TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Eiryl … Seixal (“both Seixal and Porto Moniz were the calmest we have ever seen in many years of visiting”).
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 26/1/2009
A ´low profile’ jolly by the regional Secretary of planning and finances to Australia has been discovered, to the embarrassment of the social democrat party. The trip cost €20,000 and lasted 3 weeks. The move was uncovered after people started asking where Ventura Garcês had disappeared to, and the excuse he was ‘off sick’ was wearing a bit thin. The trip was organised to meet Madeirans living in Australia. Government officials here are obliged by law to publish movement of this sort. Sr. Garcês had his ‘holiday’ flight and hotels paid, and got €100 per day spending money as well. We already know that there is no democracy here once the elections are finished, but does this government actually do anything ‘by the book’?
The 378 (Sept 2008) AIDS sufferers on Madeira face a real struggle for survival, as they face discrimination and cannot get work. The pension they get of €204 does not cover their specialist living expenses, although they do get free medication. The Diário interviews a number of sufferers and hears about the problems they face in trying to prolong their lives, and the call for more support. Perhaps Sr. Garcês has some spending money left over from his Australia jolly he might like to donate?
A picture of the giant pot of stew at the Chão da Ribeira weekend festival in Seixal, for the ‘Panelo’, is one of the stories. The stew from the giant cooking pot is served on large cabbage leaves. Saves washing up I suppose.
Transavia is to restart its ‘low cost’ service between Paris and Madeira in April. Headline news maybe, but it’s recycled news if I recall.
That’s is for today’s short blog, but I did take a quick look at every story and there wasn’t much of interest yesterday, so a bit more rest for my ailing back.
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