Another cruise ship cancels

AIDAnova cruise ship cancels visit to Funchal

AIDAnova crew have Coronavirus

Thanks to resident nautical expert Jaime, who is keeping an eye on marine traffic around Madeira, it looks like another cruise ship has pulled out of a planned visit to Madeira tonight to witness the New Year’s Eve firework display. There will now only be 11 cruise ships present instead of the ............  ...read more

Johnson’s Omicron gamble

Boris Johnson, who is making an Omicron gamble

Pandemic “superspreader” event tonight

A well-written piece of analysis in The Times this morning describing how Boris Johnson’s Omicron gamble is facing a critical New Year’s Eve test:

“Viruses like parties. They particularly like parties that climax with drunk people loudly counting down from ten, linking arms with ............  ...read more

Cruise ship cancels

Amera cruise ship, which has cancelled its visit to Madeira

‘Amera’ cancels after Covid cases onboard

The ship ‘Amera’, which was to join twelve other cruises to watch the fireworks tomorrow, cancelled its scheduled visit to Madeira for the New Year’s Eve festivities (you can’t really count them as “celebrations” in the current environment. The ship was in Funchal ............  ...read more

Mother kidnaps boys to avoid vaccination

Anti-vaccination protest in Spain
Anti-vax protest in Spain

Call for Spanish government to stop vaccinating children

Vaccination avoidance: Both The Times and The Telegraph reports that Spanish police are searching for two boys whose father believes their mother “kidnapped” them because she disagreed with a court decision allowing them to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cristina Mariscal disappeared ............  ...read more

Flights increase to Madeira

JM headline that flights incxrease

Record number of direct connections

JM reports that the region’s airports will end the year with a new record of direct flights connecting to the archipelago. In December alone flights from 24 countries will have arrived in Madeira or Porto Santo. For the secretary of Tourism, this addition is the result of the image ............  ...read more

Russian connection

Ural airlines, providing a connection from February

Madeira Airport adds new connection

The Madeira News website, with its automated news feed incorporating Google translate, has picked up a report that Madeira Airport has a new flight connection from Russia, as of February 22nd. The plane will be an A321 from Ural Airlines.

This is an old connection of Madeira Airport and JM observes ............  ...read more

Covid numbers continue to grow

JM, announcing another 371 cases of Covid

371 new cases and a death per day

JM has, in relatively “fine print” on its front page, the news that the Region yesterday announced yet another new record 371 positive cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hour period. Details are as usual on the link below.

Sadly there were another two deaths recorded that were attributed ............  ...read more

Azores occupancy under 50% for New Year

Azores cruise ships

Cancellations after testing enforced

Açoriano Oriental report that the representative for the Azores Hotel Association, Fernando Neves, said today that he expects an occupancy rate of less than 50% for the end of the year, due to measures to combat covid-19, which have led to “several cancellations”.

Speaking to the Lusa ............  ...read more

EU stops recognising British blue badges

New British blue badge

… Portugal included

MSN News reports that British disability blue badges are no longer being recognised in major holiday destinations across Europe thanks to the fallout from Brexit, the government has admitted.

Automatic recognition for Britain’s 2.4 million blue badge holders – a perk of EU membership – stopped ............  ...read more

New Year’s Eve schedule

New Year's Eve schedule for Madeira

Events slightly different to usual

Many readers have been in touch asking that the blog takes the emphasis away from Coronavirus/vaccine-related controversy and try and re-introduce Madeira-related items. Among them was Maurice Reed, suggesting that we publicise the New Year’s Eve schedule for events in Funchal, which this year ............  ...read more

PCR test rip-off continues

original report on the rip-off
Blog: July 17 this year

‘Alphabet hacking’ still used to rip off travellers

Having travelled quite a lot recently, and speaking to others that have come to Madeira from the UK, I thought most visitors from the UK were aware of the rip-off being allowed (some would say positively encouraged) on a UK Government website listing Covid test suppliers. Indeed, ............  ...read more

Double murder: “many questions still open”

Ponta de São Lourenço, where the murderer threw himself of the cliffs

Murderer drove 44km to Ponta de São Lourenço with police “on his tail”

The Portugal Resident has a neat summary of a story of a double murder that has been making headlines locally in Madeira this last week,

They describe how a 48-year-old man butchered his 10-year-old son and estranged partner in an apartment in Madeira on December 20th before driving 40kms to commit ............  ...read more

Costa: “war is not over”

Portuguese PM Costa

Portuguese PM’s Christmas speech

The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, in his traditional Christmas message yesterday, highlighted that the war against COVID-19 is not over, considerinng it essential to continue the vaccination boost in Portugal. He also praised the “unsurpassed” work of health professionals and the ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Christmas sees new high

Ambulance dealing with COVID victims

295 new positive cases

On Christmas day, 295 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in Madeira, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic. The Region now counts 17452 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. These are 9 imported cases and 286 cases of local transmission.

Also yesterday, 174 people were ............  ...read more

Cloud and rain for Christmas Day

Poor Christmas weather set to continue?

The Diario reports online this morning that the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA predicts for this Christmas day, December 25th, generally cloudy skies and periods of rain, being more persistent in mountainous ............  ...read more

Funchal, Machico and Porto Santo at “extreme risk”

risk level in the EU
Click on map for expanded view

264 new cases in Madeira yesterday

Press agency Lusa, quoted in the Diario report that Portugal currently has 151 municipalities at very high and extreme risk of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 18 more than the previous week, indicated yesterday the General Directorate of Health (DGS) – the national statistical agency, which ............  ...read more

Market Night spreads across Funchal

Farmers market, with fruit and vegetables being sold
Photo: Diario

Tight security evident

JM reports that far from the affluence of the years before the pandemic, Market Night in Funchal returned to the traditional way, limited to the sale of fruit, vegetables, and vegetables. On the other hand, the city gained another, new, dynamic, with people dispersing to other points of interest, ............  ...read more

Comments to be manually approved

… for a while

The blog seems to have been targeted for a few weeks with a deluge of Comments from conspiracy theorists on the subject of vaccinations against Coronavirus. Whilst being extremely reluctant to exercise any censorship in any manner for approaching fifteen years, the blog has been contacted by a number ............  ...read more

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