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s the families of the two female victims, one Spanish one British, of the fatal rock slide in Los Gigantes on the afternoon of November 1st struggle to come to terms with their loss discussion continues as to whether more steps should have been taken to prevent such a tragedy taking place at all. Even before the emergency services had terminated

their search for more bodies a row was brewing regarding the safety measures, or lack thereof, that had been in place to warn the public about the danger of just such an occurrence. There had been a smaller rock fall in early October and the council stated that since then the danger zone had been cordoned off to prevent people from sunbathing there. Just two weeks ago they had also submitted safe-

ty plans to the Spanish government in a bid to resolve the problem but government’s senior representative in Tenerife, José Antonio Batista, admitted the day after the tragedy that the project sent to the Department of Coasts had been rejected as unsuitable. According to Batista, the Department was unhappy with certain aspects of the project and asked for it to be changed. It is reported that pending


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further developments the local Santiago del Teide council considered placing plastic barriers around the area, but they wouldn’t have withstood the waves, so instead there were uprights in place. However one eye witness said he saw these left to one side against a wall, and thought there was some work going on, but said at no stage was he made aware that the zone was dangerous, though

lifeguard Antonio Plasencia told press he had been warning beach goers on a daily basis that the area was unsafe. So did people ignore the warnings or were they insuf ficient to aler t the public as to the extent of the danger? Investigations continue but meanwhile two families have lost loved ones.

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A tragedy unfolds

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News in Brief :: Labour force

100,000 unemployed in Canaries The Canary Islands have almost 100,000 long term unemployed, and the highest rate of long term unemployed in Spain.


he rocks fell, without warning, upon the two unsuspecting victims just after 3pm on Sunday November 1st. Rocks weighing up to 40 tons fell from a height of over 40 metres onto the beach – a doctor who attended at the autopsies told this paper death would have been instantaneous. Emergency services were on the scene very quickly, helicopters, fire services and local police and members of the civil guard on hand to work on evacuating the victims and the search for more injured beach goers. There had been up to 200 people on the beach on what was a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon. Local council officials and Santiago del Teide mayor Juan Damián Gorrín were there to see for themselves the tragedy at first hand and check on the progress of the emergency workers. Other beach goers and local bar and restaurant owners shaken by the event were helped and comforted by those in attendance.

Long term unemployment is one of the principal labour problems caused by the worldwide economic crisis in Spain and throughout Europe and apart from the direct impact it has on those without work it also creates social instability. Here in the islands over nine per cent of the labour force are currently without work, the average on a national level is 5.3 per cent, with 1,217,300 long term unemployed. Trends show that since the start of the current crisis, towards the end of 2007, the number of long term unemployed rose by 210 per cent.


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A Puerto de La Cruz man whose self-imposed siege forced police to call in a crack riot team recently has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. According to the La Opinión paper, the man armed himself with a speargun, a large knife and other weapons and locked himself and his dog in his flat around mid-day. The commotion prompted neighbours to call the emergency services, including firemen, who were fired on five times with the speargun as they tried to enter the flat. Puerto de La Cruz police eventually summoned a riot team from Santa Cruz while negotiators tried to calm the man down. He was finally detained and was later sent to hospital for psychiatric reports before formal charges were laid.

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A buyers’ market Following the huge success of the first Estate Agents Trade Fair (Salón de Oportunidades Inmobiliarias, SOPI) in Tenerife the island’s Cabildo has decided to hold another event, from November 20th – 22nd, with the help of the Chamber of Commerce and FEPECO, the construction industry federation.

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Given the current crisis and how it is affecting the housing market, the idea behind the trade fair, taking place in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz, is to create a central point of contact in Tenerife where potential buyers and sellers can come together and see what’s on the market all in one centralised spot. There will be representatives from all the major finance houses on hand too to advise on purchase plans and mortgage schemes. Visitors to the fair will be offered oneoff prices and discounts on a range of properties and with more exhibitors taking stands than before, this is an ideal opportunity for those in search of a bargain. Entrance is just €1.50, and the fair takes place daily from 11am to 9pm, with free parking in front of the maritime park.

