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Car Accident in São Roque

The Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters have confirmed that a car left the road in the vicinity of  São Roque last night and ended up in an excavation hole.  The fire brigade arrived quickly at the scene and a wounded teenager was taken to Dr Nélio Mendonça Hospital.

Body Found in Monte

The Public Security Police and the Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters were called out to remove a dead body from a plot of land in Monte.  The body was found in a difficult to access place and firefighters had to use a 4×4 rescue vehicle and a basket stretcher to remove the corpse.

As yet, no further details have been released as to how or why the man died.

Spanish Military Ship Docks in Madeira

Spanish Military vessel ‘Bio_Hesperides’ arrived from Las Palmas on Thursday 6th of June and leaves Madeira tomorrow the 10th.

The Bio Hesperides is an oceanographic research vessel belonging to the Spanish fleet and is part of a scientific investigation of the Arctic. The scientists onboard are from eighteen different countries, including Portugal.

Fall in Banana Sales

Information released by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (DRA), states that in the first four months of this year 4177.1 tons of bananas were sold, 933.3 tons less than in the same period last year.

This 18.3% drop has caused concern with Madeira’s banana growers.  Although the decline in sales is sporadic April saw a -3.1% drop compared to February’s -31.9% this is not good news for the islands banana economy.

Madeira: A leader in Environmental Policies

During the inauguration of the Lobo Marinho mural by Bordalo II in Câmara de Lobos, the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque stated that Madeira is one of the worlds most protected territories. He went on to say that the island leads the way in environmental policies and that 515km² of land and 70% of the maritime area (approx 12km) is protected.

The president stated that every effort is being made to ensure the island’s ecosystem remains intact for future generations to enjoy and protect, saying that Madeira is home to a unique ecosystem.  He later went on to praise Madeira’s teachers for their part in educating and inspiring others to preserve the natural world around them.  Concluding, he stressed that it is imperative that we leave the world in a better state than when we found it.

Many will not be surprised that the mural is part of a joint venture between the Pestana group and the government, while the artist Artur Bordalo is known for his environmental conscience.  This is his first public piece of work in Madeira.

Samantha Gannon

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