Ronaldo. Ferry latest. Agricultural School.

Ronaldo: Scoring ‘not the most important thing’

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal last night (Saturday) but says his personal accomplishments don’t matter in the face of helping his country qualifying for the World Cup. Ronaldo’s brace against Hungary at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon takes his tally to nine through five games of the qualifying campaign, two more than than other other European player. The 3–0 win still sees Portugal trail Group leaders Switzerland by three points, but strengthened their hold on second place, opening a five-point gap over Hungary.
Ronaldo also reached 70 career goals for Portugal, which moved him within one of Germany’s Miroslav Klose for third place among Europe’s all-time top international scorers.


For the first time Ronaldo will be able to represent his country in in his birthplace this Tuesday night (28th), in a friendly against Sweden at the Marítimo Stadium in Funchal. There are two types of ticket – both reasonably priced at €20 and €25, but it is not immediately clear whether these have sold out. The stadium in Barreiros has seen a lot of work recently and will host the national side’s first game on the island for 16 years.”To see Ronaldo playing at home is a gift that we have wanted to give to the people of Madeira for a long time,” the Portuguese Football Federation’s president Fernando Gomes explained.
Meanwhile there are reports of images of Ronaldo appearing at the airport ahead of the forthcoming renaming ceremony.

Ferry “not viable”

FerryThe Diario last week reported the Portuguese Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, has announced in the Assembly of the Republic that she does not intend to launch any “public procedure” for a ferry line between the mainland and Madeira, since it has information from the Regional Government and the ship owners that the service would not be feasible and the state can not finance the six million euros that would be required to balance the accounts.
At a hearing lasting for almost three hours at the Committee on Economy, Innovation and Public Works, attended by two Madeiran deputies, the minister said the everybody had told her the ferry was not viable, and that ship owners had requested €6 million of public compensation to secure the service, although she did acknowledge that the Regional Minister for the Economy, Eduardo Jesus, believed that it was possible to lower this subsidy to €2 million. Most interestingly the Minister commented that “one of the reasons why it is not financially feasible to make such a connection is because of the fees charged in the port system in Madeira, which are excessively high”. If the Regional Government are as committed to the re-introduction of the ferry why do they place obstacles in its way………….

Agricultural School inaugurated

Agricultural School

The Agricultural School of Madeira will be inaugurated by the President of the Regional Government on April 3. Located in São Vicente, the new building has been adapted from the previous Agrarian Training Centre building. The school is a key component of the Regional Government’s current program which include “the creation of an agricultural school that will provide the regional agricultural and agrifood sectors with qualified human resources……….and increase the quality and sustainability of the sector”. Although the school is based in São Vicente, classes and courses will be given in other locations according to demand.

CR7: latest effigy creates more controversy

The new effigy of Ronaldo is taking a bit of stick on social media and in the international press after the unveiling of the latest bust during the airport renaming ceremony this morning (Weds). One journalist commented ” For a very handsome man, Ronaldo has had some appalling luck with statue-makers”
In the UK the Telegraph reports: “Cristiano Ronaldo has helped unveil a new statue in his own honour, as the Aeroporto da Madeira was renamed after the island’s most famous son. What should have been a joyous celebration of a glittering career, though, has been sidetracked by criticism of the Portuguese star’s bronze likeness.  Questions have been asked as to whether the face actually resembles Ronaldo’s in any way, with other assessments of the sculptor’s handiwork ranging from “questionable” to “horrifying”.

“Ronaldo approved  Bronze”

According to Thursday’s Guardian, Emmanuel Santos, the Madeiran sculptor responsible for the increasingly controversial  bronze bust, had Ronaldo’s approval for his creation.

24 Responses to Ronaldo. Ferry latest. Agricultural School.

  1. James O'Sullivan Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:52 #

    Tickets sold out on the day they went on sale. Some are available on OLX but at three times face value.

  2. Mike Walsh Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 13:17 #

    A simple point/semi-question on port charges. I would have thought that these would have charged by the city of Funchal where the port is rather than by the Regional Government. If that’s the case there’s your explanation of why the Regional Government don’t lower the fees. Funchal too gets no doubt more money from the day tourists that are coming from the cruise ship that would otherwise be occupying that harbour location.

  3. Joe Lucas Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 20:59 #


    Cruise ships tend to stay in port for a much longer period of time then a roll on roll off ferry.

    The port fees are simply implemented as a strategy for the stranglehold on the import export monopoly controlled principally by the well known Souza brothers who control the container port in canical.

    The yes mean and women in the Madeiran parliament cow tow to the entrenched hierarchy to the detriment of the population who have no choice.

    It is disgusting that in this day and age, these protectionist policies are allowed to continue and the current president Miguel Albuquerque should be exposed for the spineless lying excuse that he is.

    The main roadblock seems to be port costs as they have always been in order to benefit those with businesses that are affected by freedom of choice. The people living on Madeira should demand that port costs be lowered in order to facilitate free movement of people and goods and not have their lives limited by the few.

  4. Dave Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 21:27 #

    Well said mike, I agree with all that you have said. This service should be there for the people of Funchal. Yes corruption once again with the monopoly on imports of goods, they would not like everyone bringing goods in cheaper undermining there profits.
    Funchal and mainland Portugal could reduce these port costs to provide this service to the people.

