Expo-Chocolate Porto

Expo-Chocolate Porto

The first Chocolate Fair of Oporto (Feira de Chocolate do Porto), held November 12th - 20th, will include an attempt to create a new Guinness World Record by producing a Nativity scene with 12 tons of chocolate.

The Expo-Chocolate, Portugal's first chocolate fair is part of Porto's 3rd Christmas Gastronomy and Confectionery Fair, with Xmas foods on display.

Expo-Chocolate Porto

Access - Getting There

Leça da Palmeira
tel. 808 30 14 00

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World Golf Championships

World Golf Championships

World Golf Championships

The USD 4 million World Golf Championships will be held November 15-20, 2005 at the Victoria Clube de Golf, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.

The two-man, team competition will consist of two days of four-ball and two days of foursomes.


Thurs November 17 Four-ball
Fri November 18 Foursomes
Sat November 19 Four-ball
Sun November 20 Foursomes

Competing Nations & Teams

Argentina (Angel Cabrera/Ricardo Gonzalez)
Australia (Mark Hensby/Peter Lonard)
Denmark (Anders Hansen/Soren Hansen)
England (Luke Donald/David Howell) [current holders]
France (Thomas Levet/Raphael Jacquelin)
Germany (Alex Cejka/Marcel Siem)
Holland (Maarten Lafeber/Robert-Jan Derksen)
India (Jyoti Randhawa/Arjun Atwal)
Ireland (Padraig Harrington/Paul McGinley)
Japan (Yasuharo Imano/partner to be announced)
Paraguay (Carlos Franco/Marco Ruiz)
Portugal (Jose-Filipe Lima/Antonio Sobrinho)
Scotland (Stephen Gallacher/Scott Drummond)
South Africa (Tim Clark/Trevor Immelman)
South Korea (K.J. Choi/partner to be announced)
Spain (Sergio Garcia/Miguel Angel Jimenez)
Sweden (Henrik Stenson/Niclas Fasth)
United States (Stewart Cink/Zach Johnson)
Wales (Stephen Dodd/Bradley Dredge)

These teams came through the qualifying round.

Colombia (Eduardo Herrera/Diego Vanegas)
Mexico (Pablo Del Olmo/Alejandro Quiroz)
Singapore (Mardan Mamat/Lam Chih Bing)
Taiwan (Wang Ter-chang/Chang Tse-peng)
Venezuela (Carlos Larrain/Manuel Bermudez)

World Golf Championship

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Funchal Film Festival

Funchal Film Festival

The first International Cinema Festival of Funchal (FICF '05) will take place at the Teatro Nacional Baltazar Dias in downtown Funchal, Madeira from November 5-13th.

International Cinema Festival of Funchal
The festival will be held annually from 2005 on.

The program includes:

* seven days of films in four daily sessions (tickets EUR 2.50)including a tribute to the Madeiran director, António da Cunha Telles & a retrospective of Spanish cinema

* amateur videos in the Video Zoom at the Municipal Garden

* Animarte children's films in the morning (tickets EUR 1.00)

Funchal Film Festival


Funchal Film Festival Official Site


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Portugal TV Channels

Media in Portugal

Portugal TV Channels.

There are 4 main TV stations in Portugal (RTP1 and 2, SIC and TVI).

RTP (Radio e Televisao de Portugal) is Portugal's state broadcaster and began nationwide broadcasts in the late 50s. RTP has regional programming for Madeira and the Azores and an international satellite channel broadcasting globally.

SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao) launched in 1992 and is one of two independent, commercial channels in Portugal, the other being TVI (Televisao Independente) which started out in 1993 and broadcasts a mix of racy reality shows and dubbed US dramas in between lengthy commercial breaks.

There are many imported programs on Portuguese TV including shows from the US and UK, which are usually sub-titled rather than dubbed for RTP and SIC, lots of football and the ubiquitous Brazilian telenovelas (soaps).

RTP1 - state broadcaster
RTP2 - (a dois:) - society and culture channel

RTP Açores (Azores only)
RTP Madeira (Madeira only)

SIC - commercial broadcaster
TVI - commercial broadcaster

Radiodifusao Portuguesa (RDP) is the state-owned radio broadcaster and broadcasts the following programs.

RDP Antena 1
RDP Antena 2
RDP Antena 3
RDP Internacional
RDP Africa
RDP Acores
RDP Madeira

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Newspapers in Portugal

The Press in Portugal

Newspaper readership in Portugal is fairly low when compared to other countries in the European Union (EU). 1999 figures show only 73.5 people per 1000 take a daily paper compared to over 600 people per 1000 in the UK. During the Salazar dictatorship, the press was heavily censored and post-revolution newspapers filled with revolutionary propaganda putting many Portuguese off the newspaper-reading habit. The Correio da Manha is the largest selling tittle-tattle tabloid.

Newspapers in Portugal.

Circulation (2000 figures)

Correio da Manha (89,021)
Diario de Noticias (65,544)
Jornal de Noticias (101,448)
Expresso (136,845)
Publico (53,222)
A Bola (100,000+)
Record (100,000+)

There are also literally 100's of mostly low-quality regional newspapers.

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