Mass testing to end

Testing queue in central Funchal

Peak this week?

Press agency Lusa reports that Madeira will end the mass weekly testing for Covid-19 when the daily number of cases drops to less than 1,000, according to the Regional President Miguel ............  ...read more

Strong Seas begin to impact

Lido submerged in strong seas

Lido submerged and stopovers abandoned

JM reports that the swimming pools of the Complexo Balnear do Lido are now completely submerged due to the strong sea turmoil recorded since yesterday, mainly on the south coast of Madeira.

This same reason led management company FrenteMar Funchal to ............  ...read more

Sea levels change in Portugal due to Tonga volcano

Tonga volcano

20cm change recorded in Funchal

Expresso, on the mainland, reports that Portugal recorded changes in sea level due to the eruption of the Tonga volcano.

The greatest changes were registered in the Azores, with the phenomenon also being observed in Madeira and in the Peniche area.

The tsunami triggered by the eruption of a volcano ............  ...read more

Queen Mary doomed?

Queen Mary 2 in Funchal in 2017
Queen Mary 2 in Funchal in 2017: FN

… whilst Queen Mary 2 goes missing

Jaime has been in touch to point out that Queen Mary 2 was due to call in Funchal this Tuesday, so after a couple of years of not visiting Funchal, she was about to call twice in just over a month – on a stopover en route Southampton to the Eastern Caribbean before a return crossing to the Canary ............  ...read more

Madeira prepared for 4th vaccine

Soldiers moved as 4th vaccine mooted
Corvette António Enes

Soldiers moved from corvette to hotel

JM reports that 40% of the population has already received the third dose of the vaccine, a percentage that satisfies Regional Secretary of Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos, but the secretary ............  ...read more

Madeira approves minimum wage

Minimum monthly wage now €723

The Portugal News and press agency last week reported that the Council of the Government of Madeira has set the value of the minimum wage, or monthly salary, in the region at €723, an increase of €41 compared to 2001, when the value was €682, which itself was €31.12 more than in 2020.

This ............  ...read more

Weather warnings issued

Strong winds predicted

Following on from yesterday’s post predicting a poor spell of weather over the coming days, the Captaincy of the Port of Funchal informs that it has received, from the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA............  ...read more

Weather update

Weather change setting in at Barreirinha

Change ahead?

In my absence, Jaime has kindly provided a weather update “live” from the Old Town in Funchal where he reports that the weather has been great for the last two days BUT it’s going to change as the sea is getting very rough here today (Saturday) and an unsettled week ahead is forecast.

Jaime ............  ...read more

Outermost Regions join forces

General photo of agriculture in the outermost regions

Azores and Madeira identify agricultural crisis

JM reports that the Outermost Regions of Portugal have joined forces, with the Regional Government of the Azores, together with the Madeiran executive, sending a letter to the Minister of Agriculture, requesting “urgent and adequate responses to the increase in production costs in the agricultural ............  ...read more

New landmark in Santo António

New landmark in Santo António

Statue of Mother Virgínia Brites takes prime position

JM reports that a statue of Mother Virgínia Brites has been placed in the roundabout of the parish of Santo António, in Funchal, noted as the birthplace of one Cristiano Ronaldo. The new roundabout has been gradually taking shape over the last few months at the end of the main road coming up into ............  ...read more

Socialists close to an absolute majority

Socialist leader Costa

Poll looks promising for Costa

Press agency dpa-international report from mainland Portugal that Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa can hope to win an absolute majority of seats in parliament for the first time in the new elections on January 30.

According to a survey published on Thursday by the Catholic University in ............  ...read more

Woke Word

Woke graphic

PC alternatives suggested by software

Nothing to do with Madeira, but in a sign of the woke times that I for one abhor, Microsoft has introduced a political correctness tool to help users make their writing more “inclusive”.

