The strong wind yesterday afternoon prevented the landing of three flights at Madeira Airport. Two planes from Paris and one from Katowice were diverted to Porto Santo and waited for weather conditions to improve before returning. Porto Santo copes well with just a few aircraft due to the limited capacity. A TAP flight from Lisbon and that should have landed at 17:05 returned to its origin.
The Regional Government of Madeira yesterday awarded nearly €60,000 to four events during the month of July in the parishes of Porto Moniz, Santana, Ponta do Sol and Paul do Mar. The support is given annually, in line with a policy of incentives to stimulate local economies. Paul do Mar, in the west of the island, received €7,500 to finance the XIII Lapas Festival, whilst Ponta do Sol, was awarded €16,300 to organise the XVII Regional Banana Show. Santana received €27,000 for the XXXIII Regional Festival of Folklore (this weekend – 8th/9th – program here) and finally Porto Moniz was given €9,000 towards its 62nd Agricultural and Livestock Fair, which took place last weekend.
Regata de Canoas
This weekend (9th July) Funchal bay hosts the annual Regatta of Traditional Madeiran Canoes (fishing boats), an event organized by Funchal’s Town Hall and the Madeira Regional Canoeing Association, in collaboration with the Madeira Sports for All Association.
This race (12.00) has a 2.5km route, starting and finishing at the dock of Funchal, goes all the way to the beach of Barreirinha, in the city’s Old Town.
Golden Gate (continued)…………….
The Diario reports that the famous ‘corner of the world’ has begun “a new phase that seems …. to be prosperous” – a word that could be applied to the clientele judging by the comments posted about the pricing. On the third day open to the public, the Golden Gate Grand Café has traffic “within expectations,” says director José Fernandes, who highlights the satisfaction of customers when they encounter the ‘new’ space. “People did not expect to find something like that, they were very surprised,” he says (photos from Skyscrapercity).
The Golden Gate employs around 70 staff, working over two floors and the terrace outside, which is slightly larger than before. The top floor is a restaurant as previously. Employees are Madeiran, Portuguese-Venezuelans, plus two from Mauritius. He added “We give everyone the opportunity, provided they have a good training and can speak several languages”,