Welcome to Democracy, Welcome to Europe ….. !

Pushing aside all the other exciting news of the day, I spotted this letter in the newspaper, and thought it was worth sharing. The letter is fairly emotional (just count the !!!!s), so whilst I can’t guarantee an exact translation in terms of sentiment, so you should get a fairly accurate gist.

“Bullshit”

(readers letter in the Diário de Notícias 10/11/2007)

In this sad country you ............  ...read more

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New Smoking Law Comes Into Force Soon

Source : Diário de Notícias 9/11/2007

With less than 2 months to go until the new smoking laws come into effect (1st January 2008), there seems to be some relaxation in the original proposals.

What appeared originally to be a total smoking ban in bars, cafés and restaurants, unless they had premises in excess of 100 square meters, has now reappeared as the following:

– The premises with public ............  ...read more

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Bathroom Snippets Of The Day

Source : Diário de Notícias 8/11/2007

Around a quarter of the Portugueses do not wash their hands before eating and after going to the bathroom or having contact with animals, according to an international study presented yesterday, together with a hygiene improvement campaign. 

In the survey, which took place in eleven countries, the study of the Hygiene Council reveals that “45 percent ............  ...read more

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Tax Cuts? Who are the winners and losers?

Source : Diário de Notícias 7/11/2007

Forty thousand+ Madeirans (and resident foreigners hopefully) are going to pay less tax in 2008.

The budgets for 2008, that are due to be presented in the Regional Assembly in December, should bring a little extra christmas cheers for those on the lower tax bands.

If all goes to plan, those on the minimum wage (earnings up to €4,639 per annum) will see the ............  ...read more

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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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