International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Madeira Carnival Week 2012 Finale: ‘Cortejo Trapalhão’
Some of the best moments from ‘the Cortejo Trapalhão’ in Funchal last Tuesday afternoon. One of the main processions of Madeira’s Carnival Week. One of the many films posted on Youtube:
Portugal’s bailout: implementation “on track”
From Portugal Daily View : http://www.portugaldailyview.com/:
“Representatives of the so-called troika of international lenders said the
implementation of Portugal’s bailout is “on track”, according to the members
of the parliamentary committee which is monitoring the troika’s measures
after a meeting held Tuesday, 22 February…”
European Windsurfing Championships Madeira: RS:X 2012
Programa / Programme 23 Fevereiro / 23 February
POSTO NÁUTICO DE SÃO LÁZARO / SÃO LÁZARO WATER-SPORTS CENTER
09h00 -18h00 – Registo e verificação do equipamento / Registration & Equipment Check
12h00 – Regata de Treino / Practice Race
16h30 – Reunião de treinadores / Coaches Meeting
TEATRO MUNICIPAL BALTAZAR DIAS
18h30 – Cerimonia de Abertura / Opening Ceremony
Actuação Ensemble de Percussão do Gabinete Coordenador de Educação Artística e Madeira de Honra
Percussion Ensemble, performed by The Office Coordinator for Arts Education, and Welcome Madeira Wine drink
Canyoning in Madeira
Sports in Madeira include Canyoning.
“Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming.
Although hiking down a canyon that is non-technical (canyon hiking) is often referred to as canyoneering, the terms canyoning and canyoneering are more often associated with technical descents — those that require abseils (rappels) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.
Canyoning is frequently done in remote and rugged settings and often requires navigational, route-finding and other wilderness travel skills.
Canyons that are ideal for canyoning are often cut into the bedrock stone, forming narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes spectacular waterfalls. Most canyons are cut into limestone, sandstone, granite or basalt, though other rock types are found. Canyons can be very easy or extremely difficult, though emphasis in the sport is usually on aesthetics and fun rather than pure difficulty. A wide variety of canyoning routes are found throughout the world, and canyoning is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
Canyoning gear includes climbing hardware, static ropes, helmets, wetsuits, and specially designed shoes, packs, and rope bags. While canyoners have used and adapted climbing, hiking, and river running gear for years, more and more specialized gear is invented and manufactured as canyoning popularity increases.”
All images from Diario de Noticias or official Facebook pages of Madeira Tourism unless otherwise stated