  5. Dave Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 22:35 #

    Hi, does anyone know of a man and van to move garden rubbish and old unwanted furniture. I am in Funchal.

  6. Debs Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:01 #


    We do indeed – he is currently pruning and taking away our Bougainvillea. Whereabouts in Funchal are you? Perhaps Admin could give you our email address – many thanks.

  7. Admin Monday, March 27, 2017 at 13:16 #

    OK – will put Dave and Debs in touch directly. Thanks Debs.

  8. Dave Monday, March 27, 2017 at 18:14 #

    Thanks Debs, for your reply. Dave

  9. Maurice Reed Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:10 #

    Advisory to Windows 10 users.

    At some point in April Microsoft will be sending out the so-called ‘Creators Update’ for Windows 10. Note that this is not just updates that you normally receive, but rather a complete new installation of Windows 10. It is possible to obtain this update earlier but I would advise waiting until the final version of it is sent out by Microsoft.

    I would advise that users make sure they backup all their documents and photos etc in advance, just in case. If you use a laptop make sure it is plugged into the mains to prevent it running out of power whilst the update/upgrade is in progress.

    If you google ’10 Creators update’ you can find out more about what is being changed and what enhancements there are.

  10. Mike Walsh Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 13:33 #

    On that Windows 10 Upgrade (don’t know relevance to Ronaldo as he has “only” 9 goals in qualification so far), Windows Weekly (Paul Thurrott) also said “wait for it until MS wants to give it to you” on the grounds that even when the final version is out, it might not work properly with exactly your configuration (but will work – he presumes – when MS tell you you are now getting it like it or not). He also notes that you can tell a Win 10 Pro version to postpone the upgrade but that you can’t do this with a Win 10 Home version.

  11. Davidd Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 20:48 #

    Typing this on Tuesday evening so won’t know how the international is working out. I remember the stadium prior to its current modernisation when I learned very early on to take a newspaper to sit on to avoid taking home a ton of distemper on my trousers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the annual visits I have watching Maritimo beat or draw with the top mainland sides and I am pleased for the Island that the authorities have authorised tonight’s match

  12. mauricereed Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 07:47 #

    The Madeira Regency Palace seems to be re-opening under the Pestana name on 1st May.

  13. neal Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 08:15 #

    Watching the game on TV last night I thought the stadium looked very good – gave Funchal a very modern image.

  14. Hughie U Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 08:25 #

    Is the Maritimo pitch artificial?

  15. Davidd Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 15:27 #

    No Hughie U – It is grass and now a lovely stadium in all respects. One of the things I like most is the fact that local supporters of mainland clubs mix and sit next to Maritimo supporters wearing their colours without a problem.

    The club I support in the UK will be playing Millwall in a couple of weeks and there will be separation and a heavy police present which is so sadand different from Madeira

  16. Admin Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 19:04 #

    Ronaldo update above.

  17. Hughie U Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 13:26 #

    That bronze is a joke. On all the TV Channels in the UK this morning. At least Ronaldo had the sense to laugh out-loud – but who commissioned it

  18. Davidd Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 19:34 #

    In respect of the Ronaldo bust perhaps there ought to be a competition about which looks less like him, this one or the statue outside his museum.

    I think the artist for that one is a Spanish lady who gave the classic ‘Emperors New Clothes’ answer of if you can’t appreciate the work then you do not understand art.

  19. jorge Friday, March 31, 2017 at 14:46 #

    I think it is a great work (the bust of CR7), and respect to the artist from Madeira, who created it, because as he explained on TV here that it is very difficult to create a smiling bust. He showed the main photo used to model his work, and it is not actually that different except for one slightly misplaced eye. You english guys wouldn´t like it of course because it reacreates that famous wink from the world cup when Rooney got sent off, albeit that was with the right eye if I recall correctly. CR7 has also said that he likes it. Who is a joke is those people who don´t show respect.

  20. Danny Friday, March 31, 2017 at 16:19 #

    Does anyone know where in the airport the bust is located? I’ll be flying into Funchal soon and would like to see it close up.

  21. jorge Friday, March 31, 2017 at 18:46 #

    I saw it at the entrance / exit of arrivals (chegadas)

  22. Davidd Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 17:05 #

    Jorge I am a fanatical English football supporter but I don’t know anyone who even recalls the ‘famous wink’ seriously and would therefore not have made the connection you make with the bust. I will not actually see the bust until we visit next year and can then judge how much it looks like him.
    As someone who has recognised, since the game he played for Sporting against Manchester United all those years ago, what an amazing talent he has in becoming the best player I have ever seen to suggest lack of respect is the joke.

  23. Mick Monday, April 3, 2017 at 20:24 #

    My Madeiran friends love CR but they now make jokes about the bust. A current one is the bust is the face Ronaldo made when he saw the bust. 🙂
    I came back just a few hours ago, had a lovely week.

  24. Alex Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:19 #

    I tend to agree with Joe Lucas, I remember reading a poster proclaiming that the new governor had promised that the Ferry was to be reinstated.
    Eventually I read that 6 or 7 shipping firms were quoting for the contract.
    This number of quotes went down month by month…….. it was a lost leader used to impress the new electorate.
    Madeira appears to have too many business people having too much influence on issues, particularly when it comes to enhancing the lives of its
    Citizens. (The silent majority ).

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