Cruise ship fatal accident. Investment in Madeira, but a shrinking Portuguese economy. Ronaldo shows class – and his charitable side.

British cruise ship en-route to Funchal delayed in port after deadly lifeboat accident

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.

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?

Leap: Ronaldo out-jumps Patrice Evra to equalise for Real Madrid on the half-hour

€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!

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24 Responses to Cruise ship fatal accident. Investment in Madeira, but a shrinking Portuguese economy. Ronaldo shows class – and his charitable side.

  1. peter Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    from Dnoticas North Coast and mountainous areas with yellow warning

    Due to forecasts of heavy showers at times, the Portuguese Institute for Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA) put it, this Monday, and the north coast of Madeira Mountainous areas under yellow alert, the second less severe on a scale of four.

    The warning is in force between 10 and 16 hours on Monday.

    “Periods of cloudy. Showers, particularly in the areas north and between mid-morning and late afternoon, which may be snow in points
    higher on the island of Madeira. Possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. weak Wind to moderate (10 to 25 km / h) northwest, becoming moderate to strong (30 to 40 km / h) from the morning. In the highlands, the wind will be moderate to strong (30 to 45 km / h) northwest, becoming strong (40 to 55 km / h) gusting to 80 km / h from the late morning. descent Small maximum temperature “are predictions of IPMA.

    In Funchal, the temperatures will fluctuate between 15 º and 19 º minimum to maximum.

  2. peter Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    from dnoticias Photo exhibition on ’20 February ‘

    The Foundation J. Silverio Pires remembers the day February 20, 2010 with an exhibition of photography. This exhibition will be open between 20 and 23 February, the Art Gallery Foundation, on floors 1, 2 and 3 shows photographs of the authorship of the photographer Octavio Passos accompanied by texts of Grace Alves.

  3. peter Monday, February 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    from Dnoticias Debts force ‘Severe’ at Supermarket in Santo António Sá close due to ‘light court’
    Measure the EEM may reach other Group units Sá

    The accumulated debt of the Group Sa Electricity Company of Madeira (EEM) should be at the origin of the store closure and restoration cafeteria Severa, now ‘closed doors’ in the Santo António Sá Supermarket, after the suspension of electricity supply imposed by EEM. The commercial surface itself is not safe to also ‘get dark’.

  4. Vic Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Thomson Majesty in Funchal today

  5. Vic Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    what no comments on =Thomson /Jet2 flights failing to get into Madeira today and being diverted to Porto Santo for a while?

  6. Jon Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    T’was indeed a little breezy across the approach/Airport yesterday…for a while!
    I was busy elsewhere so couldn’t comment at the time……
    Much calmer and nicer today….spring!

  7. peter Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    from Dnoticias Snow fell shy in the highest points of the island of Madeira
    Bica da Cana was the point which recorded highest rainfall during the night and early morning

    Snow has been falling since the end timidly yesterday afternoon in the highest peaks of Madeira, above 1,600 meters of altitude. But most have melted during the morning.

    Some locals were lucky enough to see patches of thin white robe that reached to accumulate on the edge of the road, and also in depressions at the corners of the building of the Center for Preservation of Freira da Madeira, junto ao Pico do Areeiro in the late afternoon yesterday.

    Freira da Madeira, junto ao Pico do Areeiro

    This was the case of Basil Noronha and cousin yesterday for 18 hours, were in time to watch the snow fall. Although little was enough to draw a snowman to display on the car’s hood. “I could get to home,” says the DAILY.

    According Vítor Prior, Director of the Meteorological Observatory of Funchal, temperatures in the highest peaks of Madeira ranged between -1 and 1.3 degrees. The lowest temperature, recorded at the stations of observation network, occurred at midnight in Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra: 0.8 degrees.

    “Above the 1,600 meters and the last 200 meters of the Megrim must have fallen some snow but not much because the precipitation amount was not significant,” explains the director of the Observatory of Meteorology.

    Between 20 and 7 am, the frequency of precipitation that may have occurred in the form of snow was 3 mm in Areeiro still half of 6 mm recorded at Bica da Cana, Paul da Serr

  8. peter Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Car boot sale this Sunday in casino car park anyone interested.

  9. Dee Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Minor Earthquake Madeira Magnitude : 3.3

    Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

    GMT/UTC Time : 2013-02-19 14:04:28

    Depth (Hypocenter) : 80 km

  10. Debs Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Has anyone eaten at the Indian House in Funchal? It is just up from Colombo Square, next to the CD Nacional shop. We passed it and went in as the aroma emanating through the door was so enticing (unfortunately we had already eaten). The staff were vert courteous and the place was immaculately clean.