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The €3.6 million debt Information just released shows that the Partido Popular’s Ángel Llanos left behind unpaid bills of €3.6 million euros when the pact between his party and the Coalition Canaria in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz was broken in July of this year. The department of Fiestas, where Llanos pre-

T sided, has 53 unpaid bills since his time in office, 22 of them for Rolo Producciones, the promotion company, who alone are owed €2.8 million, relating to costs for Carnaval, the May festivities, the Celia Cruz show and other events.

he president of the Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior accompanied by the councillor for tourism, José Manuel Bermudez and Tenerife’s tourism manager Alberto Bernabé, recently welcomed a delegation from Ger man tour operator Thomas Cook and Neckermann to the island.

The dir ectors, Peter Fankhauser, Gisela Sökeland, Christian Würst and Michael Tenzer who commented on the value of, “the

leisure activities and hotels on offer, green and maritime spaces, as well as the island’s infrastructures including the magnificent southern airport”, had come to present their annual programme which includes specialised package holidays. During the reception which took place at the hotel Iberostar Anthelia in Costa Adeje, Melchior thanked the guests from Thomas Cook for choosing Tenerife, saying that this represented, “clear support from an outstanding tour operator for the island”. During their visit, which

was seen as a great promotional opportunity, the guests were given plenty of information and reports, and treated to a programme of activities which demonstrated the island’s most significant assets including its climate, variety of nature and landscapes, and range of outdoor activities on offer. They attended two themed dinners, a Carnaval night and a Romería night, with the food prepared by acclaimed Tenerife chefs Carlos Gamonal and Francachella, followed the Humboldt route, and visited the recently opened

Katandra Treetops at Loro Parque for breakfast followed by the Casa del Vino for lunch. They also visited Santa Cruz and met the Carnaval queen, and those interested were able to visit ITER to learn about renewable energy, go on a boat trip to see the whales and dolphins, play golf at Golf Costa Adeje or go trekking in the Mount Teide national park. The presentational visit not only had the support of Turismo de Tenerife, but also of the Canarian government and Turespaña.


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News in Brief ::

Iceland promotion ‘a disaster’ Q

uestions are being asked about the wisdom of a massive advertising promotion launched by the Department of Tourism to attract visitors from Iceland. The row followed the sending of one hundred Canarian ‘Ambassadors’ on a costly one-week trip to Iceland to sell the Canaries as a destination to beat the winter blues. Participants admitted some of the events prepared to showcase the Canaries were ill-planned and attracted little interest. One unnamed ambassador was quoted in a Canarian daily as saying that “there is no-one on the streets to see us do our thing, it is far too cold. This is disastrous”. The tourism authorities hope that the presence of the cheerful Canarians, dressed in bright orange t-shir ts throughout their stay, will have a multiplier effect and

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The motion by the PSOE party was carried due to the high number of abstentions by other parties, who agreed with the proposal but accused

The Canarian government has announced its most ambitious ever housing plan to provide homes for over 100,000 families. A budget of nearly three million euros has been earmarked for the plan between now and 2012, the bulk of which will be allocated to improvements to existing blocks of flats rather than the building of new ones. Housing minister Inés Rojas says the aim is to provide not just bricks and mortar but extensive loan facilities to low-earners to enable them to buy or rent their homes. A special credit facility has been set up for up to 30,000 young people to access their first home, while plans are also being made to offer rental accommodation for as little as 50 euros per month to families whose annual income is below 10,000 euros.

Canaries to make Expo bid Support is gathering in the Canaries for an official bid to hold the World EXPO in 2023.

persuade many Icelanders to book holidays here. It is believed some early takers will be given free trips as ‘pathfinders’ to encourage other compatriots to follow

suit. However, with a population of just 300,000 (slightly more than Santa Cruz and much smaller than Las Palmas) and an economy in the doldrums after the collapse

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of several banks, exper ts query the choice of country to pioneer the ambassador programme, which is costing the Canarian government seven million euros.


Ps in the Canarian Parliament say they are setting an example in times of crisis by voting in favour of a wage freeze for 2010 although they insist that the bill is a drop in the ocean compared to other expenditure.

