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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.
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…”
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
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
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.”
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.