Couple visit for 48th time

Couple first chose Madeira in 1972

JM report that yesterday, the Regional Directorate for Tourism paid tribute to William and Pamela Fletcher for their 48th visit to Madeira.

The British couple, aged 79 and 80, respectively, first chose Madeira for their holidays in 1972, always staying at the Aparthotel Imperatriz and Hotel Royal ............ more

BA and easyJet warn of coronavirus impact

BA and easyJet planes at Madeira airport

Significant drop in demand

The Guardian reports that easyJet and the owner of British Airways, IAG, have reported “significant drops in demand” because of the coronavirus outbreak and announced emergency measures, including cancelling flights and changing the size of planes used on some routes.

The virus has ............ more

Airlines fight spread of coronavirus

Airlines disinfecting planes to prevent spread of coronavirus

Little risk of catching coronavirus on a plane

Thanks to Peter for a link to MSN, reporting that airlines are upping their game in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. As it continues to affect more countries, airlines are apparently turning to super-strength disinfectants to sanitise planes before flights.

Cathay Pacific, the Hong ............ more

Coronavirus: Hotel guests to be screened

Poster for coronavirus conference

Madeiran hotels to front coronavirus screening

The Diario reports that a questionnaire has been developed by the health authority (IASAÚDE) in the archipelago and distributed by the Regional Directorate of Tourism of Madeira. This must be completed by guests entering hotel units in Madeira, and is the ............ more

Chemical castration debated

injection illustrating chemical castration

Portuguese Assembly to discuss chemical castration?

SIC Noticias report that chemical castration for paedophiles is scheduled to be discussed in Parliament today, despite the fact that all parties considered the Chega party proposal, led by deputy André Ventura, to be unconstitutional.

The bill was submitted to the Assembly of the Republic on ............ more

Albuquerque highlights investment in Ribeira Brava

President Albuquerque visiting Ribeira Brava yesterday

President praises the role of the Agricultural Cooperative

The Diario reports that the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, yesterday highlighted, during the opening of a store of the Cooperativa Agrícola do Funchal in Ribeira Brava, all the work of that cooperative in a difficult time in the history of the island of Madeira.

“This ............ more

Coronavirus contingency plan. Cancellations start

Madeira “is prepared” for coronavirus cases

JM’s website reports that Madeira’s contingency plan for the Covid-19 coronavirus, according to the Health Secretary today, provides “some security” and highlights that the region is “prepared” to face positive cases, stressing that no suspicious situation has yet ............ more

New port strike

JM reporting port strike

New port strike threatens supplies

JM report on another stoppage at national ports. The newspaper says the strike, which runs from 9 to 30 March, promises to be a serious threat and is being taken very seriously by regional authorities.

The Regional Government again demands attention from Lisbon to avoid losses and calls for  ............ more

Passenger fury over refunds

Picture of Venice canals as airlines refuse to refund flights from the UK

Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways for refusing to refund flights to Italy

Thanks to Peter for a link to a story on MSN News which reports that passengers have hit out at Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways for refusing to refund flights to Italy after seven people died from coronavirus there.

Italy has dramatically stepped up its fight to ............ more

Aquaculture criticism wins Trapalhão award

Jaula Dourada in Trapalhão parade

Trapalhão award recognises protestors

The Diario reports that group taking part in the final Carnival parade criticising of the introduction of more aquaculture ‘cages’, called ‘Golden Cage’, won “Best Theme” in the Best Trapalhão Class, with a prize of €500.

Health was the dominant theme in ............ more

Chocolate Ronaldo

Chocolate Ronaldo and its creator

Chocolate Ronaldo Statue unwrapped

Sky Sports report that a Portuguese chocolatier has created a life-size sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo made entirely of chocolate which is being exhibited as part of the country’s Carnival celebrations!

It was created by chocolatier Jorge Cardoso, who made the 120kg, 1.87m tall sculpture ............ more

Carnival Tuesday cooler

South coast of Madeira, where cooler temperatures are expected

Temperatures begin to fall

It will get cooler today, after three days of hot weather in the archipelago, particularly on the southwest coast of Madeira where maximum temperatures were recorded close to 30 degrees centigrade and average temperatures above 24 degrees. Carnival Tuesday is reported to have started with cooler, ............ more

Airlines to lose €30 billion …

Airport in soth east Asia, where airlines stand to lose

… due to coronavirus

Various media sources report that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that airlines could lose almost US$30 billion in revenue worldwide due to travel restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, IATA has estimated ............ more

Two firms awarded 63% of public work

The first Government of Miguel Albuquerqueawarded contracts worth €312 million

The front page of the Diario today leads with the story that public works contracts under the first Government of Miguel Albuquerque amounted to 312 million euros. 63% of this “cake” was delivered to only two groups – AFA and Tecnovia – despite being ............ more

IMF issue coronavirus warning

Graphs of Cases and deaths as IMF issue warning

The head of the IMF sounds alarm as the number of cases outside China spikes

The Telegraph business pages report that the world’s “fragile economic recovery” could be derailed by the deadly Covid-19 outbreak, the head of the IMF has warned, as traders brace for a tumultuous week amid signs the virus is spreading rapidly outside China.

Kristalina Georgieva, ............ more

African dust cloud forecast to arrive today

Satellite photo of dust cloud

Saharan dust cloud forecast to arrive in Madeira this morning

FN report that the Saharan dust cloud could arrive in the region this morning – with the (Spanish) video below illustrating the possible progression, with the headline that “Madeira will not escape the African dust“.

Hot weather warning extended

JM reports that the Port of Funchal authorities yesterday cancelled ............ more

AIDAnova diverts from Canaries

AIIDAnove, which has diverted to Madeira to avoid Canaries sandstorm

Funchal to host 15,000 in unexpected “turnaround” operation

RTP-Madeira revealed yesterday evening that the German company AIDA today plans an unscheduled turnaround operation of 1,500 passengers from the cruise ship ‘AIDAnova’. This operation should have taken place in the Canaries but was cancelled due to the Saharan sandstorm affecting ............ more

Madeira features in National Geographic …

… again

JM reports that the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ is again featured in the Portuguese edition of the National Geographic magazine, with an image captured in Encumeada, above the clouds.

Madeira deserves to be highlighted in the renowned publication, this time at a photographic level, authored ............ more

Canaries engulfed by sandstorm

Satellit photo showing sandstorm

“Apocalyptic” Saharan sandstorm strands holidaymakers

The Express among others reports on dramatic scenes yesterday evening from the Canary Islands as a sandstorm covers the popular tourist destination, leading to “apocalyptic” scenes and even sparking sudden flight diversions.

The sandstorm was so huge that even NASA satellites picked ............ more

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