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the PSOE of tabling it without proper consultation in order to capitalise on the media impact. “The only thing they are interested in is the headline” said Popular Party MP Rosa Rodríguez, who added that the MPs’ wages eat up just 0.4 per cent of the regional budget, compared to health and education which together account for 81 per cent. MPs currently earn around €4,500 per month in addition to a daily allowance of up to €150 for attending Parliamentar y meetings, depending on which island they are from. The parliament voted for a wage freeze

An association comprising influential figures from all seven islands is discreetly lobbying for backing for the initiative to have ‘World Islands’ picked as the theme of the Expo, prior to launching a formal bid to have the showcase event awarded to the Canaries. It is believed that overtures have already been made to the EIB in Paris, which is responsible for EXPO host decisions. The Canarian Parliament passed a motion at the end of October supporting the bid, which it says would bring a massive boost to the region’s profile. Until now all EXPOs have been held in major cities but the association believes it can make a solid case for a different approach in 2023, including a focus on issues such as El Hierro’s energy self-sufficiency and other sustainable initiatives.

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Sex abuse man sentenced An elderly Telde man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for forcing a young boy to perform a sex act on him in a town square. Judges in Las Palmas Criminal Court said the sevenyear-old boy’s version of events was “entirely credible” and found the defendant, a family friend, guilty of the charge, while also ordering him to pay €18,000 compensation to his victim. The court heard that the youngster has needed psychological treatment to overcome the ordeal.

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Rivero scores on approval chart

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Eat gofio call The Canarian ‘gofio’ industry has received an important boost with the news that the regional government has been formally asked to encourage production of the traditional foodstuff, which was once a major component in the local diet. The flour meal, which is made from toasted corn or other grain and can be made into a porridge-type breakfast dish or added to soups and stews, is still common in many homes but its presence has declined in recent years, even though it still proves popular in tourist restaurants. The Canarian Parliament passed a unanimous resolution recently calling on the government to launch campaigns throughout the islands to promote gofio as a healthy food, which would encourage farmers to devote more land to cereal crops. MPs asked the government to explore tax and other incentives to boost the sector, which currently produces around 2.6 million kilos of gofio every year.



or politicians in power mid-ter m surveys are generally bad news with few scoring anywhere near the kind of approval rating that probably saw them elected in the first place. Bucking the trend somewhat, the current regional president Paulino Rivero, of the Coalición Canaria party, has come out of the most recent opinion poll relatively

unscathed, and certainly fared better than his political rivals in terms of recognition factor and popularity. The Socio-political Canaries Barometer survey, commissioned by local newspaper Diario de Avisos, sees the president of the government commanding a healthy 95 per cent recognition rating, due in no small part, according to the paper, to his extremely busy travel agenda which sees him visiting all of the seven islands

on a regular basis. The president scored 5 (out of 10) on the approval rating scale – on an insular breakdown his highest rating was in El Hierro at 6.4 and lowest in Gran Canaria at 4.5. Socialist leader Juan Fernando López Aguilar, who is suffering internal dissension in the local branch of the party, has a recognition factor of 81 per cent, and an approval rating of 4.6, and only betters Rivero in his native island of Gran Canaria – proving

Insular president Paulino Rivero is well known throughout the seven islands

that provincial politics do come into play. The Partido Popular leader José Manuel Soria was recognised by 92 of those surveyed with a 4.7 per cent approval rating, and Román Rodríguez, an ex-president of the Canaries and currently leader of the Nueva Canarias party, was properly identified by 74 per cent of those asked, and given a 4.4 approval mark. Over 3,000 Canarians were surveyed during the month of October.


Flights blow for Fuerteventura T

he prospects of an early return by Ryanair to Fuerteventura appear to have receded following remarks by the airline’s sales and marketing manager for Spain. Luis Fernández gave a press conference to mark the first day of the new Ryanair schedule to the Canaries,

which sees 43 routes operating to and from Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. Responding to a question concerning the Fuer teventura situation, Fernández was quoted as saying Ryanair “has no intention of returning to the island”. The remark comes as a blow to local authorities

as well as Irish and English ex-pats, who believed definitive progress had been made in the ongoing dispute between the airline and a local business consortium. The Irish low cost carrier Ryanair also called on the Spanish government to extend the zero-taxes airport policy. Announcing

the launch of the new flights they promised that their introduction would “generate two million passengers, create 2,000 jobs”, and bring up to €390 million in tourist spending to the islands. According to the airline, the reason they are continuing to create new routes to and from the archipelago is the

existence of the current zerotax policy regarding airports in the Canary Islands. They have now asked on the Spanish government to extend the policy “beyond March 2010 to guarantee a continued growth in the number of tourists and new jobs as well as in the economy”.


