Carnaval da Madeira 2012 started; FULL CARNIVAL PROGRAMME; Film: Madeira’s beauty; Carnival History; Troika’s assessments of Portugal encouraging;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Film: Madeira’s beauty:

Madeira Newstories from Madeira’s Diario de Noticias includes:

Festa dos Compadres, Santana kicks of the 2012 Carnivals


Photogallery: http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/fotoreportagem/307397-festa-dos-compadres-em-santana

Contributions from Peter, thanks Peter:

another cruise liner departs from Funchal last Sunday? and returns shortly afterwards?. Perhaps another seriuosly ill passenger..there was an ambulance on the quay.

Thanks for the photos of the cruise liner. Sorry, generally I am good technically, but do not post photos not on websites because of the time it takes. I have to save them, post them in another place and post them again.

From Paul:

‘THE “ZODIAC SIGNS” BRIGHTEN UP MADEIRA’S CARNIVAL’

From Tourism Official website

15th to the 22nd of February

“As usual, Madeira’s Carnival gathers once again, this year, thousands of people, residents and visitors at Funchal’s downtown.
In an atmosphere of great entertainment and fun, the festivities go out to the streets with an inherent joyful contagious spirit, turning this into one of the most important touristic events for Madeira destination.

Over these days, the sound of brass bands and carnival marches performed around Funchal’s downtown, steadily and permanently, will give the required motto to generate, once again, this season’s revelry atmosphere. From the festivities programme stands out on February 18th the Carnival Parade, which will lighten up and paint? the waterfront avenue (from Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses to Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro).

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1,000 participants – eight groups of floats

In control, there will be over a thousand participants taking part of eight float groups, giving justice to the motto “The Zodiac Signs”. The Carnival ball, in charge of the parades’ groups, which will take place for the first time at Praça do Mar; on Shrove Tuesday, February 21st, takes place the Slapstick Parade, where humour and social satire play a key role in the festivity; Children’s Carnival at Avenida Arriaga; and the Solidary Carnival that culminates with a musical show at the Municipal Garden’s Auditorium, both on the 17th.”

FULL CARNIVAL PROGRAMME from Tourism official site: February 11th to 12th

“Compadres Feast”, organized by Santana Municipality and Terra Cidade, E.E.M. – Santana

February 15th, Wednesday

Beginning of Carnival background music, holiday lights and decorations in downtown Funchal area
2 pm – 7pm – Santo Antonio Philharmonic Band
2.30 pm – 6.30 pm – Carnival entertainment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the Escola Profissional Atlântico
students (EPA)
4pm – Revelry by EPA students and Santo António Philharmonic band
6pm – Official opening of the exhibit: “Geringonça in Madeira Carnival” – at the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transports (SRT) – Infoarte gallery
6.30pm – 7pm – Performance by “Unidos pelo Samba Group” – (UPS) – Avenida Arriaga in the main central square in front of SRT –
Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transports

February 16th, Thursday

2pm – 7pm – Funchal Municipal Band
2.30 pm – 6.30 pm – Carnival entertainment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the Escola Profissional Atlântico
students
4 pm – Entertainment by EPA students and Funchal Municipal Band

February 17th, Friday

10am – 3pm – Funchal Municipal Band
10.30 am – 12.00 pm – Children’s Carnival Party – Central Square of Avenida Arriaga, featuring Escola Profissional Atlântico
students
2pm – 7pm – Santo Antonio Philharmonic Band
2.30 pm – 5.30 pm – “Carnival of Solidarity” organised by Funchal’s Community Development Association:
– Parade in the Central Squares of Avenida Arriaga
– Revelry at the Municipal Garden
3.30 pm – 6.30 pm – Carnival entertainment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the EPA students

February 18th, Saturday

10 am – 2 pm – Entertaiment in Avenida Arriaga in the main central squares by the Escola Profissional Atlântico students
11.30 am – Entertainment by EPA students and “Unidos pelo Samba Group” – (UPS)
3pm – 8pm – Santo Antonio Philharmonic Band
3.30 pm – 6.30 pm – Entertaiment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the Escola Profissional Atlântico students
4.30 pm – Carlos Aveiro Puppet Show – Avenida Arriaga – in front of Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transports (SRT)
9 pm – Carnival Float Parade
Itinerary: Starting at Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses (southbound lane), Francisco Sá Carneiro roundabout,
Francisco Sá Carneiro Avenue (southbound lane) as far Funchal´s Port roundabout
Themes of the groups taking part in the Float Parade:
– “ God´s Feast” – João Egídio Rodrigues
– “ Aquarium Fish” – Escola de Samba Caneca Furada
– “Zodiac commemorates Geringonça 25th Anniversary “ – Associação de Animação Geringonça
– “Poetry Madness, Cancer vs. Gemini, tribute to Amália vs. António Mourão “ – Associação Fura Samba
– “Virgo vs. Leo Zodiac signs“ – Escola de Samba – Os Cariocas
– “Libra and Scorpio “ – Fábrica de Sonhos
– “Sagittarius and Capricorn” – Veteranos da Folia
– “Nature´s four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water” – Turma do Funil
10 pm – Carnival Music Show by Madeira Light Orchestra – Praça do Mar

February 19th, Sunday

2pm-7pm – Performance by Funchal Municipal Band
2 pm – 6pm – Carnival entertainment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the Escola Profissional Atlântico students
and Funchal Municipal Band
4.30 pm – Carlos Aveiro Puppet Show –Avenida Arriaga in front of SRT
9pm-11pm – Carnaval in the Avenue – Performance by:
– Escola de Samba Caneca Furada– Central Square Avenida Arriaga in front of SRT
February 20th, Monday
10am – 12.30 pm – Entertainment by Escola Profissional Atlântico students and Funchal Municipal Band
10am– 3pm – Performance by Funchal Municipal Band
3pm – 8pm – Performance by Santo António Philharmonic band
3.30pm – 6.30pm – Carnival entertainment in the main central squares of Avenida Arriaga by the Students of EPA
4.30 pm – Carlos Aveiro Puppet Show –Avenida Arriaga in front of SRT
9.00 pm – 11.00 pm – Carnaval in the Avenue – Performance by:
– Associaçao Fura Samba – Central Square Avenida Arriaga in front of SRT

February 21st, Tuesday

4.00 pm – Slapstick Parade, open to all.
Itinerary: Starting at Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses (southbound lane), Francisco Sá Carneiro roundabout,
Francisco Sá Carneiro Avenue (southbound lane) til Praça do Mar
4.30 pm – Carnival Music Show by Madeira Light Orchestra – Praça do Mar

History of the Carnival

“The Carnival was a foolish game of running around, which included water, flour, eggs and tomatoes battles that appeared before the serpentine battles?”

“In Funchal there was a particularly lively area on Shrove Tuesday, where all this running took place: it was located right on the city’s heart, in a road section at Rua da Carreira between Largo da Igrejinha and Rua de São Francisco, spreading sometimes all the way to Travessa do Freitas.
The revelry lasted three hours and those who dared crossing this zone upon that period of time were subjected to the Carnival rules… not even the police officers escaped those “attacks”!This entire atmosphere was lived intensely and the parade, which started at 2 o’clock, was always looked for in great expectation. The pranks, the masked people and open top old cars parade, the crowd on the sidewalks, balconies and windows, brought colour, joy and excitement to this entertaining carnival frame.
This tradition was discontinued in the end of the 40’s of the 20th century…”

Troika’s assessments of Portugal encouraging

“From Expresso Newspaper
«Troika’s assessments of Portugal are encouraging», wrote weekly newspaper Expresso in its Saturday edition, quoting the German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble on Portugal’s bailout implementation. Schäuble told reports in Brussels the adjustment of the country was “inevitable”, but will end up being “fruitful”.”

From Portugal Daily View: http://www.portugaldailyview.com/

All images from the Diario unless otherwise stated

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  1. from Dnoticia Moody’s rating has fallen to six countries including Portugal….Moody’s downgraded on Monday the ‘rating’ of six European countries, including Portugal, and threatens to cut the triple-France, Britain and Austria, whereas those exposed to “financial risk and macroeconomic growing emanating from the euro area “.

    In a statement released Monday, Moody’s shows that the ‘ratings’ of Portugal and Italy were cut to a level to A3 and Ba3, respectively, and of Spain in two levels to A3.

    In the case of Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta, the agency lowered the grades given at a level: for the first two cases A2 and A3 in the case of Malta.

    Moody’s notes that the prospects remain negative for these six countries, due to “continued uncertainty about the financing conditions in the coming quarters and the corresponding impact on credit.”

    As for the three countries whose highest grade is now threatened – France, Britain and Austria – Moody’s also changed the outlook to negative territory on the grounds that these “perspectives reflect the presence of a number of pressures specific credit that will exacerbate the susceptibility of trade balances of these countries and their austerity programs in progress. ”

    In Portugal, the agency maintains negative outlook of the ‘rating’ debt reflecting “the potential for a further decline in economic conditions and funding as a result of deterioration of the debt crisis in the euro area.”

    “Moody’s expects that the Portuguese economy will contract by more than three per cent [of gross domestic product – GDP] in 2012, taking into account the risks of the region, including the impact of deleveraging underway in the private financial sector and the immediate impact of the measures Government austerity, “reads the note from Moody’s.

    The agency predicts that unemployment remains high, shrinking domestic demand and external trade of Portugal will slow this year, which will undermine exports, “the only engine of GDP growth since the recession of 2009.”

    However, the agency says, there are also reasons for the cut of the ‘rating’ of Portugal has been limited to one level. “Firstly, the government’s success in meeting budgetary targets” set by international creditors (IMF, IMF and European Union, EU) points.

    “The second reason (…) is Moody’s expectation that the Portuguese Government will achieve a correction of the structural balance in 2011 equivalent to about four percent of GDP, the IMF considered to be the biggest adjustment in Europe 2011, “also refers to the agency.

    Also the fact that the Executive be “design and implement an additional set of reforms intended to boost the potential growth rate of the economy” was a reason for that Moody’s does not cut the ‘rating’ of Portugal on more levels. “The Portuguese Government, unlike Greece, has managed to secure the cooperation of a large segment of the workforce for these reforms,” ​​he believes.

  2. Vic Yes I agree. Why did not the Governments do their job as well. Think they should look up the word Govern. They are good at blaming others, they more like sheep, then politicians.

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