10 reasons to visit Portugal; Walk: Jardim do Mar-Prazeres-Paul do Mar; PR19 Caminho Real do Paul do Mar; Jazz Club Funchal?; Fishermens lives in Madeira; New Employment Laws; Signing New ‘Acordo social’; Whale and dolphin watching in Madeira region;

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Walk: Jardim do Mar-Prazeres-Paul do Mar

Great film of a very popular Walk on Madeira’s south-west coast in Calheta region including the PR19 Caminho Real do Paul do Mar

Jazz Club proposed for Ocean Front location in Funchal

The Câmara Municipal do Funchal through Empresa da Frente-Mar is putting out a tender to explore interest and proposals for a Jazz Club in a location on the Ocean Front in Funchal

link to article http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/diario/302137/5-sentidos/302182-camara-cria-concurso-para-clube-de-jazz-na-promenade

New Employment Laws-Signing of new ‘Acordo social’

From Portugal Daily View:

“The Portuguese government, employers, and one of the country’s two trade union confederations concluded months of tough tripartite negotiations Tuesday, signing an austerity accord that includes cuts to holidays and time off and makes dismissals easier.

Minister of the Economy and Employment Álvaro Santos Pereira described the agreement, inked before dawn after a final 17-hour negotiating session, as “the basis for conquering the crisis”, for relaunching an economy in recession.

“Portugal shows the world, the markets, that once more we know how to overcome our differences and unite in a time of difficulty”, he said.

In contrast, Arménio Carlos, a leader of Portugal’s largest labour organisation CGTP, which walked out of the talks, said the accord represented a return to “feudalism”.

“It’s good for big business, but terrible for workers because it…weakens social security and reduces the income of workers”, he said.

At the insistence of the CGTP and the UGT, the labour group that signed up, the government agreed to drop its controversial proposal to increase the working day by 30 unpaid minutes.

UGT leader João Proença, acknowledging the agreement was “strongly negative” for labour, said he had inked the deal because “it was important the country have an accord in the face of the severe crisis”.

The head of the Portuguese Confederation of Industry (CIP), António Saraiva, applauded the deal, describing it as a “global accord for growth, competitiveness, and jobs” at a time of “emergency”.

The social partners came into accord to reduce in three days the holiday period to 22 from 25, while holidays are going to be scrapped, reducing effectively the legal non-working days per year. The Portuguese newspaperDiário de Notícias wrote that missing work close to public holidays will mean losing two days of salary.

Other measures which might prove controversial include:

-the creation of an annual 150-hour “fund” of extra,
-unpaid work time per employee, which each business will be free to manage how it sees fit
-In the case of collective bargaining, the “fund” rises to 200 hours.

The draft, which should be signed Wednesday, also includes a greater flexibility of labour contracts – making it easier for businesses to dismiss workers based on a variety of new justifications, including maladaptation to the workplace, among other measures – and will enable unemployed workers to accumulate up to half of their jobless benefits with another salary.”

link to article: http://www.portugaldailyview.com/01-whats-new/labour-law-portuguese-tripartite-austerity-deal-inked-after-months-of-negotiations

Fishermens lives in Madeira

Profile of fishermens lives in words and pictures in the Sunday Magazine ‘Mais’ of the Diario Newspaper

link to feature:
http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/revista/301622/301799-capa-vidas-salgadas

Popularity of whale and dolphin watching in Madeira region

Popularity of whale and dolphin watching in Madeira region is covered in the Sunday Magazine of the Diario Newspaper including excursions to the Desertas Islands where the rare Monk seals may be spotted

link to article http://www.dnoticias.pt/impressa/revista/301622/301797-capa-terra-a-vista

10 reasons to visit Portugal

images from Diario Newspaper unless otherwise stated

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  1. from the dnoticias.pt .Carlos Pereira contests options of the Regional Government … Closing the health centers and maintain the Jornal da Madeira”…The leader of the parliamentary group of the PS-M contest the decision of the Regional Government to close the emergency of some health centers. Carlos Pereira said in a press conference that the GR are the options against the locals.

    “It is incomprehensible that health centers are close to save one million euros a year and spend five million in the Journal of Madeira,” he said. Congressman defends a solution to the JM to take into account “competition and plurality.”

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