Madeira Cerebral Palsy Association Reaches Capacity

Algae Plague Hits Porto Santo Beach

Cerebral Palsy - photo of a mother nand child
Cerebral Palsy features in JM today

The Madeira Cerebral Palsy Association supports 86 users and no longer has the capacity for more – this is the news making the headlines in JM this Monday morning. The vice-president of the association, Cristina Andrade, reveals that the support “is insufficient”.

The subject of Cerebral Palsy dominates today’s Front Page, which also features the testimony of the mother of a five-year-old boy. The young mother opened her heart to the newspaper and thanked them for the help she received after learning about her son’s diagnosis with Cerebral Palsy. Now, she emphasizes, “The most important thing is that he is alive. He has a special look and is happy in his own way.”

Algae problem plaguing Porto Santo

In this edition, the newspaper also highlights the algae problem that is plaguing Porto Santo beach. At the end of January the Diario reported that the Administration Office in Porto Santo resumed the removal of sargassum along the beach on the Golden Island. For a few weeks now, the Porto Santo beach has been full of this species of algae. 

Cleaning work has resumed now that weather conditions have improved. The photos shared on social media illustrate the work being carried out by several employees and several machines and vehicles allocated to the Administration office in Porto Santo.

Regional Government services have tried to ensure the beach is cleaned, but the breakdown of a vehicle made the work difficult. There is an accumulation of algae that has been bothering the population, a situation that is worsened by the appearance of flies in the material that has washed ashore.

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2 thoughts on “Madeira Cerebral Palsy Association Reaches Capacity”

  1. Sargassum is a type of seaweed, or brown algae, that spends its life on the ocean’s surface and floats in large masses. Unlike red tide and blue-green algae, sargassum isn’t harmful. In fact, it’s an important fish habitat that provides food and refuge for fish, birds, crabs, shrimp and many other marine organisms.

    Sargassum is widely regarded as a bio-fertiliser in agriculture.

    So it may look unsightly but does have it’s uses.

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