Ronaldo. Ferry latest. Agricultural School.

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”

FerryThe 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

Agricultural School

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.

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New Jet2 route. easyJet flights released.

Jet2 plans to add a Birmingham – Funchal service to their Winter 2017/18 schedule. Running once a week from 30th October this year, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate on Mondays. The hours seem quite civilised: LS1225 BHX1100 – 1450FNC, LS1226 FNC1550 – 1950BHX.

easyJet  flights released

easyJet logo

Meanwhile easyJet flights go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 23rd March, for travel between: 29 October 2017 – 4 February 2018.
Their Autumn sale currently underway and offers Funchal – Lisbon for as little as €34.99. Lisbon to Ponto Delgado in the Azores is less than £20.00 (don’t know why this is priced in pounds?).

New School for Porto Santo

Todays Diario reports that tenders have been invited for the construction of a new primary and secondary school in Porto Santo. The base price is €5 million and. The same paper reports that Funchal authorities will invest 4, 5 million euros to replace 13 km of the water network in seven streets of the city.

Bank of Portugal to “lose control” of troubled banks

Carlos Costa

Until recently Carlos Costa was vowing that the Bank of Portugal would remain free of political influence, but last week the man in charge of the country’s central bank was humiliated. SIC television news – the company that ran the embarrassing documentary exposing BdP for incurring millions of euros in losses by moving at the pace of a snail during the BES debacle – reports ten days ago that the government is going to “withdraw” the bank’s supervisory powers over banks needing salvage operations.
SIC’s report quotes Jornal de Negocios and comes the day Finance minister Mário Centeno is due to present parliament with “general lines” of control to be taken over BdP in future. The move follows the gathering furore over the bank’s “performance” through successive institutional collapses over the last decade. Stable door?

Snow possible on highest ground

Snow on the peaks above Funchal

The Portuguese Met Office, IPMA, have forecast snow for the highest peaks in Madeira today. Rain is possible on northern slopes

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Jardim aquitted. New “Visit Madeira” video.

Jardim aquitted

Alberto Joao JardimThe former president of the Regional Government, Alberto João Jardim was yesterday acquitted at the Instância Local do Funchal of the crime of violating the duties of neutrality and impartiality in the period of the municipal elections in 2009. Judge Joana Dias considered that the facts contained in the indictment of the Public Prosecutor’s Office had not been proven – the case was only brought last October after Jardim lost the immunity he had enjoyed whilst on office.
The acquittal closes for now a case concerning incidents involving members of the opposing PND party during two inaugurations in Funchal. The first case occurred on October 2, 2009, during the inauguration of the access to the port of Funchal in an atmosphere that had become tense because of the constant presence of representatives of the New Democracy Party in the official acts of Alberto João Jardim. A few days later the atmosphere went from tense to explosive at the inauguration of the Madeira Tecnopolo ending with punches and  kicks being traded.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the conduct of the accused Alberto João Jardim was aimed at  being detrimental to candidates for local elections (members of the PND), and expressions used by Jardim would have been intended to interfere in the electoral process when the law required him to refrain from doing so, regardless of the conduct of third parties. It is possible that Public Prosecutors Office will appeal the decision.

Airport renaming controversy continues

Pedro MarquesFollowing up on the previous post, the Diario reported yesterday, that the Portuguese Minister of Planning and Infrastructures, Pedro Marques, has stated that the Government has not been formally consulted on the issue of assigning the name of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Madeira airport. “The Government of the Republic has not been formally consulted on the matter,” he said, stressing that the issue is being handled by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal.
On June 21, 2016, the Regional Government decided to assign the name of Cristiano Ronaldo to the airport of Madeira, where the footballer was born. Pedro Marques’ department clarified that contrary to reports in the national newspaper Público and the Madeira daily Diário de Notícias he had not “raised doubts about the legitimacy of the Madeiran Government to attribute the name” of Cristiano Ronaldo to the airport of the island. ANA has not been asked for an opinion and has managed the matter very well, said the official.
The airport is at the moment also referred to as Santa Catarina Airport – will this disappear?


Sue at the Royal British Legion has asked that we publicise a forthcoming event:

The Royal British Legion – Madeira


RBL restaurant

Our first event for 2017 will be an All Fool’s Day Lunch at ‘Johnny’s’ Olhar O Campo Restaurant, Prazares on Saturday 1st April at 12:30 for 13:00. Numbers limited to 45 – first come first served.

The price of the Buffet Lunch will be €22.50 per head to include wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, Madeira Wine and the Tip. Those requiring vegetarian or gluten free meals please state in your reply. Closing date for inscriptions 27th March
I will pass on details If anybody is interested – just contact the blog.

“Descubra a Madeira – Lifestyle”

Visit Madeira have launched a new promotional video for the archipelago:

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