Orange weather sea alert; Yellow weather wind alert; More flights from Germany to Madeira; Madeiran Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or; ‘Special One’ and André Villas-Boas nominated for 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year; Reid’s Palace celebrates 120 Years; Reid’s gardens and Sir Winston Churchill and Sir George Bernard Shaw; Portugal resurrects the Airship

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Orange weather sea alert, Yellow weather wind alert
Keep up to date on the Instituto de Meteorologia site:
http://www.meteo.pt/en/index.html

Image from the Diario
Also, on Wednesday some planes were diverted because of the weather conditions at Santa Catarina, Madeira to Porto Santo.
Madeiran Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqhdap5UGas

“Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was nominated among 23 finalists for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, the football’s global governing body announced Tuesday. He was awarded the Ballon d’Or award for the first time in 2008.
The award is a combination of the FIFA World Player of the Year accolade and France Football Magazine’s Ballon d’Or.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, also nominated, won the first FIFA Ballon d’Or last year, the first time the two player of the year awards were combined. Messi and Ronaldo are the favorites to claim the award again this season.
‘Special One’ José Mourinho and André Villas-Boas nominated for 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year
“Portuguese natives José Mourinho and André Villas-Boas are among the 10 coaches nominated on the 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year shortlist…”

images from Madeira’s Diario Newspaper

From The Portuguese American Journal: http://portuguese-american-journal.com/world%E2%80%99s-best-cristiano-ronald-nominated-for-the-2011-fifa-ballon-dor-%E2%80%93-award/
Portugal resurrects the Airship

“In Portugal, researchers are resurrecting the airship, working on a new design that could be used to transport cargo or people..”
German Airline Germania will operate flights from 3 German Airports to Madeira: Bremen, Friedrichshafen and Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden

Reid’s Palace celebrates 120 Years

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqFPBQVjVKM&feature=related

Reid’s Palace has been celebrating it’s 120th birthday in 2011 and to honour this great achievement there was another special event on 1st November: ‘A 120 Years Celebration Grand Ball’
“Set in subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this legendary Orient-Express hotel in Madeira has, for more than a century, been the ultimate place to stretch out in the sun and relax. Its subtropical gardens are internationally renowned, and now feature a spa tucked in among the trees.
Over the years Reid’s has honed the art of pampering every single guest. Whether a young child or a centenarian, a fun-seeking teenager or a sports-mad 30-something, there are activities both within the hotel’s estate and beyond to keep you on the go year-round…”
Reid’s ten acres of lush semi-tropical gardens and Sir Winston Churchill and Sir George Bernard Shaw
Reid’s is set in ten acres of lush semi-tropical gardens, where hanging vines merge with glorious displays of geraniums, hibiscus and salvias. Our guests find it the perfect place to relax and discover the beauty of the plants and birds that make Madeira such a magical place.
Reid’s gardeners ensure that the garden is a riot of colour throughout the year. Featuring trees from all over the world, including Brazil, China, North and South America, Australia, Africa, Korea and Japan alongside flowering shrubs, including hibiscus, bougainvillea, mimosa, wisteria and rhododendron, and a rich variety of the brilliant flowers that have earned Madeira its title as the ‘Garden of the Atlantic’.
The gardens are synonymous with Reid’s Palace and in bygone days a walk in the garden would bring you upon Sir Winston Churchill reflecting on his memoirs, or Sir George Bernard Shaw mastering the finer points of the tango on the lawns.
Our team of gardeners work hard to ensure that the gardens are maintained in perfect condition throughout the year and they are always delighted to share their years of experience with our guests…”
From the official Reid’s Palace Hotel site.

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  1. The Sarkosy/Merkel group leaders of the Eurozone have lost their pleading to China for funds—- 100 billion or so for their European Finanancial Stability Facility.

    China (sublect to stringent conditions) will put funds into the IMF because it is not solely focussed on Europe.

    China has 3.2 Trillion of foreign currency reserves.

    If the Eurozone was properly managed it too could have surplus, but no! Spend Spend Spend.
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    Now the eurozone will cut back and save and borrow, and not grow, all at the same time.

    The next 30 years could be bleak financially for europeans unless revolution takes hold.

    What is this fixation they have with borrowing.

    Taxpayers must keep a tighter rein on their elected representatives.

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  2. Please can anyone help me. Do anyone know what import tax be, If someone buys from Hong Kong at €220 apox.
    Or would USA or Canada be any better on import tax at same price.

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  3. Some one said to me on their pension, if they went to Canada their pension would stop. I presume anyone out the EU would get same reply. Someone may put me right if I am wrong.

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  4. Martin I agree with you on euro being properly managed. You could say that with Britain, USA and others. If it was not for the bankers letting the smell of $$$$$ going to their heads. Old fashion book keeping it now in order, and not taking peoples word. with spot checks should be the fashion. I would have thought.

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  5. Peter, the only guidance I can give re import tax is based on two e-bay good “deals”:

    Item from Hong Kong – no import tax levied, delivered directly to our Casa, as advertised, bargain.

    Item from U.S.A. “held” at postal services/customs in Funchal until I visited, identified and and paid a lot of import tax – a couple of years ago and I think it was approx 25% of value….haven’t done it again!

    For further info, New Cars here are subject to some 25% import tax!
    e.g. U.K. price for new Toyota thingy is £16,000 …. Madeira price is E24,000!

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  6. Democracy Eurozone style.

    If you the Greeks have a referendum to ask your electorate if they wish to receive billions of euros in a bailout fund, then whatever the outcome no money will be forthcoming.

    You will not ask the voters!

    They will HAVE to agree to being poor and indebted to the eurozone for years to come.

    I seem to remember when France did the same to Germany in the 20’s a fascist state emerged!

    So Greece, say Germany and France do as we say or else!(what’s happened to the rest of the countries in the euro?).

    Bet Greeks charge German and French visitors 50% vat and spit in their soup or worse!

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  7. Martin I hope we never go down the 20s road again. A friend did remark to me the other day. Least majority of people not starving, or on rations. Like before the two wars. Maybe the answer with Greece pay off is “we sell it you drill for it”. By what I talking about is their oil and gas. The company who drills will be smiling, the Greece people be smiling some the debt been payed off. Greece may not get what they fully wanted drilling and making the bigger profit. The old saying beggars cant be choosers. The euro countries will make further gains by cheaper oil and gas. It may get things moving in the Euro zone as well.

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