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Lost tourist By Barbara Belt


t ten o’clock one recent night, the holiday companions of German tourist R.S. finally decided that his continued non-appearance back at the apartment, “...might mean there was a problem.” He had set out earlier that day, saying he intended to walk between the Los Reyes chapel in Casa de la Seda, Valle Gran Rey and the neighbouring valley, Valle Argaga. His companions confessed after wards to, “...not having paid much attention to where he was going, as he made many such treks.” He had, fortunately for him, earlier enlisted the help of one companion in trying to determine if the contour lines shown along the walk on the map ‘could possibly be accurate’. “We decided that there was a mistake with the map. We decided that there would never be such steep drops and difficult terrain on the route of a normal trekking path,” said his friend Peter, who consequently knew where to direct emergency services when he failed to come back. It is opportune here to point out that ninety-nine per cent of lost, injured or disorientated walkers needing help on this island are of German nationality. This

La Gomera has some spectacular and more than slightly dangerous walks

does, of course, reflect the fact that a lot of German tourists, leader Angela Merkel included, come to relax and walk on La Gomera, but other nationalities are keen walkers too and lots of them come to the island to enjoy the stunning scenery and excellent walking. So why is it the Germans who most consistently run into trouble? Lack of preparation is not the problem. They come ver y well prepared and are Serious Walkers. Jokes about German walkers ‘expecting snow and some skiing up there’, abound. Equipped with sticks that look like ski-sticks to the locals, stout boots, maps, compasses and obligatory

guide books, these people mean business. These are not Brits, famous for downing liquid lunches and setting off in flip flops and high spirits along the precipices, back in the wild old days before they too adopted (relatively) serious modes. Whilst generalisations about nationalities are as odious as comparisons, traits and characteristics become noticeable with repetition and it is undoubtedly the German visitors to La Gomera who most exercise the police and emergency services. This is confirmed by the Guardia Civil: “We see a very high incidence of German nationals amongst walkers who

get lost or suffer accidents,” confirmed the sergeant at Vallehermoso police station. Asked to explain why this should be so, he ventured to say that there was, perhaps, “... over-reliance on guide books and not enough attention paid to real, local, conditions”. A trip to Germany will actually provide the full answer. There, at every precipice, a warning notice: “Warning! Dangerous Precipice! Stay Back!”. At every beach a warning notice: “Warning! Dangerous Tides Sometimes! Don’t Swim!” The same at rivers, road junctions, open countr yside, bridges, fields full of animals. The ver y obvious,

very clearly stated, is there at every turn, guiding and protecting. Ironically, it renders the population it protects very vulnerable, once abroad. The maxim, ‘if there’s no warning notice about this, it must be safe’ is hopelessly inadequate for dealing with the natural world and what La Gomera has is plenty of natural world, much of it up potentially dangerous cliff paths. The paths, moreover, are marked in local fashion. This means that the particularly dangerous Argaga path taken by our tourist is marked as being ‘moderately difficult’; an example of the superb local understatement that leads to many such difficulties amongst our over-protected German visitors. R.S, the fifty-eight year old lost walker, found himself, “...surprised, then shocked, at the dif ficult way. I could not believe it was so difficult, so I looked for another, easier way. I thought I must have taken a wrong turn!” Asked if he had missed the signs for the path, he admitted, “, I saw the signs, but I thought they were incorrect because the path was so difficult.” When darkness fell, and despite the total absence of a ‘Warning! Night! Don’t Walk in the Dark!’ notice, he decided to spend the night sheltering in a cave, rather than plunging off the edge of the Teguerguenche clif f at the side of Valle Gran Rey. He was located at eightthirty the following morning by local police and Guardia Civil in ‘perfect condition’.

In Brief Budget deficit

Government debt ‘to double’ The current budget deficit is set to double due to the effects of the economic crisis, the Canarian government has admitted. The extra spending on social policies to help families through the crisis, combined with the tax revenue shortfall caused by the downturn in sales, means that a three billion euro deficit is anticipated for next year by the region’s Finance Ministry. Measures already introduced to palliate the shortfall, including raising taxes on tobacco products, have so far failed to have much impact on the deficit.

Tom Teidevs

Volcanic risk map A three-dimensional map has been created which shows the internal structure of the island, from the top of Mount Teide to eight kilometres below sea level. The map, part of the Tom Teidevs project, allows seismic activity to be monitored and facilitates the prediction of volcanic eruptions. 54 scientists from various countries took part in the project involving the installation of 154 seismographs.

