The Diario and RTP-Madeira report today on an accident in São Jorge yesterday lunchtime, with a car falling 40 metres after the driver lost control whilst descending a steep section of road on the north coast of the island. Four people were in the car, including a 72 year-old, and one 14 year-old girl had to be cut free and remains in critical condition. The car actually climbed the protective side wall of a “switchback” section of road and came to rest on the next section below. Emergency services from Machico and Santana attended and the road was closed until later in the afternoon. All four were transported to the main Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Funchal where they are under observation (photo: John da Silva).
Gastronomia do Caniço
This week sees the start of the well established Gastronomia do Caniço food festival. Not actually sure about the start date, as there two posters doing the rounds, one giving the 26th as the start date, whilst the other shows it commencing on the 27th. The Journal da Madeira has the official opening scheduled for 20.00 hours tomorrow (Wednesday), with the performance of the Philharmonic Band of Canico and Eiras. A number of other bands will perform each hour, with the last at 23.00. The the following days’ programs include more bands and a comedian. At the close of the event, “Total Karaoke” is planned to animate the city center (I think I might just give that a miss!).
As usual local and regional cuisine is available at the seven restaurants promoting themselves as part of the festival.
Drugs boat future still undecided after ten years
The Diario today also covers the story of a boat sequestered as part of drugs operation. It remains at the marina in Calheta, where it has now been for exactly a decade. Locals are concerned that it is becoming a bit of an eyesore, after it had to be lifted out of the water when it started to take leak a few years ago and was thought to be in danger of sinking.
Sterling seems to taken a bit of punishment this last week: