Politics dominate the press at the moment with the local elections imminent. However the Diario’s “More” supplement last weekend featured an article entitled “From Green to Grey”, with shots of the aftermath of the recent fires above Monte and São Roque.
The newspaper notes that forest fires have become a real problem for an island that relies on tourists who are typically “close to nature”. The article concludes that “among the many causes and consequences, all of us in Madeira must be aware of this scourge”.
Little mention of arson recently – there seems to be reports as the events occur but few reports of anybody being apprehended later.
The articles has the following (rather worrying) analysis of the areas affected by fires in recent years (the graph shows the number of hectares “burned”, from Direcção Regional de Florestas e Conservação da Natureza):
Independent – hiking in Madeira
The Independent this last week had an article on Ultimate island adventures “Enjoy late-season sun and stay fit at the same time with these active breaks. Aaron Miller gets ready, gets set and gets going”. Full article http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ultimate-island-adventures-8822432.html
Venezuela aims to end toilet paper shortage
A country with strong Madeiran connections is reported by the BBC to be suffering from an unusual problem:
The BBC website reports Venezuela’s National Assembly has backed plans to import 39 million rolls of toilet paper, in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage.
Lawmakers voted to approve a $79m credit for the country’s ministry of commerce, which will also be used to buy toothpaste and soap.
The products are currently in short supply in Venezuelan shops.
The oil-rich nation relies on imports, but currency controls have restricted its ability to pay for foreign goods.