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Government backs even bigger telescope T

he Spanish government has given a clear signal that it will support the bid to have an even bigger telescope sited on La Palma. Just months after the unveiling of the massive GTC telescope, La Palma’s Observatory is lobbying hard to secure the nod for the latest mammoth project in

European astrophysics, the construction of the world’s biggest telescope, which will be the size of a football pitch. There are two possible locations for the instrument: the Canaries and Chile. Pressure is mounting on European governments to take a decision early on the site to prevent the dispute from delaying progress on

the project. Spain’s science minister Cristina Garmendia says there is every reason to support La Palma’s bid. “The decision is essentially a scientific one but we will do all in our power between now and December when an initial evaluation has to be made to press the case for the island” said Garmendia in a recent newspaper interview.


Legal aid lawyers call off strike Funding cuts Hundreds of lawyers who cover the legal aid rosters in the Canaries have called off a series of strikes planned in protest at threats to funding cuts. The lawyers, who are appointed by the courts to handle the cases of people (many of them involving foreigners) who do not have a pri-

vate lawyer, had scheduled a first walk-out for the end of October after it emerged that the Canarian government was to cut the budget for the service by 30 per cent, effectively meaning a considerable drop in the fees payable for legal aid work. However, after meeting with the region’s justice minister, the lawyers

agreed to give the government more time to reconsider the decision and propose an alternative. Strike action would be potentially devastating for the court system given the likelihood that hearings and trials would need to be cancelled and rescheduled due to the absence of the lawyers.


Leadership battle turns nasty The position of Juan Fernando López Aguilar as the leader of the PSOE party in the Canaries looks under serious threat as voices of dissent continue to grow among the party ranks, including those of very senior figures. Aguilar now spends much of his time in Brussels as

an MEP and also has other political roles that keep him away from the Canaries. Several key PSOE figures have now openly called for the party to choose a home-based leader to look after the region’s interests and provide more effective opposition in the Canarian Parliament. Among the critics

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Gran Canaria train details announced T

he architect responsible for the Gran Canaria train project has unveiled details of the route of the rail link between Las Palmas and Maspalomas, which is due to become operational in 2015. Pelayo Suárez revealed during a recent transport conference that almost half the 57km link will be underground or through tunnels, particularly the stretch in the capital. The train will run entirely underground in Las Palmas, with three

Onscreen antics

TV ‘fatties’ programme causes fury A documentary broadcast on Spanish TV has triggered a furious reaction from Gran Canarians due to the portrayal of several parts of the island as fatty havens.

stations, and will emerge into the open on reaching Jinámar on the outskirts. The current blueprint also provides for an underground section and station at Gran Canaria Airport and at the final stop at Meloneras in the south. Concer n has alr eady been raised at the cost of the project, which has still to receive a final funding decision from Madrid, if such a large proportion of the route is to be below ground.

Reporters followed locals as they did their shopping to see how healthy the trolleys were and also filmed them in local restaurants, none of which catered for weight watchers. The interviews with several extremely obese people from Telde and Firgas, young and old, gave the impression that being fat was a common characteristic among the townspeople, who came across as being happy with their status. However, the programme drew widespread criticism for the multiple references to the island’s fatty phenomena, coming as it did just a few months after the controversial screening of a programme on unsavoury aspects of the island’s beaches, including a very obese topless woman and youths engaging in explicit horseplay.

The plan provides for an underground section and station at Gando airport


Team doctor saves heart attack passenger A

German tourist who suffered a heart attack on his return flight owes his life to the presence of the Albacete football team on board the plane. The flight from Gran Canaria to Madrid had to be diverted to Jérez in southern Spain when the passenger became seriously ill. The doctor and physio of the

second division side, who had played against Las Palmas the previous night, reacted quickly to the incident, administering the German tablets and setting up a drip to keep him stable until he could be evacuated to an ambulance. “We didn’t understand him because he spoke no English and we did what we could to work out what had happened to him. The pilot asked us

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Garage causes evacuation our opinion on whether we should divert and we felt it was urgent enough to warrant the change in plan” said the doctor afterwards. The club contacted the hospital later in the day to check on the patient’s progress.

‘Brown gold’ boom for Agaete B unprecedented demand has seen all available production (around 2,000 kg) bought up well in advance at very high prices. “We are getting around 50 euros a kilo on the local market which should encourage other farmers to think about switching to coffee” said Victor Lugo, chairman of the farmers association

Several cars were destroyed in the blaze although none of the homes in the building were affected. Homeowners were allowed back into the building after several hours out on the street.