  11. Vic Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Dee ,where have you seen this reported then?

  12. Dee Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Earthquake details on earthquake-report dot com

  13. Vic Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    thanks Dee

  14. David Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    From a wretchedly cold Kent it is nice to see the translation from Dnoticias

    ‘Snow has been falling since end timidly’
    What a perfect description of light snow

  15. Dee Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Hi
    more info on ipma dot pt the portuguese metrological site all the latest earthquake activity in the area best to keep it in Portuguese rather than use English translate otherwise you need to register

  16. admin Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Exactly 3 years on since the tragedy and today’s Diário has the headline that reports on those that are still suffering after all this time, and the recuperation work not yet started / completed. Families still in hardship while funds continue to pour into the Jornal da Madeira. What a disgrace!

  17. Anneke Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I agree, what are they doing with all that money?

  18. Tobi Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Hi Debs,

    I will be visiting the Indian soon. I have heard its very good.

    Yes Der disgusting all the money they have had, and still people without.

  19. Debs Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Thanks Tobi, please let us know – I am not particularly keen on Indian food but I would definitely try it as it smelt wonderful. We would certainly recommend it if we had some feedback and it would be a shame if good places closed because of lack of custom.

  20. google translate Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    from Dnoticias Archipelago under orange alert due to rough seas

    The Portuguese Institute for Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA) today put six districts of mainland Portugal and the north coast of Madeira under orange alert due to the forecast of strong sea waves.

    The districts of Coimbra, Leiria, Lisbon, Setúbal, Faro and Beja and the northern coast of Madeira will be under notice orange (between 18 pm Friday and Saturday 5:59 a.m.) due to the forecast of strong sea waves with wave between five and seven meters.

    According to the Internet site of IPMA, these six districts will also be under yellow warning (between 12 pm today and 23:59 on Friday) due to the forecast of showers, which may sometimes be accompanied by thunder and strong and strong wind.

    Under yellow warning are also the districts of Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco and Evora due to the forecast of showers which could be heavy at times, hail and thunderstorms, high wind and falling snow above 1400 meters lowering the quota to one thousand meters.

    The yellow warning for these districts will be in effect until 23:59 on Friday.

    The IPMA reports on its website that the Azores will be in orange and yellow warning between 7 am and 22h59 today.

    Under the groups are warning Central Orange (S. Jorge, Terceira, Graciosa, Pico and Faial) and West (Flores and Corvo) because of the forecast of rough seas with waves as high as eight meters.

    Throughout the archipelago will be under yellow warning today due to the forecast of showers and occasionally strong westerly wind.

    According to the IPMA, warning orange, the second most severe on a scale of four, corresponds to “weather situation of moderate to high risk” while the yellow (third worst on a scale of four) means “risk for certain activities dependent weather situation. ”

    The IPMA said on Tuesday that Portugal will be affected by a cold polar air mass, which will cause a sharp low temperatures between Saturday and Wednesday.

    To date, the IPMA provides for continental Portugal cloudy, with open from the afternoon periods of rain, passing showers which may sometimes be accompanied by thunder and strong, snowfall in the highest points of the Serra da Estrela downloading the quota for the 1,400 meters, Wind, being strong on the coast and small rise in maximum temperature.

    In the archipelago of Madeira is expected today to cloudy weather and light wind while in the Azores archipelago is predicted strong winds and downpours.

    Regarding maximum temperatures, providing up to 17 degrees Celsius Lisbon and Faro, Porto 15 for, 17 in Ponta Delgada, 16 in Angra do Heroismo and 15 in Santa Cruz das Flores and 21 in Funchal.

  21. Jon Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Philanthropy . CR 7′s charitable side…..born in humble surroundings (5th Feb 1985) in Santo Antonio, Funchal. His Mother was a cook and Ronaldo’s father, José Dinis Aveiro, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition in September 2005 at age 52 when Ronaldo was 20….Ronaldo does not drink alcohol.

    Television footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed an eight-year-old boy wearing a No. 7 Portuguese football jersey who was stranded for 19 days after his family was killed. Following this, Ronaldo visited Aceh, Indonesia, to raise funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

    In 2009, Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital that saved his mother’s life in Madeira following her battle with cancer, so that they could build a cancer centre in his native island Madeira.

    In support of the victims of the 2010 Madeira flood, Ronaldo pledged to play in a charity match in Madeira between the Primeira Liga club FC Porto and players from Madeiran based clubs Marítimo and Nacional.

    In November 2011, Ronaldo donated a pair of his football boots to be auctioned by Real Madrid’s ‘Clasico’ network. They were sold for £2050 with the proceeds going to fund schools in Gaza, Palestine.

    In May 2012, Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, decided to fund a pioneering treatment for a nine-year-old boy when it seemed that there was no hope left for the child, who has been battling cancer since before his second birthday….

