TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Eiryl … this photo was taken late afternoon at Santa Cruz.
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 28/1/2009
The taxi drivers protest took place on Tuesday, about unfair competition, and costs and commitments, in the car park at Praia Formosa. Over 100 taxis attended, with the aim of drawing their plight to the attention of the regional secretary for tourism and transport. The statement made accuses Funchal buses, tour operators, and hotel buses of amongst other things ‘dishonesty in competition’. There must be plenty of honest taxi drivers I am sure (this is my politically correct bit in case you hadn’t noticed), but why do the words pot, black, and kettle keep popping into my mind?
Funchal Central Hospital may be losing it’s one and only neuropediatrician on Monday, as he goes on prolonged leave and then intends to take early retirement. His disappearance will also affect the department for Pediatric Cardiology. Should this happen, the hospital will have to go to outside agencies to fulfil its obligations. Neuropediatria (also called Pediatric Neurology and Child Neurology) is a speciality or sub-medical speciality devoted to diseases or disorders of the nervous system and muscular system which manifest themselves in childhood or adolescence. Up until now the unit provided around 1,000 consultations annually.
After the good news that the golden beach has returned, and that the ferry will return on Sunday, Porto Santo Island now has the news about the plans of Cristiano Ronaldo to build a 300 bed resort on the coast there. The resort will be built on a prohibited area, once the council and regional government have agreed a plan to officially ‘urbanise’ the land. CR and his partners have asked that this move be ‘fast tracked’ in order to get the project underway quickly. The hotel should rank with 7 stars once complete, and the 10 hectare development will include small houses and apartments. The government is known to be in favour of the project which will obviously create construction jobs and hopefully future prosperity. But it is a dodgy game changing building restrictions to suit one specific project, and in this case the long term objective to fill the resort with tourists or whoever is decidedly dodgy when the future tourism numbers are looking so weak.
Aside from the usual football story, the other article is about the erection in Funchal of more of these huge panel displays, that give motorists and others current information on things they might need or want to know, about what is going on in the city.
Other News :
Banco Alimentar Animal (BAA), or in English ‘Animal Feeding Bank’, is an organisation based on the continent that uses an army of volunteers and it’s food bank to make sure stray animals are well fed. It sees the potential to set up an organisation on Madeira also. The warehouse is kept full by the BAA, often with donations from people and local companies, and volunteers go and stock up periodically and feed mainly cats and dogs who need food. To sign up go to : www.bancoalimentar-animal.blogspot.com or you can email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
No mention of it, but I hope they can tie in with the other animal care organisations running here, as we need more resources not the same amount spread more thinly.
The Diário has a little gloat about it’s statistics, claiming that in 2008 it received nearly 2 million visitors from 155 countries, with nearly 17 million pages viewed. It also announces that in future it will no longer be necessary to be registered to use their website, which means when I reproduce a link on the blog in future you can go direct to the Diário page without having to sign in (so I might do a few more links in future, particularly to great photos). You can also comment against individual stories now too, which is good. The online Diário will also have 4 new interactive sections, and coming in the next few days you will be able to opt to receive a newsletter. Considering there is no worthwhile competition to the Diário, I have to say I find it really quite good … after all it is not their fault if the news is a bit uninteresting at times. They do lack the bulldog spirit though, and good stories often die out without completion, for example the corruption story yesterday, and perhaps the mosquito problem they could do more to help expedite progress.
Football today : Portugal cup – Valdevez vs Nacional at 3pm (I think)
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