Revoke Article 50 petition passes 6,000,000

What a mess!

The “Revoke Article 50 and remain the EU”  petition has passed 6,000,000, and will be debated by Parliament as the website promises, but not the full house, who rejected the option last week, but instead a committee of MPs.

Meanwhile The Express has a ............ more

Mainland property prices rocket.

Buyer-seller expectation gap increases to 22%

The Portugal News reports that the average price of property in the country rocketed by 15.4% in 2018. But while real estate continues to result in relatively decent profits for sellers, new data also indicates that owner’s expectations of their ............ more

Motocyclist reaches 210 km/h on Rapida

Motorcyclist filmed himself doing 210 km/h

The Journal reports on a video being shared on Twitter this week by a motorcyclist doing 210 km/h leaving Funchal, heading towards the airport on the Rapida. The case is reportedly being investigated by the authorities.

The story was reported in Correio da Manhã, along with the video filmed ............ more

UK’s richest person in Funchal?

Hampshire II

Hampshire II super-yacht in town

Thanks to Jaime for letting me know that the Hampshire II super-yacht is currently parked off Barreirinha at the end of the Old Town

It belongs to Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe (born 18 October 1952), the British billionaire chemical engineer turned financier and industrialist. ............ more

‘Madeira and Porto Santo: Together for Mozambique’

Campaign starts to aid cyclone-ravaged country

The Diario, among other media outlets, reports that the campaign ‘Madeira and Porto Santo: Juntos por Moçambique’ was launched by the Secretary for Inclusion and Social Affairs, was launched yesterday, 29 March, following the meeting of the Governing ............ more

Tenerife air disaster – 42 years on

Tenerife airport accident 42 years ago saw 570+ dead

42nd anniversary of crash that killed 570+

The Diario recalls that March 27th marked forty-two years since the fateful ‘Tenerife air disaster’ occurred, an accident involving two Boeing 747s – one from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam and another from Pan American from Los Angeles ............ more

Funchal moves to electric buses

129 electric buses by 2022

The print edition of the Diario headlines the remodelling of the fleet of buses run by Horários do Funchal

Horários do Funchal (HF) is the urban transport bus company that operates in Funchal. It is the largest transporter in Madeira, with about 22 million passengers per year.
Its urban ............ more

EU internet copyright tightened.

Internet copyright garphic

Content creators want paying

Repercussions for blogs: CNN report that a pitched battle over copyright law in Europe came to a head on Tuesday this week (26th March) when the European Parliament voted in favour of a radical overhaul of copyright ............ more

Porto Santo celebrates Earth Hour

Earth Hour event in Porto Santo

Walk, Run and Pedal for the Planet

The Journal is reporting that Porto Santo is inviting its population to “walk, run and pedal for the planet” to mark Earth Hour this weekend. The event is scheduled for next Saturday, at 19:30 in Praça do Barqueiro.

The World Wildlife Fund’s  ............ more

“Chaos” reported at Madeira airport

Chaos at Madeira airport

More bad publicity

Airport chaos: The last thing that the blog should be reporting on is bad news, but until the authorities can come up with a “Plan B” for when the wind affects the airport, that is what several thousand people will be reading here this ............ more

Bad weather affects Funchal port

AidaNova cruise ship in Funchal port

Cruise ships forced to change plans

The Journal reports that the bad weather that has affected Madeira is preventing the normal operation of the activities in the port of Funchal. Due to the heavy seas and the wind that increased yesterday afternoon, the two cruise ships that were in port could not ............ more

Major drugs operation in Funchal.

Cruise ship brings cocaine to Funchal

200,000 doses of cocaine recovered

The local press have been reporting on a major drugs operation in Funchal, with the arrest of twelve people, some of whom were travelling on-board the cruise ship MSC Opera, which moored in Funchal at 7.00am yesterday. Six men and six women of various nationalities, ............ more

Another Calheta rockfall filmed.

Large boulder falls in Calheta

Cameras caught another dramatic moment as work continues to stabilise the cliff-face in Calheta – video below.
A previous “managed” rockfall of slightly smaller proportions was was caught on film by a drone ten days ago and reported here............ more

Minor airport problems tonight.

Three flights affected early evening

The day went very well at the airport today, despite the poor forecast – at least until 17.40, which as things stand was the last successful landing. This allowed most of the busy Monday traffic to clear without inconvenience.
The Diario reports that ............ more

Poor weather forecast this week

Portuguese weather institute forecast

Wind and rain forecast

Poor weather forecast: After a grey day in Funchal yesterday, a poor week ahead is forecast, even for capital, which normally fares better than the rest of the island. The first forecast is from the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA (link on “Useful Links” tab above):

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Drone shot down in Sta. Cruz

Naked police officer shoots down drone

In a story that would not be out of place in a British “red-top” tabloid, the Diario reports in it’s print edition today on more problems caused by the use of unmanned aircraft in Madeira. A drone flying over the backyard of a house in the hills ............ more

Savoy Palace latest.

Royal Savoy and Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia

More changes to Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia

No news this morning – the most exciting thing being the latest changes to the road system around the new Savoy the transition phase of the work on Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia (pictured recently on the FN website). These are being implemented as the new Savoy ............ more

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