    Oh and he dosen’t “dive” – he is targeted more and harder than other Players!

    Thanks to Wikipedia..”.”
    Thanks to

  22. google translate Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    from Dnoticias New law bans sale of alcohol between midnight and 8 hours in some locations

    The new alcohol law, approved by the Government today, bet on strengthening supervision establishments consumption and prohibits their sale between 00:00 and 8 hours in some places, like gas pumps.

    In a press conference at the end of the Council of Ministers, the Secretary of State’s Health Minister Fernando Leal da Costa, said: “The sale of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited between 00:00 and 8 hours away from business food and beverage and located at airports and ports accessibility reserved for passengers, as well as nightlife venues. ”

    “With this move which is clearly defined in the universe that can happen territorial consumption of alcoholic beverages during the night,” said Secretary of State, stressing that it will pass also being forbidden to sell alcohol at petrol pumps of highways and outside locations.

    Leal da Costa said that this law aims as a public health measure, “put barriers to the consumption of alcohol by adolescents” by raising the minimum age and ban its sale in certain locations.

    The new law introduces the differentiation of age limits, rising to 18 the minimum age for the sale and consumption of spirits.

    For wine and beer, the minimum age for the sale and consumption remains at 16 years.

    Both Leal da Costa, as Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Marques Guedes, refused, at the press conference that the government is giving in to industry pressures beer and wine to establish this differentiation.

    The Secretary of State’s Health Minister stressed that with this measure the Government is “to eliminate 50% alcohol consumption in young and significantly decrease the likelihood of intoxication,” according to statistical knowledge.

    Leal da Costa also noted that the new legislation will strengthen surveillance at points of sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, this measure corresponds to “a very effective way to deter offenders and establishments selling alcohol to minors.”

    “With the diploma will be much more effective exercise of deterrents for offenders, by providing for the temporary closure of the establishment when the law is violated,” he maintained.

    Besides the fines is expected to set penalties for establishments such as immediate termination in cases of flagrante delicto or banning the activity for a period up to two years.

    The secretary of state also said that the Government does not intend to punish or penalize behavior before the Government intends to gradually put barriers to the consumption of alcohol by adolescents, especially those under 16 years.

    Leal da Costa said that the Authority for Food and Economic Safety (ASAE) and the security forces will go “to make a more frequent monitoring, and consequent continuing these processes in order to eliminate some of these sources of risk.”

    At the press conference, Marques Guedes also said that the new legislation will “undertake their own families,” but mandatory in cases of detection by authorities supervision of youth at alcohol intoxication, the notification to the lowest responsible.

  23. peter Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    from dnoticias Hiper Sá de Santo António has also closed

    Besides the Super Sa Seminary, also on Wednesday, and as the DAILY already advanced in yesterday as a strong possibility, also closed the Hiper Sá de Santo António.

    The large surface Madalenas also located in the commercial ‘closed doors’ yesterday, late morning. It was confirmed just a ‘threat’ that the ‘light court’, that two days before already forced the closure of the restaurant space and cafeteria Severa, in this same space, until Wednesday would reach the area of ​​the ‘hyper’. Said and done. The Electricity Company of Madeira (EEM) has suspended the same power supply, ‘setenciando’ a ‘death to the much-heralded’.

    In fact, everything indicates that the successive closures that have been taking place this week in shops and commercial spaces Group Sa, are all related to the ‘blackout’ imposed by EEM, after it has given an ultimatum to corporate group Madeiran accounts with catastrophic debt to Electricity Madeira.

    These two recent closures of areas of retail, notes the peculiarity of having occurred in establishments located in the city of Funchal. A central area in the middle of ‘capital’ (Sa Seminary) and another in the most populous parish (Sá de Santo António) of what is the largest municipality in the Region.

    With more these closures, thickens so the list of establishments in this emblem that ceases its business.

    In this ‘list’, which seems unstoppable now include three ‘hypers’ from ‘closed doors’ to the public. The Strait of Câmara de Lobos and Machico, closed since the last quarter of last year, joining the now hyper Madalenas, in San Antonio. Besides these three major surfaces, also sum up the Super Sa Seminar, which was incidentally one of the most emblematic establishments Madeiran business group, and even the closure of the supermarket Sa Garajau in Canico.

    Before the closures of establishments succeed ‘Sa’, and given the reality that looms over this chain enterprise, it is expected that other spaces not resist keeping the doors open.

  24. MartinPN Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Article on BBC news which says that the insect repellent Deet appears to be losing its effectiveness against mosquitoes.

    The research was carried out on Aedes aegypti, which is the species of mosquito that spreads dengue and yellow fever, and was the cause of the dengue outbreak in Madeira last year.

    www [dot] bbc [dot] co [dot] uk/news/science-environment-21519998

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