British cruise ship en-route to Funchal delayed in port after deadly lifeboat accident
Thomson Majesty: Photo: EPA/CARLOS ACIEGO
The luxury liner was due to set sail from the Canary Island of La Palma at 3pm last Sunday bound for Madeira but the departure was delayed following the death of five crew after the lifeboat they were checking plummeted 65 feet from the upper deck to the sea below
A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard a cruise ship in Spain’s Canary Islands fell about 65 feet into a port when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it and killing five of them. Divers raced to the lifeboat, which had hit the water upside down, recovering four bodies and trying without success to revive a fifth crewman who had stopped breathing, the authority said. Thomson Cruises confirmed the accident and the casualties aboard its Thomson Majesty ship at Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands.
The ship is carrying 1,498 passengers, most of whom are British, on a seven-day cruise around Spain’s Canary Islands with stops in Funchal, Madeira and Agadir, Morocco
On Tuesday passengers were preparing to fly home Tuesday after the holiday company cancelled the remainder of their voyage following the lifeboat accident. Disappointed British holidaymakers were offered a full refund and a discount on their next Thomson Cruise after their luxury liner was detained in port indefinitely on the Canary Island of La Palma pending the conclusion of an investigation into the accident
"Customers will be offered a full refund of the cost of the cruise element of their holiday. Travel plans have now been finalised and we will be repatriating customers today and tomorrow on specially arranged Thomson Airways flights” announced Thomson, who declined to estimate how much it would cost the company to fly the 1,498 passengers home and reimburse them in full. But with a seven-night cruise offered at around £600 per person the cost was likely to exceed £900,000.
Prossegur invests further in Madeira
The Diario reports that Prossegur will invest in Madeira by opening a new office and creating more jobs. The security branch plans to open the new branch from March 1st with a “larger space and greater visibility”.
The investment is justified by Prossegur “due to the increased demand for services in both the residential and the business. “The aim is also to meet new challenges in areas such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and other areas”. At this point Prossegur have about a hundred people working in different functional areas in Madeira.
Portugal’s economy shrinks more than expected
Europe online magazine reports that Portugal‘s gross domestic product contracted by 3.2 per cent in 2012, in statistics from INE reported Thursday. The drop was more than had been forecast.
The European Union and the International Monetary Fund, which have granted Portugal a bailout of 78 billion euros (101 billion dollars), had forecast a contraction of 3 per cent.
The recession deepened in the last quarter of 2012, when the economy shrank by 3.8 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Year-on-year, the drop was 1.8 per cent.
Portuguese media said the fourth quarter fall was the steepest in a decade. The INE attributed it largely to a reduction in the export of goods and services. This year, the government expects GDP to contract by about 1 per cent.
Portugal‘s unemployment rate meanwhile jumped to a record 16.9 per cent in the fourth quarter
Cristiano Ronaldo praised by Ferguson
Madeiran born Ronaldo, sold by Manchester United for a world record fee of 94 million euros in 2009, faced his old club for the first time in Wednesday’s last-16 first leg tie in the Champions League. Clearly he is one of the players not to have got on the wrong side of Sir Alex – not many opposing players get this treatment! This touching moment at the end of the game shows how much respect there is on both sides in this relationship
"Ronaldo is a better player than when he left us because of his maturity," Ferguson told a news conference at Real’s Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday. "He’s at the peak of his career now and the next three years will be the same. I never thought he’d ever get the amount of goals he’s scored. To score the goals he has scored is phenomenal."
Ronaldo, 28, has been in scintillating form since the turn of the year and warmed up for the United game with a hat-trick in a 4-1 destruction of Sevilla last Saturday, the 17th treble of his La Liga career. Of the 182 goals Ronaldo has scored during his time at Real Madrid, almost a third have arrived in threes. Twenty hat-tricks since summer 2009. Sixty goals. Whichever way you take those statistics apart and put them back together, they are simply remarkable as the Daily Mail commented.
And of course he scored THAT header against Man Utd on Wednesday night, although the tactical advantage is with the English team before the second leg due to their away goal. I guess he will get a warm reception at Old Trafford?
€100,000 charitable donation
CR7 often gets a bad rap for being vain or appearing to be selfish, but http://www.joe.ie reports that he’s shown that he’s got a charitable side with a donation of a cheque for €100,000 prior to last Wednesday’s game.
The money will go to a charity which looks after children in Afghanistan, a cause that we didn’t know Ronaldo had a particular interest in before tonight. However, it would seem that Ronaldo himself had quite a difficult childhood, so he seems to be doing his best to help some others have a better one than he did.
He also seemed to be pretty reticent about the publicity, simply giving the cheque and looking to head straight back down the tunnel, although that could have something to do with the massive game that was about to start!