Brexit. Petrol tax. Novo Bank.


Not a lot of news in Madeira over the last week, with a lot of international coverage focusing on the UK’s referendum on the EU. There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago reporting that investors were paying more attention to the bookies ............ more

Tourism growth. Flood concern. Bilingual Portuguese.


33 flights cancelled due to strong winds

More than 3,500 passengers travelling to and from Madeira have been affected by the cancellation of flights on Friday and Saturday due to the strong winds. Early warning was given on Thursday when a TAP flight had to turn back to Lisbon – unusual, as TAP generally tend to land ............ more

Ferry latest. €500 note. Nun’s Valley. Anona festival.

“Seasonal” ferry

Miguel Albuquerque, speaking last Saturday, reiterated his Government’s commitment to re-establishing the ferry between Madeira and the mainland, even if it is only during the summer months. The President of Madeira made his speech at the Regional Council of Social Democrats, which ............ more

Corruption. Alberto João Jardim in court. Romantic expats.

Council of Europe urges tighter corruption measures

The Diario reports today that the Council of Europe is urging the authorities in Portugal to tighten up the anti-corruption regulations governing the professional activity of judges, prosecutors and deputies, and points out that there are still many loopholes and contentious points. ............ more

Carnival. Thieves arrested. Lido latest.

Tourist thefts – suspects detained

Funchal police (PSP) have announced the arrest of three suspects in connection with a number of recent thefts from from tourists in the main hotel zone in the Lido and Ajuda areas west of the city centre. All are described as male “foreign nationals” aged in their forties. ............ more

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