Residents mobility allowance under threat.

Residents mobility allowance under threat

Aeroprto da MadeiraThe Journal reports that after  summer this year, changes that are being prepared to the air mobility allowance which reimburses residents of the archipelago for trips to the Portuguese mainland. There will be less money from central government next year and a number of wide-sweeping changes – locals may  have to wake up at dawn if they want to travel cheaply. Travel eligible for subsidy will no longer be unlimited per passenger, and the flights covered by the subsidy may be only the first and last flights of the day. The value of the current trip beyond which a resident is refunded is currently €65 for university students and €86 for everybody else, could be changed (up or down), and the ceiling of €400 where you can claim the difference may be lowered. University students could be limited to a maximum of 5, 6 or 7 subsidised trips per year, but claimants will no longer wait two months to have the reimbursement.
The changes, which have been revealed by the Vice-President of the Regional Government are in the “final phase of negotiations” for the revision of the air mobility allowance, which should be agreed in April between the Regional Government and the Government of the Republic.

TAP problems. CR7 sculptor.

TAP problems

TAP cancellations cause concern

TAP problems: After an unusual number of cancellations were observed earlier this week by press agency Lusa, TAP said that it regretted the situation and was “acting to minimise the impacts on its passengers”. ............ more

Café do Teatro

Café do Teatro existing seating

Café do Teatro

FN report that the businessmen owning the Café do Teatro on Avenida Arriaga in the heart of  Funchal opposite the Municipal Gardens are exploring the possibility of extending the cafe area outside the building in future. They have already asked Funchal City Hall ............ more

Pestana Charity Event

Charity Book Fair in aid of vulnerable local children

Pestana have requested that we publicise one of their  charity events to be held early next month – 7th April – at the Pestana Village. This Book Fair is part of their “Sunshine Project”, and will be attended by local artists, including botanical artist Angie Gray, a friend who has featured on the blog on many occasions. In addition there will be a guided tour of the sub-tropical gardens for those interested.

Pestana Charity

Another favourable review for Madeira.

Favourable review

Guardian features Madeira “younger at heart”

The Journal boasts that once again the Guardian has given Madeira another favourable review, especially “for the emotions that it can arouse in its visitors”. “Madeira is known for its year-round warmth and relaxing energies, but visitors are now ............ more

The Blog and Data Protection.

Data protection

The blog and GDPR Data Protection compliance

With all the recent publicity surrounding Facebook user data being “mined”, this is just a quick post to confirm that this website is fully compliant with the new requirements of the GDPR, the new data protection law coming into force on May 25th 2018 ............ more

easyJet pilots filmed playing games.

An easyJet co-pilot is filmed dancing while flying a plane full of ­passengers at 30,000ft.

The Sun carries an exclusive report that an easyJet co-pilot was filmed dancing by his captain as they mess around on a Snapchat game while flying a plane full of ­passengers ............ more

Students clean Praia dos Reis Magos.

Praia dos Reis Magos

Students clean Praia dos Reis Magos, Caniço

The Diario reports that for the seventh consecutive year, the Basic School of the 2nd and 3rd cycle of Caniço, in coordination with its environmental education project will undertake cleaning of the stony Reis Magos beach in Canico on Friday. The work will no ............ more

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