90 kilometres of old roads targeted
JM reports that a public tender approved yesterday provides for the requalification of 90 kilometres of old roads that serve seven municipalities in Madeira. Infrastructure Secretary Pedro Fino explains to JM that the objective is to improve accessibility in areas used by residents and also on routes of tourist interest. In total, more than €21 million will be invested.
Violence against women
This is the news that makes the headlines of your JM today, on a front page that also highlights violence against women. The Associação Presença Feminina alone registered 47 new requests for help this year and continues to monitor another 59 victims. The institution warns of a slight increase justified by the 1,243 calls made since January.
Madeira handicrafts get new image
The regional secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development was present today at the presentation of the new image of Madeira’s handicrafts, in a ceremony that took place at IVBAM – Institute of Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts of Madeira.
Humberto Vasconcelos praised the combination of elements that make up the new image and considered that “the colours are very soft, but they are attractive”, showing “a work that has content, history and fieldwork and listening to the craftsmen, and that helps a lot to create the image”.
The official also said that a process is underway to enhance the commercialization of Madeiran handcrafted products, “with a new envelope and with another force from the point of view of communication”.
“Our pieces are of excellence, without a doubt. We have artisans with great quality”, he commented, defending the need to continue training “so that crafts can grow in a sustainable way”.
The regional secretary also wanted to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’. “We have a lot of handicrafts that are not our brand’s handicrafts. There is a lot of importation, we know that, so this force that the wine institute has to launch this idea has this objective, to give strength to our artisans, direct support, so that they can market their work”.
COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post
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