Hospital name change reversed
The Diario today reports today that the decision to rename parts of the Dr Nelio Mendonca hospital – the main medical facility on the island – has been reversed. Just as the original name change caught workers and visitors by surprise, the latest episode came out of the blue when the name ‘Central Hospital of Funchal’ disappeared from the main entrance overnight. The board of the hospital recently resigned and a number of their decisions have been reversed. Still a lot of construction work going on there.
The Diario also reports that the Câmara Municipal de Machico has been forced to delay work on the facilities at the popular Miradouro do Pico do Facho. The improvements to the popular viewing point have apparently lost out due to an administrative error that has meant funds having to be diverted to pay for biologists at the Whaling Museum in Canical whose contracts were not terminated correctly.
National win local derby
National have the local bragging rights after beating Marítimo on penalties after extra time in the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal a couple of nights ago at Estádio dos Barreiros.
Pleased to see that the Trip Advisor forum picked up on the good news reported here in December that the organisations promoting tourists being photographed posing with birds of prey have been banned from the streets of Funchal. However, as the comments came in it became clear that the practice had not been stopped completely, as a few contributors reported that some operators were still in business. If anybody notices these would they be kind enough to take a photo and contact the blog (form at the bottom of the page).
Dreadful few days in Paris. Matt sums it all up in the Telegraph: