The first species extinction in Europe

Source : The Times Newspaper (UK) November 3, 2007

Man drives butterfly into extinction and it could be bad news for us too

The Madeiran large white has been declared the first butterfly in Europe to be driven into extinction as a result of the impact of mankind.

Conservationists have spent 15 years combing its home territory but have been unable to find it and the butterfly was declared extinct ..................read more

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Your Chance Of Fame & Fortune

Anyone want to be famous?   We are filming ‘Wish You Were Here’ in Madeira from 25th-27th November (2007) and are looking for people who went on holiday there and loved it so much that they decided to move there. If you fit this description, or know someone who does, could you email me (Deborah) on deborah.mccarthy@talkbackthames.tv or call me on 0044 207 8618350.

http://www.madeira4u.com

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Madeira Condemned!

Source : Nagional Geographic Magazine Nov / Dec 2007

National Geographic Magazine is a prestigious publication (you know, the one that you always find in the dentists waiting room) and when they publish something, then it is normal to give it plenty of credibility.

They have done an analysis of the world’s top islands, using 522 experts to rank and score many different factors, and come up ..................read more

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Big Brother arrives on Madeira

Source : Diário de Notícias 2/11/2007

Later this month there will be a new access control system for the employees and associates of the council of Santa Cruz through fingerprinting.

Efficient maybe, cost effective … probably, secure … certainly! But this is Madeira … couldn’t someone help the starving instead (see blog below).

After an evaluation phase, this technology is ..................read more

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Plight of the starving

Source : Diário de Notícias 2/11/2007

The editorial page of the D de N talks about the number of people in Funchal lacking sufficient food, and the effect this has on the individuals and society, and the issue of poverty generally within the region.

I don’t go to Funchal too often if I can help it, but when I do it’s a sad sight to see old women or anybody else on the streets, either ..................read more

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The Big Madeira Rip-Off !

The big Madeira rip-off culture for foreigners and tourists is still alive and well I see, as having gone several months with nothing of note (partly because I choose carefully where I go and who I trust), the sting was definately on me … or was I totally mistaken?

Before I go any further with this, it is important to say that I am not labelling every business on the island as racist and ..................read more

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Who's got all the money then?

Source Diário de Notícias 1/11/2007

It won’t come as any great surprise that the good people of Funchal pay more tax per person (or family) than any other region of Madeira. €2,205 euros is the average tax bill in Funchal, which puts it in the top 10 in Portugal, where the national average is €1,753, and the highest average is for Lisbon at €4,540.

49,119 tax bills were ..................read more

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