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.
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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