June.

He grew up in Angola, where his father was a doctor during the colonial era.

Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1975..”

link to full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15755766

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