Ponta do Pargo gets new viewpoint

“Avant-garde” project.

The Municipality of Calheta have described the redevelopment work they have undertaken around the lighthouse at Ponta do Pargo as “avant-garde”.

The project at the westernmost end of the island includes a new miradouro which can be seen in the video below. The president of the municipality, ............  ...read more

Algarve and Madeira most affected regions

2020 sees dramatic drop in revenues

The Portugal News reports today that according to the latest information, the Algarve and Madeira were the regions of Portugal most affected by the pandemic, between March and December 2020.

In terms of revenue, the Algarve suffered a drop of 27.4% and Madeira 21.6%, according to data from the Directorate ............  ...read more

Wuhan: lab escape theory rises again

Intelligence fears grow of Chinese cover-up

The Times this morning leads with a report that British agents now believe it is “feasible” that the global pandemic began with a coronavirus leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese research laboratory near the centre of the outbreak in 2019.

In a significant sharpening of tension ............  ...read more

Porto Santo summer kicks off

First mainland charters arrive

The Diario reports that the first charter flight operated by the Azorean airline SATA this summer landed at 3:47 pm in Porto Santo. This connection brings more than 180 passengers from Lisbon to Ilha Dourada. Most of these tourists will be staying at Hotel Vila Baleira (photo).

After the technical ............  ...read more

Pessimism about vaccine passports

Vaccine passport app

Vaccine passports less likely.

The Times reports this morning that there is increasing pessimism in government circles about the practicality of vaccine passports. These would allow people to show they have been vaccinated, taken a recent negative test, or have antibodies.

On Thursday, the newspaper reports, Michael Gove, the Cabinet ............  ...read more

Alberto João Jardim turns romantic

 Alberto João Jardim's “A Senhora ea Ilha”

Former President publishes second novel.

FN reports that the former president of the Regional Government of Madeira, Alberto João Jardim, has now decided to embark on a career as a novelist and will soon publish (June 7) a book entitled “A Senhora ea Ilha” (The Lady and the Island). With the seal of “Casa das Letras”, it has 272 ............  ...read more

Anti-vaccine movement targets the vaccinated

Anti-vaccine protestors
People hold signs at a protest against masks, vaccines, and vaccine passports outside the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on March 13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia (Getty Images)

Anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists blame vaccinated people for “shedding” virus in their presence

The “Salon” magazine website in the US reports that the anti-vaccine movement there has shifted its target to the vaccinated. Anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists are blaming vaccinated people for “shedding” virus in their presence

Myths around infertility, pregnancy, and miscarriages ............  ...read more

RIU buys out TUI

RIU Palca Madeira

RIU Palace Madeira now 100% owned

The Diario reports that the RIU Group has bought TUI’s stake in 19 hotel units that they co-owned, including the RIU Palace Madeira, in a global investment of €670 million.

The Spanish group announced this Thursday the purchase of the 49% stake owned by TUI, which ensures that ............  ...read more

€40m mega yacht arrives

“Elysian” superyacht arrived this morning

Elysian, a luxury mega yacht, arrived this morning in the port of Funchal. 60 metres in length, the yacht offers countless luxuries to its occupants, which is implied in the price – the yacht can be rented for a modest €426,930 per week.

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Porto Santo Line adds sailings

Porto Santo Ferry

Ferry to make additional trips in June.

JM reports that Porto Santo Line announced yesterday that it will open extraordinary trips on the 2nd, 6th, and 13th of June, in order to meet the demand for the island of Porto Santo on long weekends.

No doubt about the island is very popular this year – see the  ............  ...read more

Vaccination update: public transport drivers a priority

Horarias buses, whose drivers have been included in vaccination plan

520 drivers vaccinated

The Diario reports that Madeira’s public passenger transport drivers have already started their vaccination against COVID-19. The regional secretaries of Economy and Health, Rui Barreto and Pedro Ramos, respectively, attended the process yesterday afternoon at the Tecnopolo ............  ...read more

Fire fighting helicopter returns

Fire fighting helicopter

… as fire-risk season approaches

The Diario reports that this morning, the new aerial means of fighting fires in Madeira arrived at the port of Caniçal on its annual visit to the island for the higher-risk summer season.

As usual in Madeira, the “multi-mission” helicopter will be used to fight forest fires ............  ...read more

Madeira invaded?

Military vehicles land in Caniçal

Thanks to Peter A for a link to reports in JM online that several military vehicles, including tanks and armored vehicles, landed this morning at the port of Caniçal.

According to the newspaper, the vehicles arrive in Madeira due to the celebrations of the 10th of June, which this year take place ............  ...read more

Cash handouts approved

Elderly helped in cash during pandemic.

JM reports on its front page this morning that support delivered in “cash” by the North Coast Development Association, ADENORMA, was authorized by the Regional Government. Medeiros Gaspar, president of the association, ............  ...read more

Search unsuccessful

Maritime police conducting search

54-year-old missing at sea since Saturday

Both the Diario and FN report that the searches to find the 54-year-old man who disappeared on Saturday at sea in the São Pedro area of Santa Cruz have so far proved unsuccessful and have been suspended and will resume tomorrow, based on routine sea patrols and by land, a source from the regional ............  ...read more

15 hotels for sale totaling €81.2 million

COVID-19: first death for 59 days

The hotels for sale in Madeira pile up. The Charming Hotels group decided to put its four units (the photo illustrates Quinta do Monte) on the market for an estimated value of €40 million. But there are more hotels being offered in several real estate agencies with prices varying between ............  ...read more

Return tests – beware!

COVID-19 test sign

Covid test in the wrong language could face a £500 fine

Thanks as usual to Jaime for drawing attention to another pitfall to watch out for especially with free tests being offered in Madeira: People who return to the UK with a Covid test in the wrong language could face a £500 fine

The “i” newspaper reports that travellers have been stopped ............  ...read more

Automated borders

Automated border controls

Fully automated borders planned

The Times this morning has the story that the Home Secretary believes queueing at passport control could become a thing of the past under plans for fully automated border checks, which could be fully operational in Britain from 2025

Priti Patel has published plans to create “contactless corridors” ............  ...read more

SEF strike threatens Portugal’s tourism recovery

SEF logo

Foreigners and Borders Service strike will hit Madeira.

SEF strike: “The simple advance notice of a strike at the airports of the Azores, Madeira, Faros or Lisbon already raises many questions from the main foreign operators, especially the UK market, which is seen as one of the lifeblood of our activities,” according to the President of the Portuguese ............  ...read more

Green list to be expanded in late June?

passengers boarding plane to a green list country

Push for end to testing upon return to UK

Thanks to Jaime for a link to a report that the aviation and holiday industry are “pushing” for an end to testing for holidaymakers retuning from a green list country

Industry hopes are also growing of an expanded green list of destinations in time for the peak summer season, despite the government ............  ...read more

Funchal bike path controversy

bike path

Mayor defends bike path

The Diario reports on a radio interview with the Mayor of Funchal on the subject of the bike path being constructed/extended between Funchal and the Forum.

When confronted, in the TSF-Madeira “Debate of the Week”, ............  ...read more

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