New luxury cruise ship visits

Luxury cruise ship visits briefly

The first visit of Le Dumont D’Urville, a small luxury cruise ship, today promised to make a sensation among the marine enthusiast according to the Journal.

Le Dumont D’Urville is a short stopover, arriving at the port at 12:20 pm and scheduled to leave at 6 pm today.

Onboard, guests ............ more

Nature Festival commences tomorrow …

… including the first Madeira Outdoor Summit

From tomorrow, October 1, Madeira organizes the annual Nature Festival, with a program that extends until the 6th, to promote, with tourists and Madeirans, the current regional offering in terms of initiatives and experiences of nature, whether at sea, in the air, or in the mountain.

At the presentation ............ more

Unease in Ronaldo family

Tension between ‘mother-in-law’ and ‘daughter-in-law’

The Journal reported yesterday that Georgina Rodríguez CR7’s long-term partner, and his mother, Dolores Aveiro, “are still apart and do not disguise their uneasiness”.

In the last Juventus match at their Allianz Stadium this weekend, they both went to see Cristiano Ronaldo ............ more

Hurricane Lorenzo appears on the horizon

Record-breaking hurricane heads for the Azores

Apologies to Jaime – being something of an expert he started e-mailing me ten days ago warning that the Azores would be threatened by Hurricane Lorenzo, which was just taking shape at the time.

At the moment it looks like Madeira will be spared as the hurricane heads north, however, winds ............ more

Portugal’s online trading platform grows

“Dott” exceed 1.5 million products online

The Diario reports that Dott CEO Gaspar D’Orey told Lusa that the e-commerce platform exceeded 1.5 million products available in this marketplace, half a million above the target set by the end of the year.

Officially launched in May this year, Dott “is going quite well,” said the manager, ............ more

Oceans have improved on old contaminants …

Contamination Garbage Environment Waste Plastic

… but are worse on every other score

The Diario carries an unusually long story online today reporting that whilst the world’s oceans and seas have improved on old contaminants they have worsened on everything from plastic accumulation to drugs found in the water, warns a Portuguese expert in marine resource contamination.

Maria ............ more

Ryanair cabin crew strike again

Ryanair plane

Calls for Ryanair  to observe Portuguese employment law

The Portugal News reports that Ryanair cabin crew based in Portugal were on strike again yesterday, called by their trade union to demand that the Dublin-based company observe Portuguese employment law. According to the union, another reason for the strike is what it says is a “continuation ............ more

Climate change protest in Funchal

There is No Planet B

Under the motto ‘there is no planet B’, the global climate change movement motivated several young people to take to the streets of Funchal to protest the lack of concrete actions and decisions in the fight against climate change.

This initiative took place in the centre of Funchal ............ more

Dogs poisoned in Gaula

Several dogs targetted with poison

The Diario reports that at least four dogs were poisoned and died this week in Gaula de Cima, Santa Cruz (presumably this is Achada, Upper Gaula?). The cases, which have been reported to the Public Security Police, are described as making the local population angry and according to the paper ............ more

More work on Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Deadline extended on €1m works

Both local papers report that Funchal City Council decided yesterday to extend the deadline for the completion of the rehabilitation work of the Natural History Museum, estimated at €1 million. The landmark building should reopen to the public in 2020.

“It is a work that requires some ............ more

World Tourism Day today

World Tourism Day previously at the Farmers Market

Funchal holds three days of activities

Funchal City Council has again prepared a program of activities in the context of World Tourism Day, which takes place today, 27 September, in a similar manner to what has been happening in the previous years since a Municipal Tourism Strategy was developed.

In this case, there will be three days ............ more

Friends of 4 Patinhas fund-raising

Good cause in São Vicente appeals on GoFundMe

A one-off post to highlight a good cause sent in by Maurice, a long-standing and regular contributor to the blog. He has asked that we highlight Friends of 4 Patinhas, a registered not for profit association located in São Vicente who are trying to raise €1,500 on GoFundMe ............ more

Calls for new laws after Thomas Cook collapse

“Ridiculous situation” could be prevented

New laws are needed to prevent travellers from being left in a “ridiculous situation” following the collapse of firms such as Thomas Cook, the transport secretary said yesterday. Grant Shapps was speaking after the travel giant collapsed earlier this week, leaving 150,000 passengers ............ more

Santo da Serra Cider Festival

Mostra da Sidra this weekend

This coming weekend, September 28th and 29th, sees, for the 35th time, the Mostra da Sidra in Santo António da Serra.

The event involves farmers and producers of apples, pears and cider, as well as handcrafted demonstrations in live cider production, where apples are first introduced into ............ more

Condor to receive emergency rescue loan

Condor, which has been rescued by the German government, lanmding at Madeira airport

Good News for Madeira as airline rescued

A couple of contributors (thank you!) have already commented on the last post that Condor Flugdienst GmbH is to receive a rescue loan that will guarantee its continued survival. The loan is currently pending approval by the European Commission, before being paid out by Germany’s KfW bank. Condor ............ more

Thomas Cook – other operators affected

Tui and First Choice holidays cancelled

It is emerging that customers of Tui and First Choice face last-minute holiday cancellations because Thomas Cook flights were included as part of their packages. Thanks to Peter for the link to this story.

The airline went ............ more

Tourist drowns at Praia Formosa

40 year-old recovered from the water unconscious

The Diario reports that a 40-50 year-old man who was found floating this afternoon at Largo da Formosa Beach eventually died at Dr Nélio Mendonça Hospital, where he had been admitted as unconscious. Earlier a man had been spotted struggling at sea, prompting a 112 call.

The victim was rescued ............ more

Condor airline adds to Thomas Cook woes

Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor could go under

Paula Cabaço, Deputy President of the Region (at least until the ramifications of yesterday’s elections are sorted out), confirmed today that a possible bankruptcy of Condor would be of concern to the Region. Talk about stating the obvious!

This is because Condor is apparently owned by ............ more

PSD wins elections but loses majority

PSD can no longer rule alone

The PSD has won the regional legislative elections of Madeira with Sunday, with 39.42% of the votes, but for the first time, lost their absolute majority, with the outcome giving them 21 of the 47 deputies, when all the parishes are cleared, according to official data.

According to information provided by the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the PS obtained 35.76% and won 19 seats.

The CDS-PP, with 5.76% of ............ more

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