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Armas to end ferry operation between Portimao and Funchal
from the dnoticias.pt…. Naviera ” .. The Naviera Armas this morning sent an information to its largest customers in Madeira announcing the end of its operations between this and southern autonomous region of Portugal. “Unless unforeseen last-minute changes, Naviera Armas place next weekend, last week his regular travel-Funchal-Funchal Portimao,” says the note sent by e-mail and signed by the director of online Javier Garcia. As the diaries reveal about two weeks, the company canarian was to examine the continuity of the line due to a number of difficulties in the operation. The note sent to clients does not reveal whether this abandonment includes the links between Madeira and the Canarie.”
Extra flights to Madeira in 2012 including Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff
From Easy Voyage:
“Atlantic Holidays has announced that it is to add several new flights to its Madeira schedule between May and October of this year. Currently flying to the island from a handful of major city airports, the company will add a total of 17 new flights from 10 new airports around the country, including Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
This year there will be an additional flight from the Northern Irish capital. Dino Toouli of Atlantic Holidays commented: “Having successfully operated a series of flights to Madeira from Belfast International in 2011, we had originally planned to operate 3 flights during 2012, however due to a strong demand for our holidays, we are delighted to have this opportunity to increase the programme by adding an additional departure on 9th July.”
Ponta do Pargo Golf Course
Article on future of Golf Course Development at Ponta do Pargo
images from Diario Newspaper unless otherwise stated
Santana Madeira UNESCO biosphere reserve
“This new biosphere reserve is the first in the Madeira Archipelago. The site features a rich fauna and flora that incorporates a high degree of endemism.
Declaration Date: 2011
Surface Area: 15.218,04
Core area(s): 5.884,05; marine 1.708,45; terrestrial 4.175,60
Buffer zone(s): 707,67; marine 109,68; terrestrial 597,99
Transition area(s): 8.626,32; marine 3.845,93; terrestrial 4.780,39
Administrative authorities: Santana City Council
Latitude: 32º 46’ N; Longitude: 16º 54’ W
Madeira Island is characterized by having very steep relief and the coastal area is almost entirely composed of steep sea cliffs and some cliff deposits as a result of the retreat of the cliffs due to oceanic abrasion. In the center of the island there is a mountain massif composed of several mountains with altitudes above 1600 m, cut by numerous basaltic dykes and veins. In the eastern part of the massif, there is an extensive plateau with an average altitude of 1550 meters. The link between coastal and central mountain massif is made up of several hills and valleys, resulting from the water weathering of bedrock. This geomorphological complexity results in a huge set of heterogeneous bio-climatic characteristics that create conditions for the existence of a wide diversity of native climatophylous broadleaf vegetation and unique habitats, especially the Macaronesian coasts with endemic vegetation, the Mediterranean laurel forest of the Canary laurel, the temperate laurel forest of the Madeira laurel and high-altitude heathlands.
The proposed Biosphere Reserve corresponds to the entire onshore area of the municipality of Santana, and includes the adjacent marine area to the isobath of 200 m of depth.
The total resident population in the area of the proposed Biosphere Reserve is of 8591 inhabitants, of which 99% live in the transition zone, 1% in the buffer zone and 0% in core areas.
The core zones are Sites of Community Interest, which integrate Natura 2000 areas and the buffer zones correspond to ruled usage areas through various planning and management instruments. The transition zones consist mainly of rural land, urban and public and private plots, with rules for its use imposed by activities management plans…”
Portuguese shoemaking: record year in 2011 on strong exports
“Portuguese shoemaking, one of the oldest and most traditional industries, had a record year in 2011 on strong exports…”
“The shoemaker companies, which sell nearly all their production overseas, registered 17 percent growth last year, according to industry group APICCAPS. For the nine months to September 2011, sales totalled 1.23 billion euros ($1.6 billion), “nearly as much in all of 2010,” it said. Exports continue to drive growth, with 95 percent of output going to some 130 countries, especially in northern Europe where Portuguese footwear has established markets under a slew of eye-catching brands.”
eye-catching brands include Dkode
eye-catching brands: Dkode, Nobrand, Camport, Eject, Mack James, Softwaves, Fly London
the names are all chosen to have an Anglo-Saxon ring to them so they stand out in a very competitive market.
Kyaia: Fly London
Kyaia, which markets its Fly London brand worldwide, posted sales of 50 million euros and employs over 500 people in a Portugal
Unlike the textile industry, which has suffered badly from the economic slowdown and cheaper products made in Asia and other emerging markets, ‘Made in Portugal’ shoes have held up well, fighting alongside their Spanish and Italian rivals to hold on to market share.
President explains pension gaffe
From Portugal Daily View:
Correio da Manhã Newspaper
‘Cavaco Silva explains pension gaffe’, says Correio da Manhã, as the Portuguese president prepares to meet Bank of Portugal governor Carlos Costa to discuss pension controversy. The newspaper’s report comes after the outcry following president Cavaco Silva’s statements, who said that his monthly teacher pension worth €1,300 plus the pension he receives from the Bank of Portugal would not be enough to cover all his expenses.
Art lovers flock to Lisbon
Article title: Art lovers flock to the eurozone’s crisis capitals
Lisbon profiting from an influx of cultural tourists attracted by the warm climate, political stability, low crime rates and competitive prices
From the FT:
“Lisbon… is also profiting from an influx of cultural tourists attracted by the warm climate, political stability, low crime rates and competitive prices…
Visitors from Europe and the US basked in warm sunshine on Friday as they enjoyed views of Lisbon and the Tagus river from the battlements of São Jorge’s Castle, the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
Cilla Lundberg, from Innsbruck, Austria, said that to find a “politically safe” country to visit had been an important consideration when she looked online for a warm holiday destination.
Lisbon ranks second after Amsterdam as the European capital with both the biggest growth in overnight stays during the past five years and the most overnight stays relative to the number of inhabitants
image of the Museu do Chiado art museum
According to consultants Roland Berger Strategy, Lisbon ranks second after Amsterdam as the European capital with both the biggest growth in overnight stays during the past five years and the most overnight stays relative to the number of inhabitants – 6.2m in 2010 for a population of about 1m.
Number of foreign visitors to Lisbon increased by 9.1 per cent during the first 10 months of 2011 compared with the same period the previous year
While the Portuguese economy is estimated to have contracted 1.6 per cent in 2011 and is expected to shrink 3.1 per cent this year – the country’s worst recession in half a century – the number of foreign visitors to Lisbon increased by 9.1 per cent during the first 10 months of 2011 compared with the same period the previous year.
The Jerónimos Monastery, another leading attraction, and the Museu do Chiado art museum have registered increases in visitor numbers of 7.4 per cent and 26.1 per cent during a similar period..”
Prazeres art exhibition, Madeira
The Galeria dos Prazeres presents an exhibition of the artista plástico madeirense Rui Carvalho until 26 de Fevereiro.
link to Galeria dos Prazeres:
‘Mysteries of Lisbon’ film wins another international award
from the Guardian:
“The Toronto Film Critics Association, Canada’s largest association of film
critics, awarded director Raul Ruiz’s masterpiece “Mysteries of Lisbon,” as
Best Foreign Film for 2011 alongside Terrence Malik’s “Tree of Life” awarded
for Best Director and Best Film. Currently chaired by film critic Brian
Johnson of the prestigious magazine “Maclean,” the Toronto Film Critics
Levada Walk: Levada do Moinho na Lombada da Ponta do Sol
link to article: http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/revista/302827/302993-passeio-a-pe-na-luta-pela-agua
All images from Diario Newspaper unless otherwise stated