Zero-emission planes possible

Model of a zero-emission plane from Airbus

… and within 15 years

The Times, among others, reports that zero-emission passenger planes will operate within 15 years under plans drawn up by Airbus for a new generation of full-size hydrogen-powered jets.

The European aerospace manufacturer on Monday released images of three zero-emission concepts, which rely on hydrogen ............  ...read more

Weather goes downhill

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Autumn equinox sees rain forecast

Rather appropriately, on the autumn equinox, the Portuguese Weather Institute (IPMA) has forecast a generally cloudy sky today, especially due to medium and high clouds and the possibility of scattered precipitation starting in the middle of the afternoon.

The wind will be weak/moderate (up to 25 km/h) ............  ...read more

Expat bank accounts under threat!

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Brits could lose their UK accounts within weeks

Thanks to Maurice for a link to a rather alarming headline in the Mail online: “Tens of thousands of British expats in Europe ‘will be stripped of their UK bank accounts and credit cards in weeks’ after government failed to negotiate post Brexit rules

The newspaper reports ............  ...read more

Danish tourists leave Porto Santo

Danish plane in Porto Santo

Government advice on Portugal causes early return

The Diario reports that 130 Danish tourists have returned home early from Porto Santo after their government changed its advice to its citizens on travel to Portugal due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases on the mainland.

Danish tourists who arrived just last week boarded a flight back to Denmark ............  ...read more

Large gatherings banned

Headline that large gatherings will be banned

… as the Region reaches 200 cases

The Diario leads today with the story that large gatherings have been banned on the island until the end of next month.

The announcement has been made by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE as the Region reaches a landmark of 200 posisive tests for COVID-19 ............  ...read more

2 Brits jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise ship

MSC OPera in Funchal, where the cocaine was discovered

£2m drugs discovered in Funchal in March 2019

In a story that seems to have been missed by the local press, Sky News and MSN among othersreports that two British people have been jailed for trying to smuggle £2m of cocaine into the UK on a cruise ship.

Geraldo Luis Jhonson Garcias, 31, and Vianelis Fermin-Pena, 22, both from Nottingham, were ............  ...read more

Portuguese air travel down 80%

TAP flight leaving Madeira as air travel recovers slightly

Slight recovery in July

Air travel: The country’s national airports recorded a slight recovery in passenger numbers in July. However there was a year-on-year drop of 79.5%.

According to the latest air transport statistics for July, the movement of passengers at national airports recovered in the month, but were “still ............  ...read more

Nossa Senhora da Piedade takes place

30 vessels take part in traditional festival

JM reports that as part of the annual Festival in honour of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, in Caniçal, and, contrary to what was initially planned, thirty vessels ended up going to sea.

The decision was last minute. In the last moments, the Maritime Police gave the guarantee to advance all vessels. However, ............  ...read more