Madeira Wine Festival
The annual Madeira Wine Festival starts tomorrow with a performance in the Municipal Gardens at 9.00pm. The first few days seem to be themed “13th European Folklore Week”. The wine festival lasts until the 11th of September and a full program can be found here.
Portuguese immigrants in US fund-raise for fire victims
One of the positive stories to come out of the recent fires is the efforts of a group of Portuguese emigrants in the USA who joined together to help the victims of the fires in Madeira. Joana Godinho, who is responsible for collecting the funds, told press agency Lusa “Something simple for us can mean a lot to someone who has lost everything. Apart from anything else, foreigners have much higher wages. We can easily give €40 for a microwave. It’s tougher asking this of someone in Portugal who takes €500 home at the end of the month”,
Godinho decided to start collecting money by contacting friends and Portuguese charities in the USA, but soon realised that international bank transfers were a hindrance to the aid. “There is always a transfer fee that can be as much as €30 on the amount that is transferred. As they are also accepting goods to re-equip the homes of those who were made homeless I saw that it would be easier to buy the things on Continente ‘online’ and send them to the Red Cross”, the TV producer said. The Red Cross accepted the proposal and said that what they needed most were cookers, ovens, microwaves, irons, dishes, bed clothes and towels.
Meanwhile the Diario reports today that €62.5 million of the €154 million estimated to be needed to tackle the damage caused by the recent fires has already been secured. The region has also established two credit lines worth 22 million. The numbers came out of yesterday’s meeting in Funchal between the government and the municipalities affected
CR7 Europe’s leading player for second time
Cristiano Ronaldo was named Europe’s leading player by EUFA last week. He collected 40 votes – convincingly beating second placed Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/France) with 8 and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales) with 7 votes.
Sorry to be football bore, but the EUFA website lists the Madeiran’s achievements during the 2015-16 season:
Madrid’s all-time leading scorer in the Liga
Five hundred career goals for club and country
Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer
Most goals in a single group stage
Second to Lionel Messi in FIFA Ballon d’Or
Second top scorer in Liga history
Decisive penalty in Champions League final
2015/16 UEFA Champions League top scorer
Portugal’s all-time most-capped player
UEFA.com Goal of the Season poll winner
Most all-time EURO finals appearances
Scores in fourth EURO final tournament
Joint-most EURO final tournament goals
Dramatic UEFA EURO 2016 triumph
Spanish Liga: 36 appearances, 35 goals, 11 assists
UEFA Champions League: 12 appearances, 16 goals, 4 assists
UEFA EURO 2016: 7 appearances, 3 goals, 3 assists
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