Christmas fair, New police stations, New Zon shops & mobile contract phone, etc.

TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Mike who took the photo when on holiday here recently, and Jon & Deb for sending it in. I have not heard of that airline before.

Front Page News : source Diário de Notícias 20/11/2008

Most of the front page was taken up yesterday with a photo from the Brazil v Portugal match (6 – 2).

Plans for the Christmas fair, this year at Praia Formosa in Funchal are well underway, with the agreement about ready to be signed. The area previously occupied by old fuel silos is being prepared to host the amusements, by Marítimo football club. After the controversy last year at the north quay with complaints from cruise ship passengers and neighbours, the new situation is said to be ideal with few residents in range and plenty of space. No mention of an opening date yet.

‘Injecting room at Avenida do Mar’ refers to behind the sea wall near to the old fort in Funchal where amongst the concrete blocks there is a ‘refuge’ for drug takers. The Diário found there plenty of evidence of drug taking tools and materials.

The Madeiran company ‘Grupo Irmãos Chaves’ is to invest €52 million to build a new luxury hotel in Luanda in Angola in it’s first project outside of Portugal, with the promise that there is more overseas investment to come.

An interview with the new director for the health service completes the front page headlines. The new boy has already announced an expansion of the operating theatres and an increase in recovery room beds from 6 to 15.

Other news :

€5 million has been allocated to deal with problems with police stations on Madeira. Those at Porto Moniz, Santana and São Vicente are to be refurbished, and new ones are to be built at Porto Santo, Ponta do Sol and Santa Cruz. The trade union here, representing 500 police officers, is sceptical in saying that €5m isn’t going to stretch to very much.

The politics page was missing on-line today, so Pres. AJJ. gets a day off from me if he is lucky, but I will still be looking out on the TV and radio for any undemocratic behaviour.

Zon Madeira, formerly known as CaboTV, is probably the TV provider that most of us use, and maybe for internet and telephone services too. A few weeks ago they announced they were going into the prepay mobile phone market too (a deal which I wasn’t very impressed with as I recall). They have now made a double announcement that 1. They are going into contract mobile phones in February, and 2. They have opened a new shop in the Dolce Vita shopping centre in Funchal, that was inaugurated on Wednesday. The new shop will be open from 10am to 11pm every day.

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It’s been three weeks since the spraying of aircraft started to prevent the spread of the mosquito ‘aedes aegypti’ to the continent, but nothing reported in the newspaper since then. What was a hot topic a month ago has now died a death. Is that because nothing has happened, or because of a winter slump in the biting and breeding problems I wonder?

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11 thoughts on “Christmas fair, New police stations, New Zon shops & mobile contract phone, etc.”

  1. Elaine, getting up at 5am in the morning is just inviting problems … take a leaf out of my book and try 10am, that's 5 less mosquito biting hours exposure a day.
    –Der

  2. RE: 5 million euros for police stations.

    Yes I would say 5 million is very optimistic to say the least. That only builds half a whale museum I think.
    Joking aside there needs to be a lot more spent on crime prevention. Because many more Madeirans are going abroad for work these days they are bringing back with them all the bad practices and customs from their host countries. As a result crime is increasing at an alarming rate and lots of different and new kinds of crime at that. It seems at the moment the police are very unprepared and under resourced for this new crime wave. On a positive note I think being a small island the middle of the Atlantic we can contain most of the crime and it would never become as bad as on the mainland.

    Der: The politics page was missing on-line today, so Pres. AJJ. gets a day off from me if he is lucky, but I will still be looking out on the TV and radio for any undemocratic behaviour.

    NO! NO! NO! This is a disastrous day for you. How on earth can you get through the day without having at least one pop at our fine president. I do hope that you make up for this lapse in the coming days. Heck when AJJ retires you will have nothing to write about. How will you fill your days? You will be bored stiff. This blog will be blank. lol

    by the way have you tried the salami cake?

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    Alberto João Jardim ~ Democratically elected by the good people of Madeira for the past 30 years.

    –Carlos

  3. Dear Carlos, I have every intention of catching up on lost time, as long as Bertie continues to be a naughty naughty boy. Tomorrow I am setting him a project to do, as well as ticking him off for another blow for accountability and democracy. I don't fancy the salami cake though, and given a whole one and Bertie close by I can think of a good place to dispose of it.

    As for when AJJ retires I will probably be 2 metres under, but if not there will be another one popping up as there are still plenty of Salazar supporters still around.
    –Der

  4. Der I am not quite sure what Salazar has to do with the modern day PSD party. But I am sure you will enlighten us all with your witty words of wisdom.

    Oh and if you had Bertie close by there would be no salami cake left anyway!

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    Alberto João Jardim ~ Democratically elected by the good people of Madeira for the past 30 years.

    –Carlos

  5. I just heard on the radio that there is a 'spur of the moment' taxi drivers protest in Avenida do Mar in Funchal. Apparently the protest is about lack of customers and lack of trade. You have to feel sorry for the honest ones as the rip-off merchants are spoiling it for the rest through rediculous overcharging of tourists, who should be the mainstream customers. It's called biting the hand that feeds you in other walks of life.
    –Der

  6. Yes an interesting read. But trying to say the PSD (centre right) is like the Salazar regime (far right) is like trying to compare the Conservative Party (or Labour as it is known today) with the BNP.

    Voting Salazar the greatest Portuguese ever surprises me. Maybe that is where you are trying to make the connection with AJJ. Both are the strong renegade type who have an unconventional approach to politics. And it appears that the Portuguese people are in love with these kind of strong, no messing, non compromising leaders.

    I will say it again however. Madeira is a small island and needs a strong leader.

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    Alberto João Jardim ~ Democratically elected by the good people of Madeira for the past 30 years.
    –Carlos

  7. An article from the Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Switzerland | Friday, May 4, 2007

    Madeira's populist ruler

    Portugal correspondent Thomas Fischer describes the Portuguese island of Madeira, where the populist Alberto João Jardim, in power for almost 30 years, has good chances to be reelected. "In terms of political longevity, Jardim is hard on the heels of Portugal's Prime Minister Salazar, who led a fascist dictatorship for 36 years, from 1932 to 1968. Even the democratically legitimized Jardim puts on authoritarian airs. Literally, the rest of Portugal sees a 'democratic deficit' on Madeira and in Jardim's failures against his opponents. He divides up his friends and enemies more or less into 'Madeirenses' and 'Cubanos'. But not unlike the former Bavarian ruler Strauss in Germany, Jardim is almost a father figure for his region, with well over a quarter million residents. Like Strauss, he often reads the riot act to his adversaries during the Carnival period – but not on Ash Wednesday; rather in costume, amidst the clowning. His public doesn't applaud, and even some supporters are left speechless."

  8. Well you can pull up articles all day long. Who writes them and what their political agenda is will go along way to the basis of their reporting.

    Like in the UK The Mirror won't say too many nice things about the Tories and likewise The Daily Mail about Labour.

    Our very own Diário de Notícias has it's own political bias which may well lean away from favourable reporting towards this government.

    It also happens to be the paper Der uses as his main source of political information.

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    Alberto João Jardim ~ Democratically elected by the good people of Madeira for the past 30 years.

    –Carlos

  9. bit stuck for choice to be honest Carlos, but at the end of the day whilst I agree a strong leader is essential, the style of government leaves a lot be be desired
    –Der

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