Ronaldo has airport named in his honour
The Journal reports on Cristiano Ronaldo visiting yesterday to inaugurate his first joint-venture with Pestana – the boutique hotel in Praça do Mar. Miguel Albuquerque, president of the Regional Government (pictured with Ronaldo yesterday), took the opportunity to announce that the island’s Santa Catarina Airport will be renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. The 55 year old politician said that decision was an acknowledgement to the services and high profile the Real Madrid player has brought to the region. The move to name the airport was formalized during a council meeting on Thursday.
European airlines fly into trouble
Following up on a story on the repercussions of Brexit a couple of posts ago, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that European airlines were “flying into trouble” after “terrorism, air-traffic-control strikes and Brexit have caused a sequence of shocks, cutting earnings expectations”.
The Journal reports that for the region’s carriers, 2016 was supposed to be a breeze. Low oil prices were poised to help deliver record profits. Fuel hedges that last year damped the benefit from lower fuel costs had reached more favourable levels. However Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, said on Thursday that the environment for airlines hasn’t been this bad in a decade. “You have more terrorist events this year than in any year that anyone can remember,” she said. “The attacks have dented consumer confidence, as have air-traffic-control strikes that have cancelled thousands of flights across Europe and the sharp fall in sterling”
Museu Quinta das Cruzes
The Quinta das Cruzes Museum will be closed to the public from 23 July to 1 August. The mansion, which dates back to the origins of colonisation, is sat on a prime hectare of landscaped land in central Funchal and displays a highly regarded collection of silver, filigree and antiques assembled by the private collector César Gomes. It was acquired by the local authority and opened as a museum on 1952. The closure is to allow survey of parts of the seventeenth century stone arches, with a view to maintaining structural integrity. The Museum of the Quinta das Cruzes reopens with normal opening hours, on 2 August.
Calheta rockfall warning
Last week saw another rockfall in Calheta, damaging cars in the Pingo Doce car park and surrounding area. Nobody was injured, but local geographer and environmentalist Raimundo Quintal, speaking to Funchal News, said that development in that particular area (around the supermarket and Calheta Beach Hotel) had been undertaken counter to a human tendency to avoid that location for the last five centuries. Previously, he said, there was only a village at the mouth of the river at the western end of the man-made beach, and another small village, located where the new Saccharum hotel has been built at the eastern end of the cliffs.
“The truth is that for so many centuries, across that stretch there has never been buildings, there were caves in the rock where people kept boats … locals knew that escarpment was extremely unstable, and that there was a risk zone,” says Raimundo, who believes that the safety nets that have been installed are insufficient protection. With the crowds attracted by the beach he believes that “the risk of fatal accidents is great”. There is a video of the rockfall taken from the beach here.