UK resists precautionary measures

7news reporting on no precautionary measures being taken in the UK
Australian website today

… as Covid rates rise

Precautionary measures to return? Sometimes it is interesting to take a different slant on the UK news as opposed to consuming what you are fed by the increasingly woke BBC news channels.

Reuters report today that “British hospitals are on the edge and people should wear masks and come forward ............ more

SMILE project ends today

Casa da Luz , the venue for SMILE

Madeira one of the pilot islands in EU initiative

This afternoon sees the closing session of the SMILE Project – SMart IsLand Energy – at the Electricity Museum in the centre of Funchal (the Casa da Luz is well worth a visit in its own right by the way).

SMILE – is co-financed by the European Commission, through the Horizonte 2020 programme, ............ more

North African dust affects Madeira

Dust warning from health authorities

Precautions advised

The Regional Directorate of Health, IASAÚDE, has issued a statement on social media platforms today, confirming that Madeira is currently affected by a wind originating from North African carrying dust particles. This is not the expected gas and dust from the volcano in La Palma.

They advise a number ............ more

Portuguese consume double calories

Calorie consumption represented by a food wheel

Calorie consumption increasing

The Portugal News report a Lusa press release revealing that the Portuguese population consumed, on average, twice as many calories as recommended for an adult between 2016 and 2020.

The food product groups with the greatest deviations in 2020, compared to the consumption recommended by the Food ............ more

Teacher shortage

Teacher shortage headline in the Diario

… and 105 consecutive tropical nights

The Diario this morning leads with the headline that 30% of the Regions schools have admitted to a shortage of teachers this academic year – a situation that must be causing concern to the authorities, with many teachers coming from the mainland on short-term contracts.

105 consecutive tropical nights

The same newspaper reports ............ more

Continente warn of rising prices

Continente store

“It is inevitable”

The director of Continente owner Sonae MC, Miguel Águas, has said that “it is inevitable” that there will be price increases along the supply chain due to the rise in fuel prices.

Press agency Lusa report as Miguel Águas was speaking to journalists at the inauguration of the new Sonae ............ more

PCR test objectors released

PCR test

Confined in hotel against their will

JM reports that a Funchal court ordered the release of three citizens who had been in compulsory confinement, after refusing to take the PCR test on arrival in Madeira.

As far as JM was concerned, the three citizens arrived in the Region last week, when the state of calamity was still in effect, and ............ more

Clock changes to continue

Funchal's Se Cathedral - clock changes will remain on October 31
Funchal’s Se Cathedral clock

EU continues with clock change on 31 October

The Portugal News reported recently that the time throughout the EU will change as usual on 31 October to winter time, and once again clocks will go back by one hour, despite a proposal since 2018 for the end of this seasonal clock change practice.

European Commission’s spokesperson for Public ............ more

Volcano: gas and dust over Madeira

Windy map of gas and dust from the La Palma volcano

“Volcano fog” visits Madeira

The Diario reports that this week the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA acknowledged that a cloud of sulphur dioxide (SO2) “originating from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano” had been ............ more

Motorcyclists protest in Funchal

Motorcyclists protest outside CR7 Hotel

Mandatory inspections from next year

JM reports that Funchal was one of the locations in Portugal where motorcyclists yesterday demonstrated against the imposition of mandatory inspections on motorcycles from January 2022. Unlike what happened in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Faro, in Funchal and Porto Holy the protest was made on foot.

The ............ more

Banana da Madeira sponsors Lisbon Marathon

Lisbon Marathon sponsored by Banana da Madeira

” One of the marathons not to be missed”

JM reports that at 8:00 am tomorrow, Sunday, October 17, at Avenida da República, in Cascais, the starting shot of the 2021 edition of the Lisbon Marathon, sponsored in part by Banana da Madeira, will be fired.

Since 2012, GESBA-Banana Sector Management Company has supported the event, organized by ............ more

Airport traffic recovers

Funchal airport busy

… towards 2019 levels

The Diario reports that according to its operator, VINCI Airports, traffic at Funchal Airport is almost back to the 2019 level.

VINCI information, based on data up to September 30, states that in Portugal, “the number of passengers practically doubled this summer compared to last ............ more

The end of curfew

JM headline the end of curfew

Old Town comes back to life

JM reports that “it was a form of liberation”. Funchal’s old town and other parts of the city once again registered crowds at the start of the first weekend without curfew restrictions.

In an issue that highlights other ‘freedoms’ that were once restricted due to the ............ more

Madeira now considered ‘low risk’

ECDC logo - the organisation now regards Madeira as low risk

… on EU travel map

Press agency Lusa report that Madeira has moved into the green, low risk category for COVID-19 on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) map, which supports travel decisions in the European Union (EU), with mainland Portugal and the Azores in orange.

This ............ more

Bathing season ends

Lifeguard, as the end of the bathing season approaches

and “State of Calamity” ends

The Diario reports that the official bathing season ends today. The four beaches where lifeguards are still operating will see their last day where assistance will be on hand – there will be none from tomorrow.

“State of Calamity” ends

The Government Council, meeting yesterday ............ more

UK arrivals testing relaxed

Arrivals hall graphic

Cheaper test sufficient for most arrivals

Reuters report that fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from low-risk countries from Oct. 24. Arrivals will no longer have to take expensive COVID-19 tests, the British government said yesterday.

Last month the government simplified the rules for international travel to England in a boost ............ more

Ten new rules in Madeira

Madeira, where new rules come into effect today

… from today

JM handily rounds up the ten changes coming to effect in the Region at midnight tonight after the resolution approved yesterday by the Government Council confirmed the changes to rules already announced Tuesday. In general, the order is to reopen without restrictions, but keeping recommendations ............ more

New airport testing procedures

Testing at Madeira airport

Who will pay?

JM reports that the changes that will be made in the testing at Madeira airport. As of November 1, the PCR test for travellers who arrive in the Region without being vaccinated will no longer be mandatory. The question of who will pay will be the subject of a resolution tomorrow in the Governing ............ more

Iona departs from Funchal

Iona departing from Funchal

Ports largest visitor departs – video

Tur TV have a very good 3-minute video of the Iona departing from the port of Funchal yesterday – below.

Beneath, they have another longer video of the Iona arriving at 5:30 yesterday morning – the initial shots giving a good impression of the size of the cruise ship with very nearly 5,500 ............ more

Ronaldo passes 800 goals


Another milestone passed

A Bola reports that with the three goals scored last night in Luxembourg, Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another extraordinary milestone in his already long career: 801 goals as a professional.

The Madeiran’s career at the highest level began at Sporting, ............ more

Ryanair bans passengers

Ryanair, who have banned passenngers who claimed money back through their credit cards

… unless they pay back Covid refunds

The Telegraph online reports that the budget airline Ryanair says customers who used ‘chargeback’ rules to receive a refund cannot fly. They have effectively barred passengers who got Covid refunds for its flights until they pay back the money. 

It is believed that close to a thousand ............ more

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