Farming for nothing, Fishing in swimming zones, New catamaran, Airport Nationalisation?

TODAYS PHOTO : Thanks to Helen … the jet ski competition held at the weekend in Funchal

Source : Diário de Notícias 27/4/2008

It’s the season for sugar cane, broad beans and new potatoes, but nothing that makes any money. Farmers keep their land going because it’s what they do best, and their families have done if for generations, and money is the last motivation because it’s just not worth the effort put in. With the younger generations finding more ‘attractive’ ways to make a living, so much land is under threat of abandonment (in terms of agriculture) as the older generations pass away.

In an article about the increased amount of beach fishing going on along the south coast this year, the Diário questions the fact that much of the fishing takes place in public and designated swimming areas (often where it is prohibited) unchallenged, and goes on to make the point about the danger of fishing hooks that get left in the water. (That had never occurred to me, but it sounds quite unpleasant). Those beaches are also likely to be particularly busy as there are several facilities and beach areas still out of action due to the storm damage this month.

Along with the hot weather comes the annual problem of forest fires, either through negligence or intent. 6 fires were attended to on Saturday in Ribeira Brava, Machico, and Câmara de Lobos.

A new catamaran is due to arrive in Madeira today, to join the growing fleet of boats servicing the tourist industry. It cost €650,000 and has the capacity for 50 passengers. Equipped with a bar and audiovisual system, it also has 2 bathrooms.

Another article looks at the strong possibility of privatising Madeira airport, saying that doing so would make it more aggressive and dynamic. Hmmm … as it’s the only airport we have, and we are on an island, I am not sure that would be a good thing … at least not without some strong legislation about it’s operating procedures.

Nacional got a 3 – nil walloping at home yesterday … on current form I dread to think what will happen next week when they play at Porto! Marítimo put up a good fight playing at Sporting yesterday, but lost in the end.

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5 thoughts on “Farming for nothing, Fishing in swimming zones, New catamaran, Airport Nationalisation?”

  1. Just in case you missed it. Madeiras favourite son, Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the PFA Player of the Year for the second year running. Well Done Cristiano!
    –Don

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