Government assists fire-affected bee-keepers. “False” emergency admissions plummet after hospital fees introduced. Presidents AJJ’s economic gloom. New harbour costs rise!

A few interesting snippets during the last few days – thanks to Peter as usual for keeping me on the ball. Firstly some good news on the back of the fires

The Diario relates that Government will help beekeepers whose colonies of hives were affected by last month’s fires.

According to Manuel Antonio Correia the parliamentary commissioner that assessed the recent fires, the Executive will use extracts left in the old sugar factory “fábrica das moscas” in Camacha and turn it into syrup and provide it free of charge to beekeepers. This should compensate for the lack of flowers / pollen around the hives -some burned areas were important feeding areas for bees.

Interesting statistic – in Madeira there are over 170 registered beekeepers with more than 4000 hives distributed in over 350 apiaries. The annual production of honey is around 30 to 32 tons.

Emergency hospital admissions down 38%

“False Emergency” admissions to hospital for the month after they began to implement user fees for non-urgent patients, decreased 38 per cent according to Dr. Nelio Mendonca of the Health Service of Madeira (SESARAM).

"From July 14 to August 13, 2012, 2564 cases were treated at the emergency ward of Funchal hospital. In the same period last year 4114 clients were admitted.

Asked whether this decrease is due to the introduction of user fees, Miguel Ferreira said: "Probably, since it is not considered serious situations the user can select to go to their health centre."

AJJ “pessimistic” about economic outlook

The President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Alberto João Jardim, said he was now more "pessimistic" that the Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho about the country’s economic recovery and said he was waiting for worse indicators.

"I’m maybe a little more pessimistic than him," said Alberto João Jardim, in Monte, Funchal, after participating in religious celebrations in honour of the patron saint of Madeira, reiterating that "these policies that were imposed on Portugal …are wrong. "

The prime minister said on Tuesday that today, despite the recession of 2012 being more serious than expected, 2013 will be a year of "inversion" and economic "Recovery Preparation" .

New harbour costs soar

One of the headlines from the Diario on Tuesday this week: The reformulation of the international tender for the construction of the new Pier in Funchal will be three million (euros) more expensive. The value of the work went from 15 million (expected value) to 18 million.

Funny this story because didn’t the job have to be re-tendered because all the original quotes turned out to be within a few cents of each other around the €15 million mark – and it was all a bit too obvious? Is it now €3 million more obvious?

23 thoughts on “Government assists fire-affected bee-keepers. “False” emergency admissions plummet after hospital fees introduced. Presidents AJJ’s economic gloom. New harbour costs rise!”

  1. Forgot to mention – a few of the “widgets” on the right-hand side are not working whilst a major upgrade is implemented. Normal service will be resumed when I can get my head round the latest idiosyncrasies of WordPress.

  2. Apologies – clearing out some spam comments manually and accidentally deleted one genuine posting (ellen maybe?). Comment count is also wrong as a result. Spent hours on this – you wonder why they do it and what satisfaction they get? – is it a competitor or somebody with a grudge to bear?

  3. We also try to encourage bees into our garden with certain plants and, of course, they are necessary for the vegetable garden. However, perhaps it is a mistake on our part as our adorable dog catches and eats them! She then vomits “black and yellow” bits and returns to bee catching. She has been stung on the tongue and on her feet but it hasn’t stopped her! Any suggestions would be welcome although I think she is a lost cause?

  4. from dnoticias Gordon also reaches the islands of Pico and Terceira

    Hurricane Storm is now, and will reach within a few hours the Azores

    Hurricane Gordon became stronger today, reaching II category in the Saffir-Simpson scale of five points, while forwards to the Azores, according to the weather forecasting services Americans.

    At 21:00 UTC (22:00 in Lisbon), Hurricane Gordon was in the Atlantic Ocean 950 miles southwest of the Azores, heading east at 33.6 kilometers per hour with winds that reach 168 kilometers per hours.

    This morning was still and when Tropical Storm Gordon was at 1,300 miles Azores.

    Hurricane Gordon should reach the Azores in the early hours of Monday and reach not only the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria, as originally expected, but Terceira and Pico, with rain and high winds.

    These four islands of the Azores, the Portuguese forecasters expect winds average 80 kilometers per hour with gusts to 130 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall yet waves between eight and 10 meters.

    The meteorologist said Pedro Mata Lusa that the hurricane is on the way the region has the same name as the tropical storm that hit the Azores in 2006, because there is a list with names for cyclones that is repeated every six years.

    “Who put the name here to cyclones in the Atlantic is a center in Miami, the United States,” said Pedro Mata, adding that “when there is heavy damage and deaths, as was the case of Katrina, the names are removed from the list.”

  5. I have lost the web address for the portuguese metreological site – I thought it used to be listed on the right here but don’t see it.

    Anyone have it?

  6. from dnoticias Civil Protection asks strengthening of security measures due to Gordon

    The Regional Service of Civil Protection and Fire Azores today released a warning to the public to take safety measures before and during the passage of Hurricane Gordon archipelago.

    The hurricane, which formed on Saturday, went about 10am local time (11 hours in Lisbon) on the maritime zone of the Azores as category II, V scale growing up, moving this to 35 kilometers per hour.

    Gordon should approach the eastern islands (São Miguel and Santa Maria) at 6 pm local time (7 hours in Lisbon) on Monday, according to the American center of hurricanes, quoted by AP.

