20% of arsonists re-offend

11 of 54 arsonists in Portugal are repeat offenders

Thanks to Peter for a link to the Diário de Notícias on the mainland. The newspaper reports that 20% of arsonists identied so far this year in Portugal are repeat offenders. They ask “What is failing in control” – In 2018 the government announced ............  ...read more

Fire in Monte was arson

Fire in Monte

Mayor says coincidence “unthinkable”

The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Gouveia, has spoken out about the fire that broke out in Monte last night, claiming that it was “unthinkable that two fires could ignite at the same time – 8:00 pm – just 50 metres apart.

“There are no words to describe the evil of someone who wants ............  ...read more

Torches light up Machico

Machico, where the torches were lit last night

“Famous flares” celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

The Diario reports on events last night in Machico where the “famous flares” lit up the slopes of the Machico valley, as part of the celebrations of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

This year the tradition was a little different, due to the environment dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ............  ...read more

COVID-19: President on alert

Porto Santo link

The Correio da Manhã on the mainland has picked up on close contact between TV presenter Jorge Gabriel and the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa whilst both were in Porto Santo recently.

Jorge Gabriel has, among other shows, presented  Quem Quer Ser Milionário?............  ...read more

“State of Calamity” extended in Madeira

Qta Vigia, where the stae of calamity was announced

… for another month

The wonderfully titled “state of calamity” in Madeira will be prolonged for another month, the Regional Government has announced – the measure will take effect from September 1.

“A new resolution was approved that declares, following the epidemiological situation of COVID-19, the ............  ...read more

Porto Santo has a good summer

Porto Santo aerial photograph

Mayor makes positive assessment of holiday season

The Mayor of Porto Santo, Idalino Vasconcelos, has acknowledged that although in very difficult times, the holiday season on the island has been better than expected.

The Diario reports that hotels in Porto Santo have been recording occupancy rates of between 65-75% throughout June July and August ............  ...read more

Faro airport struggles to cope with British influx

Queueing Brits at Faro airport

Algarve airport to get reinforcements

The Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) is sending border control reinforcements to the Algarve’s Faro airport next week, as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in arrivals of British tourists after quarantine rules were lifted last week with the opening of an air corridor. The ............  ...read more

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