Refugees. 100 nationalities already resident. Machico.


It has been announced that the island will probably take just over 100 refugees as part of Portugal’s quota of 4,500-5,000 under the European distribution system settled upon in Brussels last week. Apparently these will be mostly whole family units from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia ............ more

Ferry edges closer? Landslides on north coast. Café do Teatro expands.

New ferry connection to operate in spring and summer only?

Miguel Albuquerque, speaking at a meeting with businessmen in Machico on Saturday and subsequently reported in the Diario, revealed that seven ship-owners have expressed an interest in re-establishing a ferry link between Madeira and the mainland (the photo shows the last ferry leaving ............ more

Island for sale. Freight plane fails to materialise.

Ilhéu da Pontinha for sale

The colourful Renato Barros is to be forced to sell the Ilhéu da Pontinha, the “island” now incorporated into the main port facility in Funchal. According to the Diario this appears to be the outcome of a long legal battle with creditors, with a court finally ruling that ............ more

CR7 scores 5. Portugal allocated refugees. Drugs concern.

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Madeira’s most famous son, Cristiano Ronaldo, turned on the style over the weekend, contributing all but one of Real Madrid’s six goals against Espanyol. There had been premature talk of a “crisis” in the Spanish press ahead of the match – Ronaldo had registered a blank ............ more

Cruise ships return. Pestana bend rules. Porto Santo subsidy.

Cruise ships begin to return

This last week saw the return of the regular visitor AIDAsol (below), making the first of her weekly visits that will continue until April 2016 (normally Tuesdays, stopping most of the day).

October will see the return of Mein Schiff 4, with Thomson Majesty and AIDAblu, all regular ............ more

Portugal’s Pricey Petrol. Madeira Regency Palace latest.

Portugal’s Pricey Petrol

The Portugal News reported last week that despite financial market turmoil and plummeting crude oil prices, there has been very little effect on the price of both unleaded petrol and diesel in the country. The cost of crude oil has dropped by more than 50 percent and is currently at ............ more

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