The headline in today’s Diario highlights a little evidence of a recovering economy with the news that February saw a reversal of the trend of recent months with the number of companies created in Madeira being higher than those that closed.
TAP adds 10 destinations
As of this summer Portuguese flag-carrying airline TAP will have an additional ten new international destinations available for its passengers to explore.
The company launched the new routes with a promotional campaign showcasing the flights to Manaus, Belem, Bogota, Panama, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gothenburg, Hannover, Belgrade, and Nantes.
New card to help with tax invoices
The Portugal News reports today that The Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority has unveiled a new card which contains taxpayers’ fiscal identity numbers as a means of increasing confidentiality, avoiding people from giving out their personal details in public when requesting a “fatura” from places like cafés or restaurants.
The card, which can be requested with or without a name, also has a bar code which allows shopkeepers and companies to scan the number which then automatically appears on the invoice. The card is free and can be printed directly from the Finance Ministry’s website, which can be found at www.portaldasfinancas.gov.pt.
This weekend sees the XXIII Regional Exhibition of the Anona in Faial. Around 350 producers will be represented, although production of the custard apple is apparently down this year. I hadn’t realised that the fruit is believed to have strong anti-cancer qualities – a quick Google (under the more common spelling of Annona) brings up many scientific papers supporting the theory.
I was appalled to read recently that more local authorities in the UK are removing punctuation from street names. The Cambridge News recently reported an “Apostrophe catastrophe as Cambridge City Council bans punctuation from new street names” – apparently in order to “avoid confusion”: http://tinyurl.com/p579ujt
The Telegraph also reports on the dumbing down of the English language in general and the humble apostrophe in particular; http://tinyurl.com/c42tp9m Fortunately it appears that Cambridge City Council have reversed their position after being widely ridiculed.