The BBC reports that the new Word feature, which is also on some of Microsoft’s web-based applications, will ............  ...read more

Covid: more than 2,000 daily cases

Covid case arriving at hospital

Positive cases move to new high

Madeira yesterday announced another record number of new positive cases of COVID-19 recorded in the previous 24 hours, with a total of 2,166 infected. 51 of these are imported with the balance of 2115 being attributed to local transmission. The epidemiological bulletin reports 1,544 recovered, so ............  ...read more

Queen Elizabeth returns

Queen Elizabeth
Present QE arriving for New Years Eve celebrations 2019

50 years after fire sank predecessor

Resident nautical expert Jaime is another reader getting tired of never-ending Coronavirus stories, He noted that this Friday (14th) the present cruise ship Queen Elizabeth is due to make another visit to Funchal and he put ............  ...read more

Grupo Sousa sells Luamar

Luamar hotel

Ferpinta buys landmark Porto Santo hotel

The Diario reports that the sale of Aparthotel Luamar, the four-star hotel located on the island of Porto Santo, and owned since June 1992 by ............  ...read more

Covid lab leak theory silenced

lab leak theory - lab in wuhan

Likely that Covid accidentally leaked from a laboratory

Lab leak likely: The Telegraph reports online last night that leading British and US scientists thought it was likely that Covid accidentally leaked from a laboratory but were concerned that further debate would harm science in China, emails show.

An email from Sir Jeremy Farrar, director ............  ...read more

Booster integrated into vaccination certificate

vaccination certificate

EU certificate valid 9 months

The Diario reports that the vaccine booster dose has already been integrated into the vaccination certificates, which are now valid for nine months, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). According to the ............  ...read more

State worries Albuquerque

Albuquerque headline in JM

Regional President preoccupied with national matters

JM reports that in the antechamber of the Legislative Councils, the president of the PSD-M Miguel Albuquerque yesterday sent Rui Rio, president of the Social Democratic party a reminder from Madeira. Albuquerque is concerned about the ‘slowly ............  ...read more

TAP world’s 5th safest airline

TAP - the World's 5th safest airline

World’s safest airlines named

Thanks to Maurice for a link to the Express and an article entitled: “The world’s safest airline has been named – which came top?” TAP wasn’t top – but it still came in the top 5. The newspaper comments that travel may currently be more complicated than before due to the ............  ...read more

Mass testing could end soon

Testing station in Funchal

… as cases stabilize

JM report that the Government of Madeira will assess this week the need to continue massively testing the population each week, after health authorities foresee a stabilization in the number of cases, said the sector secretary today.

“We will see if there is a need to continue with massive testing ............  ...read more

Confusion over Madeira entry requirements

uk.gov website misleading

Confusion reigns after a copy blog incorrectly announced that negative tests are now an entry requirement for Madeira. This blog has received a number of requests for clarification. The requirement for a negative test is not the case, as the Autonomous Region has always set different entry requirements ............  ...read more

562 people rescued by the Portuguese Navy

Portuguese Navy

420 maritime search and rescue actions in 2021

Thanks to Jaime for a link to the Portugal News and the story that the Portuguese Navy coordinated during 2021, 420 maritime search and rescue actions and rescued a total of 562 people from the sea. As Jaime notes, at last, a story that is not Covid related!

According to a note published on the Navy’s ............  ...read more

Drug addiction support reaches 500

Lourdes Castro passes away

JM leads with a report that the program to fight drug addiction now helps 500 people in Madeira. Over the years there have been a number of reports on this blog featuring the growing number of drug users on the island.

Some are housed in the hospital at Marmeleiros, whilst others take their dose of ............  ...read more

TAP to operate 10 flights per day

TAP headline in the JM

TAP reverses planned cutbacks in the Region

JM report the good news that the national carrier TAP’s plans for this year have reversed the forecast of a drastic cut in air connections. TAP reveals to JM that it will ensure a daily flight to Porto Santo, two to Porto and seven to Lisbon. TAP will operate some trips with smaller ............  ...read more

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