What’s happening today where you are?; Porto to Funchal Daily flights Summer 2012; First Wifi-bus; Madeiran Veteran Windsurfer in ISAF Sailing World Championships; Joao Rodrigues: longest non-stop ocean crossing; Selvagens Islands: gems of biodiversity; Parque Natural da Madeira, Portugal’s oldest national park; Renewable-energy business news; Portugal 4 medals European Cross-Country Championships; American style justice coming?;

International, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Madeira blog readers: What’s happening today and tomorrow where you are?
let everyone know in the comments section

Events in Funchal December, 13th –Tuesday

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Downtown Funchal 7pm – 7.50pm – AAGCEA Mandolin Orchestra– North Garden of São Lourenço Palace

8pm – 8.50 – AAGCEA Regina Pacis Ensemble – Main Square in front of the Cathedral
December, 14th – Wednesday

Image of Ensemble Vocal Regina Pacis

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Downtown Funchal

7pm – 8pm – AAGCEA Trio New Sound’s Band– North Garden of São Lourenço Palace

8pm – 8.50pm – AAGCEA Regina Pacis Ensemble– Main Square in front of the Cathedral

First public Wifi-bus in Madeira

Blog readers often comment about internet reception where they live in their part of the region now, there is the First Bus with free Wi-fi access on board operating between Funchal and Machico. The connection is automatic without need for a password or username. The system was tested again during the inauguration by the Tourism and Transport Secretary Conceição Estudante and the results were good…even in some tunnel sections of the journey!?

We look forward readers feedback on wifi reception from the bus!

From the Diario Newspaper

Porto to Funchal Daily flights in Summer 2012

From the Diario:

The airline Transavia have announced that there will be daily flights from Porto to Funchal in Summer 2012 after much demand on the route between April and October 2011.

link: http://www.dnoticias.pt/actualidade/economia/297435-transaviacom-voa-diariamente-para-o-porto-no-verao-de-2012

 

ISAF Sailing World Championships day 10, Perth, Western Australia

From Sail World.com:

“Windsurfing veteran Joao Rodrigues, who came third, is hoping he can make London 2012 his sixth Olympic Games…”

link: http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/ISAF-Sailing-World-Championships-day-10/91785

Preview of World Championships

From The West.com.au

A world champion in 1995, Joao Rodrigues has won 22 regattas worldwide and is using the ISAF sailing world championships in Fremantle to qualify for his sixth Olympics in London next year.

Longest non-stop ocean crossing

But for all his prowess, Rodrigues is even more famous for a rare windsurfing feat recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest non-stop ocean crossing.

Parque Natural da Madeira, Portugal’s oldest national park

This year he sailed across the Atlantic from his home island of Madeira to Selvagem Grande. He made the 160-nautical mile crossing, not only to celebrate his 40th birthday, but also to recognise the same anniversary of Parque Natural da Madeira, Portugal’s oldest national park.

Selvagens Islands: gems of biodiversity

The park administers the islands, which are considered gems of biodiversity.

Renewable energy business news: a possible growth industry for southern Europe

Eon offered to move base of some renewable-energy businesses to Portugal;

From the FT:

Berlin backs Eon’s bid for Portugal stake

“The German government has stepped in to help Eon, the country’s biggest
utility, secure a stake in Energias de Portugal, which the government in
Lisbon is auctioning off as part of reforms spurred by the eurozone debt
crisis.

Angela Merkel, chancellor, sought to stress the benefits of Eon’s offer for
Lisbon’s 21 per cent stake in EDP in a recent conversation with Pedro Passos
Coelho, Portuguese prime minister, according to people familiar with the
situation.


Eon offered to move the base of some renewable-energy businesses to Portugal

As well as a €2bn bid, Eon has offered to move the base of some
renewable-energy businesses to Portugal, something that Eon – and Berlin –
argue could help the Portuguese economy at a very tricky time.

Renewable energy business: a possible growth industry for southern Europe

Eon has also said it would be interested in teaming up with EDP to invest in
renewables projects in Portugal – green energy being an area the German
government stresses as a possible growth industry for southern Europe.

But the German government and Eon also run the risk of looking like they are
trying to profit from Portugal’s austerity drive – a policy demanded by
Berlin in return for help from the eurozone rescue fund.”

link:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5a5c07f0-240e-11e1-a4b7-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1gJ7tQ3fY

European Cross-Country Championships: Portugal wins 4 medals

from the Público Newspaper article.

Ana Santos Félix wins silver last weekend and overall Portuguese athletes
won four medals.

Minister for Justice wants American style justice

Correio da Manhã reports on how the Minister for Justice Paula Teixeira da
Cruz is reforming the justice system, introducing new measures including the
end of the right to lie in court and a strengthening of judges’ powers in
the application of penalties.

Images from the Diario Nespaper unless stated.

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  1. Madeira blog readers: what’s happening today and tomorrow where you are?..
    let everyone know in the comments section

    Events in Funchal December, 13th –Tuesday include:

    10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Downtown Funchal 7pm – 7.50pm – AAGCEA Mandolin Orchestra– North Garden of São Lourenço Palace

    8pm – 8.50 – AAGCEA Regina Pacis Ensemble – Main Square in front of the Cathedral

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  2. From the dnoticias.pt

    PCP to understand that with some regularity, there has to be updating the price of public transport. But does not accept the values ​​that the Government, through Student Conception, has already announced 15%.

    In political action, this morning, next to the times of Funchal Anadia, Leonel Nunes said that the values ​​of the increase is unacceptable, if for nothing else, because we are in a time of increased difficulties for families.

    The PCP has made all, and pass an ‘average’ in Funchal, will go from 36.5 to 42 euros. An increase of more than 5 euros. In practice this means that “thousands of workers” will have to work at least two days just to pay the pass.

    “Enough of thefts” Enough of exploration! This should not be! We must say no! We must fight the increases that we want to impose “This is one of the messages contained in a leaflet distributed by the PCP during this political action.

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  3. The Russian Ballet at the Congress on Tuesday night was absolutely excellent.
    Their rendition of Sleeping Beauty was wondeful and at 35 e each good value.
    The house was half full and gave a standing ovation at the end.
    It costs 45 e at the Theatre over Christmas and I recommend you attend.
    The dancers were in absolute synchr
    onisation when required and showed great skill.

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