    The Civil Protection recommends, in a statement, that the population of the islands that will be affected by Hurricane strengthen the roofs, doors and windows and clear the drainage system around the house, such as preventive measures.

    Before the hurricane hit the Azores, the population must still keep all loose equipment in the garden, safeguard animals and farm implements and anchor their boats or put them in a safer area.

    During the storm, the Civil Protection advises people to remain calm and soothe others and follow the instructions transmitted by the media, adding that people should not leave the house unless in a situation of absolute necessity, and in case of meet outside the home, they should seek shelter immediately.

    Forecasters said they expect Gordon weaken a bit today, but it should still be a hurricane when it passes the eastern group of the Portuguese archipelago.

    The center forecasts Miami also said large waves can reach the islands of the eastern and central group of the Azores already afternoon and heavy rains are expected.

    Towards the end of the day, the Institute of Meteorology (IM) has placed under red alert – the maximum – the eastern group of the Azores, where he provides to the island of St. Miguel, mean winds of 90 kilometers per hour, with gusts between 120 and 130 kilometers per hour.

    For the island of St. Maria is pending mean winds of 130 kilometers per hour, with gusts to 160 kilometers per hour.

    Besides the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, IM estimates that the ripple reaches varies between 14 and 16 meters.

  7. Thanks Richard. that is exactly what I was looking for.

    I find it curious that GORDON does not seem to reflected in the weather forecasts here. I would have thought it would have some influence. Guess we´ll notice if it does.

  8. from dnoticias Hurricane Gordon passed since Tropical Storm

    Hurricane Gordon, which passed the Azores in the early hours of today, has now turned into a tropical storm and is moving away from the islands, told Lusa meteorologist Peter Mata.

    “It’s a tropical storm, now is moving away from the archipelago. In terms of precipitation has practically no rainfall for the storm,” said meteorologist, making a progress at 07:30.

    According to the same source, one can still feel strong wind gusts in Santa Maria, northwest, and São Miguel, in the northeast.

    Referring Hurricane “came closer than Santa Maria Sao Miguel,” stated Pedro Mata as maximum values ​​recorded at stations of the Meteorological Institute a gust of 143 km / h in Santa Maria and a rainfall of 70 litres/m2.

    In San Miguel, including the airport station in Ponta Delgada, the maximum wind gust reached 95 km / h in terms of rainfall was recorded a value of 80 litres/m2 in the northeast.

    “It is natural that there are higher gusts in the eastern part of the island, which has been the most affected, but we have no station there,” said the weatherman.

    Anticipating that the next few hours there will continue to experience strong gusts, both in Santa Maria and São Miguel, Pedro Mata believes gradually wind intensity will decrease too.

    “We do not think that is at least in Santa Maria, the values ​​that have already reached overnight,” he said.

  9. Wood under yellow caution due to heat

    Because “the persistence of high values ​​of maximum temperature,” the Institute of Meteorology (IM) put it, this Monday, Madeira under yellow alert, the second less severe on a scale of four.

    This notice is effective up to 20 hours of Wednesday.

    For today’s IM forecasts point to “sky mainly fine, wind generally weak (less than 20 km / h) east quadrant, and southwest mountainous areas.” The temperature will oscillate between 22 º and 29 º minimum to maximum.

    The ‘site’ of IM also indicates that Wood presents with level ‘very high’ ultraviolet radiation (UV). With the level ‘very high’, the IM advises the use of sunglasses with UV filter, hat, t-shirt, umbrella and sunscreen, stressing also that one should avoid exposure of children to the sun

    Ultraviolet radiation can cause serious harm to health if the level exceeds safety limits, according to information available on the ‘site’ of the IM.

  10. from dnoticias He died the first man to walk on the moon

    The American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon, has died, aged 82, today announced the American television network NBC News.

    Neil Armstrong was heart surgery in early August, and according to a family source, died following complications after cardiovascular surgery.

    In a statement about the death, the family stressed that Armstrong was “a reluctant American hero” who “proudly served his country as a Navy pilot and an astronaut.”

    Astronaut Neil Armstrong and fellow Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon, July 20, 1969.

    Became famous words when Armstrong took the first steps on the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    Born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, in the state of Ohio, Armstrong majored in aerospace engineering at the universities of Purdue and Southern California.

    It astronaut U.S. space agency (NASA), university professor and airline pilot, having served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

    The first space mission was in Gemini 8 in 1966, as captain, becoming the first U.S. civilian to fly in space.

    The second and final space mission was the Apollo 11, which also led, at age 38, alunando the July 20, 1969, accompanied by Buzz Aldrin, while astronaut Michael Collins remained in orbit commanding the main module of the spacecraft.

    Armstrong and two other astronauts on the mission were awarded the Medal of Honor by the President of the United States.

    One year after the Apollo 11 mission, left NASA to become an engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he currently resided with his wife.

  11. We were on the Marco Polo and were having lunch in a cafe in Horta and we saw a news item about the ‘Tropical storm’ heading for the Azores. When we got back to the ship the captain had decided to carry on to Praia da Vitoria for the next scheduled stop and to skip the Ponta Delgada stop and go full pelt to Funchal. Was a pity missing Sao Miguel but it did mean we had 30hrs in Funchal instead of the original scheduled 10!


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