Ronaldo: Scoring ‘not the most important thing’
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal last night (Saturday) but says his personal accomplishments don’t matter in the face of helping his country qualifying for the World Cup. Ronaldo’s brace against Hungary at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon takes his tally to nine through five games of the qualifying campaign, two more than than other other European player. The 3–0 win still sees Portugal trail Group leaders Switzerland by three points, but strengthened their hold on second place, opening a five-point gap over Hungary.
Ronaldo also reached 70 career goals for Portugal, which moved him within one of Germany’s Miroslav Klose for third place among Europe’s all-time top international scorers.
For the first time Ronaldo will be able to represent his country in in his birthplace this Tuesday night (28th), in a friendly against Sweden at the Marítimo Stadium in Funchal. There are two types of ticket – both reasonably priced at €20 and €25, but it is not immediately clear whether these have sold out. The stadium in Barreiros has seen a lot of work recently and will host the national side’s first game on the island for 16 years.”To see Ronaldo playing at home is a gift that we have wanted to give to the people of Madeira for a long time,” the Portuguese Football Federation’s president Fernando Gomes explained.
Meanwhile there are reports of images of Ronaldo appearing at the airport ahead of the forthcoming renaming ceremony.
Ferry “not viable”
The Diario last week reported the Portuguese Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, has announced in the Assembly of the Republic that she does not intend to launch any “public procedure” for a ferry line between the mainland and Madeira, since it has information from the Regional Government and the ship owners that the service would not be feasible and the state can not finance the six million euros that would be required to balance the accounts.
At a hearing lasting for almost three hours at the Committee on Economy, Innovation and Public Works, attended by two Madeiran deputies, the minister said the everybody had told her the ferry was not viable, and that ship owners had requested €6 million of public compensation to secure the service, although she did acknowledge that the Regional Minister for the Economy, Eduardo Jesus, believed that it was possible to lower this subsidy to €2 million. Most interestingly the Minister commented that “one of the reasons why it is not financially feasible to make such a connection is because of the fees charged in the port system in Madeira, which are excessively high”. If the Regional Government are as committed to the re-introduction of the ferry why do they place obstacles in its way………….
Agricultural School inaugurated
The Agricultural School of Madeira will be inaugurated by the President of the Regional Government on April 3. Located in São Vicente, the new building has been adapted from the previous Agrarian Training Centre building. The school is a key component of the Regional Government’s current program which include “the creation of an agricultural school that will provide the regional agricultural and agrifood sectors with qualified human resources……….and increase the quality and sustainability of the sector”. Although the school is based in São Vicente, classes and courses will be given in other locations according to demand.