Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Portugal’s 2012 Budget
The Portuguese press on Tuesday is still focussing on the 2012 state budget.
Detail on Portugal Daily review:
Benfica “Gold rush”
‘A Bola’- the daily national Sports Newspaper writes
“Gold rush” about this Tuesday’s match between Benfica and Basel. The newspaper says that Benfica is determined to win in order to head its group and earn €11m.
Marco Freitas: European Table Tennis Champion
Madeiran Table Tennis Professional Marcos Freitas and the Croatian Andrej Gacna are the winners of the Men’s Doubles in the European Championships 2011. Last Saturday 15th October they beat in the final the pair from Russia Alexander Shibaev and Kirill Skachkov 4:0 in Gdansk, Poland.
Marcos Freitas/Andrej Gacina vs. Alexander Shibaev/Kirill SSkachkov 4:0 (11-3, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10)
This was the the second medal for Portugal in these European Championships, after Marco won the bronze medal in the team event. The Portuguese Team was Marco Freitas along with Tiago Apolónia and João Monteiro.
Cleaner and better transport in Funchal
CIVITAS FORUM CONFERENCE 2011: 17-19 October, 2011
“The CIVITAS Forum 2011 will balance an exchange of dialogue and views between city and European politicians on the one hand, and experts in the field of urban mobility on the other.
The conference will be the 9th such annual event, following fora previously hosted in various quarters of Europe including Malmö, Krakow, Bologna, Kaunas, Burgos, Nantes, Rotterdam and Graz since the series started in 2003. The CIVITAS Forum Network currently includes 205 cities from 31 European countries, that have formally committed to clean and sustainable urban transport..”
“The city of Funchal is both an unusual and ideal location for the Forum, thanks to its specific geographical characteristics as one of the European Union’s outermost regions. Located 800km west of the coast of Morocco in the North Atlantic Ocean, it is deemed one of the most beautiful natural amphitheatres of the world. It thrives as a major tourist town yet is significantly challenged in offering viable transport solutions because of its hilly terrain…”
The City of Funchal looks forward to welcoming participants of the Forum Conference and demonstrating and discussing its own and others’ successes in the field of urban transport policy.
The CIVITAS Initiative
“The CIVITAS Initiative (“City-Vitality-Sustainability”, or “Cleaner and Better Transport in Cities”) was launched in 2002. Its fundamental aim is to support cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. The goal of CIVITAS is to achieve a significant shift in the modal split towards sustainable transport, an objective reached through encouraging both innovative technology and policy-based strategies.”
For more information on the Conference including documents and the draft agenda see the official site:
Madeira flights News
Q&A on Independent Newspaper site:
Q: Why do Madeira flights require an early check-in?
The Answer includes:
The most convenient outbound option is TAP Portugal’s daily early afternoon departure from Gatwick to Funchal (pictured above). Coming home, there is an equally appealing noon take-off from the island, arriving mid-afternoon at Gatwick. The timings are perfect for connecting journeys.
October: TAP Portugal EARLY daily flights from London Heathrow
From the end of October, TAP Portugal will still have daily flights from London – but from Heathrow, at uncomfortable times. The outbound departure is one of the first of the day, at 6.40am, and the inbound one of the last of the day, at 10.05pm.
EasyJet continues to fly from Gatwick early
While easyJet continues to fly from Gatwick, its four departures a week each take off at 8.05am or earlier, again way too early for connections.
The other option is to fly via Lisbon or Oporto, but it makes the journey slow and expensive.