easyJet cuts flights to Madeira

easyJet plane

Airline reduces number of flights to Madeira

JM report that easyJet has cut back the number of flights scheduled for Madeira airport this autumn/winter.

The airline says this is due to lower demand than initially expected.

Meanwhile, TUI has announced today that it is canceling all holidays to Madeira up to the end of October – the Express ............  ...read more

Palm trees replaced on Avenida do Mar

12 new palm trees on Funchal seafront

The Diario reports that twelve new palm trees have been planted on Avenida do Mar, replacing ones that had been removed after becoming infected with the beetle pest that habitually attacks palm trees.

The occasion was attended by Idalina Perestrelo, the Vice-President of Funchal City Council, who ............  ...read more

“Beautiful Madeira Island”

German spends 1400 hours compiling amazing 11 minute video

On a day that seems to be featuring videos, the Diario reports on a German, Stefan Zimmerman, who spent 1400 hours editing drone footage to create an amazing 11-minute video that was released on YouTube yesterday entitled “Beautiful Madeira Island”.

Nice to meet you!
I am Stefan. ............  ...read more

Quinta das Hortênsias

YouTubers doing a good job promoting Madeira

FN feature a new video from prolific YouTubers Pamela and Rafael Scapella.

“We stayed in a paradise in the North of Madeira Island. Discover our wonderful accommodation at Quinta das Hortênsias and come with us for a walk (levada) and eat a typical Madeira skewer. Find out more about Quinta ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Six new cases

Airport screening for COVID-19

4 cases from Poland, 2 from France

JM reported yesterday that six new positive cases of COVID-19 had been screened at the airport. These are four travellers from Poland and two from France. 

There are now 60 active cases, of which 50 are imported cases identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira ............  ...read more

“Modified” Christmas and New Year program to go ahead

Tourism Secretary talking about a "Modified" Christmas and New Year program to go ahead

Tourism secretary plans for the end of the year

The Madeira Tourism Secretary said today that tenders for the traditional Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Region have already been launched, but the programs will be adapted to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have already launched the contests and we have some surprises in store ............  ...read more

Drones to collect garbage on beaches

The team from UC using drones to map litter on beaches

Coimbra researchers aim for project to be operational by 2022

The use of drones to collect waste deposited on Portuguese coastal beaches is the goal of researchers at the University of Coimbra, who are aiming for it to be operational by 2022.

Since 2018, the team of researchers from the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering of Coimbra (INESC) has been ............  ...read more

Expat pensioners face more bank charges

Brexit fraying as pensioners face charges to draw pensions

Bank charges could apply to pensions after Brexit

The Sunday Times reports today that thousands of retired British expats across Europe could be hit with punitive charges to access their pensions if their UK bank accounts are closed after Brexit.

Pensioners may be forced to re-route their retirement funds through accounts held by European banks, leaving ............  ...read more

Renewable energy to reach 50% in Madeira

Paul da Serra wind farm, producing renewable energy

… but claim contested by opposition politicians

Thanks to Jaime for a link to a surprising report in the Portugal News two days ago, with the apparently excellent news that the share of renewable energy in Madeira is set to reach 50% by the end of the year, thus reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, according to an announcement by the regional ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Patient transferred from private hospital to specialist care

Private hospital where COVID-19 case was discovered

… and two more positive case

JM reports that there is now one more patient hospitalized in the Multidisciplinary Unit for COVID-19 at Hospital Dr Nélio Mendonça. The patient was found to be positive upon admission to a private health unit. It is understood to be the latest case of local transmission.

The patient came ............  ...read more

easyJet “hanging by a thread”

easyjet tailfins

… according to union official

In a leaked recording obtained by BBC News, pilots’ union official Martin Entwisle described the company as being in a “really, really dire situation.”

Mr. Entwisle made the comment after a meeting with the airline’s chief financial officer, Andrew Findlay. easyJet denies that ............  ...read more

Firefighting helicopter all year in future

The president announced that there will be a firefighting helicopter all year round

President announces that Madeira will have a firefighting helicopter all year

Both the Diario and JM report online that the President of the Regional Government announced this morning that Madeira will have a firefighting helicopter all year round, starting next summer, 2021.

Miguel Albuquerque, who was speaking during a visit to the cable car rescue training centre, located ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Portugal extends measures to mid-October

Graph showing the daily rise in cases of COVID-19

Daily increases worry authorities

The Portuguese government has extended measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic until at least October 14, at a time an increase in the number of daily cases in the country continues to worry authorities at home and abroad.

The whole country will remain under a “State of Contingency” until ............  ...read more

French couple blamed for 100 cases in Iceland

Irishman Pub in Reykjavik, Iceland

… after refusing to isolate

Nothing to do with Madeira but could provide a salutary lesson to those thinking of ignoring quarantine guidelines: A cluster of around 100 COVID-19 cases in Iceland has been traced back to two French tourists who refused to isolate, a local newspaper reports.

The French couple arrived in Iceland ............  ...read more

Madeira features in The Sun

One of 12 quarantine-free destinations

JM reports that the Sun newspaper today published a list of 12 holiday destinations with no quarantine rules on arrival or return to the UK for British travellers.

They point out that while mainland Portugal is currently on the UK quarantine list, although the islands of the Azores and Madeira are ............  ...read more

Landmark Café Apolo future uncertain

Cafe Apolo

Staff union hopes to hear soon

JM reports that the Hotel Union on the island hopes to know quickly, possibly as soon as today, on the decision of an investor who will have expressed interest in Café Apolo.

The emblematic cafe over 70 years old, located in the centre of Funchal opposite the  ............  ...read more

Infected tourists in “Ibiza on ice” sue Austrian government

Ishgl, Austria

Claims Austrian government mis-handled first wave of COVID-19 infections in Europe.

On the Portuguese mainland, Diário de Notícias reports that legal action is being taken against the Austrian government over how, in March this year, they managed the coronavirus outbreak at the Tyrolean ski resort.

Ischgl, a ski resort in Tyrol with 1600 permanent inhabitants, has been officially ............  ...read more

Calheta COVID-19 scam

Calheta beach

Door-to-door offers of COVID-19 testing

JM reports that Calheta Parish Council, through its official Facebook page, has reported that “salespeople are walking from door to door, offering to carry out the COVID-19 screening test at a cost”.

The parish authorities have warned the population that it is a scam and recommends the population, ............  ...read more

Call for release of tourism funds

Sara Cerdas, speaking about tourism

MEP says funds needed urgently in Madeira

The Diario reports that MEP for Madeira, Sara Cerdas, believes that in order to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic in the tourism sector, “it is necessary to give immediate and urgent answers to entrepreneurs and workers in this sector. It is necessary to unlock funds, invest in simplification ............  ...read more

Alberto João Jardim: this generation is not prepared for this crisis

Alberto João Jardim

Former president calls for a firm hand and respect

JM reports that the former president of the Regional Government of Madeira did not spare criticism from politicians and asked for a firm pulse, discipline and human respect in these troubled times of pandemic caused by COVID-19.

On the sidelines of the opening of Nicos’ Burguer at Madeira Shopping ............  ...read more

Major drugs operation in Funchal

drugs in packet

Drug trafficking targetted on Wednesday morning

FN report that drugs raids took place in several places in Funchal this morning, with searches in homes and other properties. The security police, the PSP, detained several people in am operation that was part of an investigation associated with drug trafficking.

In the operation, which took place ............  ...read more

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