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?