Following up on the previous post about the trial of the arsonist charged with setting the fires that caused so much damage last August. The Diario reported on Thursday that he had been sentenced to 14 years in prison for crimes of “gross negligent homicide and causing aggravated forest fire”. 24-year-old Paulo Gonçalves has remained silent throughout the trial which began at the end of May. Judgement had been delayed due to a prison officers strike meaning that he could not be transported to the court.
A tourist who was walking the path that connects Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo suffered a fall yesterday afternoon. The Santana Volunteer Firefighters attended to provide first aid, immobilize the victim and transport them for treatment. Not an unusual tale, unfortunately, but a good excuse to use a great photo!
Fridays Diario featured the growing controversy over the huge scale of the new Savoy, which has been featured and commented upon here many times over the last few months. The Municipality of Funchal is being asked to ensure that there will be no increase in the construction area of the Savoy Hotel. The Regional Secretariat of Tourism would have the responsibility for increasing the number of rooms planned. The plans have already been modified during construction.
Machico to create new tourist trail?
The PSD-Madeira candidate for Machico Council wants to create a tourist route based on the production of cider in Santo António da Serra. He believes the initiative will take more tourists to Santo da Serra and with that boost production, commerce and local economy.
Social Democrat Ricardo Sousa stressed that this is a way to involve farmers and promote tourism , through a local identity related to the production of cider, and to counteract the lack of investment of the current local executive in this sector in particular and in the parish in general. Santo da Serra hosts the annual Apple Cider Festival
Second BA strike
British Airways staff have announced two more weeks of strikes. Around one fifth of the airline’s cabin crew are in the middle of a 16-day walk-out, which ends on July 16. Unite, the union, has now said that industrial action will resume on July 19, after just two days back at work, and continue until August 1.