TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Andrew … another fine photo from last weekends harvest festival in Loreta complete with vegetable balls. Next week I am going to show some photos of Port Santo Island that I took myself, as I feel sometimes it does not get as much attention as it ought in the news.
The blog seems to be OK now thankfully. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for persevering!
Main News : source : Diário de Notícias 14/6/2008
A front page almost football free for the first time this week! Won’t be for long I promise, with Portugal playing their final group match in the Euro 2008 (TVI / Channel 4, 7.45pm)
The ‘Volcán of Tijarafe’ set off with 90 new Madeiran passengers yesterday morning from Funchal, on its maiden voyage to Portimão on the south coast of Portugal. The ship run by ‘Naviera Armas’ set off at 10.30am with a total of 120 passengers and 30 vehicles (some presumably already boarded on the Canary Islands). The ship should arrive at Portimão on Sunday at 8am.
Other News :
I beat the Diário to the scoop of the week last week, when the blog covered the ramp access all the way down to the sea at Ribeira Brava. The Diário covers that today, better late than never, but also reports a big coastal clean up on Friday along that stretch. A spokesperson from the council (Câmara) states that the ‘clean water’ blue flag will not be raised until 27th of June, and on the same day the two life guards will start work. Peering down over the beach I can see from my obscured view around 50 people in the sea and on the beach, and there are probably 2 or 3 times as many out of my sight. So why do the lifeguards not start work until 27th? I don’t remember seeing any signs saying ‘do not drown before 27th June’, nor do I see any life belts or other forms of aid for struggling swimmers. The council is fulfilling it’s minimal obligations, nothing more.
Moving to international politics, or lack of, the declining relationship between Russia and Britain will have an impact on the Funchal 500 celebrations, in particular the tall ships event in October. The biggest training ship in the world ‘Sedov’ will no longer take part, because the event starts in Falmouth (Cornwall, England) and the Russian authorities will not allow their boat to anchor there. This is all over the death of a KGB man who the Brits claim was poisoned by the Russian Secret Service.
If you bank with the Bank of Portugal and some other banks, and they issue you with a cheque book (or folio of cheques) be sure to make yourself aware if they have a printed expiry date (‘Valido até) in the top right hand corner. If they are ‘presented’ for payment after this date they will probably be rejected, and there may also be a bank charge. (luckily for me my BPI account cheques don’t have expiry dates).
The new car tax system is still causing some problems, but that’s partly the fault if Finanças. What should happen is that when your vehicle tax is due (the month of first registration in Portugal), you should be sent a notification … but as yet these reminders have not started being sent out. However, that is no excuse for non renewal as both the police and Finanças can fine you for out of date car tax. Also, there is no sticker of ticket to go in the windscreen once you have paid, but you should carry proof of payment of the car tax with you in the car.
More details on how to renew your car tax on the internet here : www.madeira4u.com/m4u_RI/resources_i_driving.html
I don’t know who else is taking a close look at the Euro 2008, but I have seen all the games except one and have witnessed some really good football matches. Each year football at this level seems to move closer to ‘playing not to lose’ , but this competition seems to have lost that negative approach. It’s funny that the Madeirans seem to have a dislike of several teams, including France, Germany and Italy, much like some other European countries I know. Anyway, I must thank CaboTV for showing all the matches, even on some of the more obscure channels. The strange thing is that when SportTV (paid channel) has exclusive coverage, they block the Italian channel (Rai Uno) from showing it, but leave it on the more obscure stations way down on the channel list.
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