This morning I am sure that everybody’s thoughts are with the people of Paris. The Portuguese Foreign Ministry have announced that a 63 year-old Portuguese working in tourism, who was near the Stade de France last night, died in the terrorist attacks.
Portuguese President to travel to Madeira on Monday
Portugal News Online reports that Portugal’s president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is to travel to Madeira as planned on Monday for a two-day visit to the autonomous region, according to a statement issued by his office on Wednesday – even as his decision is awaited on who is to be the country’s next prime minister. The trip is part of a project to encourage “economic dynamism”. Meanwhile Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho pushes for a constitutional amendment after his government was brought down after 11 days.
Tuk-tuks restricted in Lisbon
Various sources report that the movement of “tuk-tuks” will be prohibited in certain areas of central Lisbon, together with restrictions placed on their hours of operation. “Tourist entertainment vehicles” as they are officially termed, have apparently become a noisy and smelly nuisance for local residents. Remains to be seen if similar measures are introduced in Funchal , as the numbers here appear to be increasing exponentially. I guess the taxi drivers are increasingly unhappy about them as well. In a parallel story authorities in Mombasa recently ruled that diesel tuk-tuks will not be registered as they are deemed to be too polluting – only the petrol versions will be allowed.
Christmas lights company makes staff redundant
The Jornal da Madeira reports that Luzosfera, the company which had originally been awarded the contract for installing the Christmas/New Year lights in Funchal for 2015/16, but subsequently had the agreement revoked, will have to lay off up to half of its seventy staff. Looks like the controversy surrounding the €2 million contract will never go away. What is for certain, however, is that there will be a return to the more traditional theme this year – the authorities cannot risk another adverse public reaction
National Maritime Day
The lighthouse at Ponto do Pargo will be open to the public on Monday 16th November as part of the National Maritime Day. A series of events are organised over the weekend, mostly on the mainland, by the National Maritime Authority and the Portuguese Navy to commemorate Portugal ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.