Investment The club’s physiotherapist Manolo Bleda was one of those involved in the life-saving intervention


ooming demand for coffee from Agaete in northern Gran Canaria has given massive hope of a sustained revival in the little-known sector. Local growers say although production of the beans may be slightly down this year due to climate causes, the

Residents in the Mesa y López area of Las Palmas had to be evacuated in the early hours of the morning when fire broke out in the underground garage of a block of apartments.

in El Valle, the only area in Europe where the particular variety of coffee plant used to produce Agaete coffee is grown. There is currently only one outlet for the coffee, a small shop in the square in the coastal town where locals are very proud of the commodity they call ‘brown gold’.

Less tourism investment The Ministry for Tourism’s reduced investment in Gran Canaria, due to the economic crisis, has meant that the island has come off worse than Tenerife. The main difference lies in the reduction for infrastructure plans and quality tourism which falls from 6.3 million euros this year to 1.9 million next year while for Tenerife, this year’s 5.6 million euros falls to 3.5 million euros in 2010. The investment for touristic promotion of the island has also fallen but both Gran Canaria and Tenerife will each receive the same amount as for this year for promotion via sports, of over 1.2 million euros.

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he first really big seas of the season, with waves of over eight metres high, pounded the north coast of Tenerife late in October, and damaged part of the new artificial reefs intended to protect the construction of the new harbour in Garachico. Engineers confirmed slight damage but said that the preliminary protective wall of giant concrete blocks had stood up reasonably well to larger than expected waves, especially as the blocks had not yet been sealed with concrete and the outer harbour wall has not yet been erected. The damage could be

repaired within a few weeks, weather permitting. However the anticipated completion time for the harbour will evidently be delayed. The sea did displace a number of the concrete blocks and waves broke through to reach the area where the concrete blocks are manufactured. The mayor of Garachico said they had only expected waves of up to three or four metres this early in the season but he told reporters he was not concerned as the damage was not as serious as it could have been. The construction of the new port in Garachico is expected to finish by the end of 2011. The deadline takes into

account the difficulties presented by the big seas to be found here and consequent delays. The new harbour is to be divided to accommodate a fishing port and a sporting marina, for 40 and 161 vessels respectively. Despite warnings about the dangers involved building the port and doubts about whether Garachico is the best place for such a facility, given the very heavy and unpredictable seas around this part of the coast, council politicians have been adamant about the old town having a port once again. It was, until the 1706 eruption which destroyed much of the town, Tenerife’s first port.


Radical change proposed The recently proposed new PGO, General Ordnance Plan for La Laguna, would radically alter the hill, known as El Púlpito, which overlooks Los Rodeos, the north airport. El Púlpito (the pulpit) is the chosen site for the fu-

ture great central transport interchange terminal at Los Rodeos. If it goes ahead it will become a massively ambitious airport installation where the future railway project meets the new tramline connection. To accompany the terminal the authorities also plan to per-

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ollowing the vote of no confidence in Puerto’s ex mayor, Lola Padrón and her socialist team, new mayor, Marcos Brito lost no time in presenting his new coalition government and calling for “clean political debate”. Emphasising the strength of the pact of his independent Coalición Canaria party with the Partido Popular conservatives, Brito underlined that their first priority will be to band together as a united group to work for the borough. Each councillor will be given the autonomy he or she needs to carry out their tasks in the individual departments, but there will also be constant coordination to improve the fluidity in government as, “each and every one of us has to know how the council is working”. Among the changes announced were the creation of two departments for commerce and tourism and the separation of the functions of personnel and administration. The advisors who were earning 3,000 euros a month have been dispensed with, neither the mayor nor José Manuel Pérez Rodríguez, will be drawing a salar y and the rest of the group have voted themselves a reduction of 12.5 per cent in their monthly pay cheque, reflecting the financial situation locally and nationally. Among the priorities announced for the remaining term of office Brito listed, improving the services in all

departments and especially in customer services, new policies to help people going through a rough time due to the economic situation, a full clean up of streets, buildings, gardens, ravines, town squares etc., the promotion of a safer and less noisy town combining evening leisure activities with the need of residents to get some decent rest, improve the services on the Martiánez complex, continue with the implantation of new projects and those in the pipeline and improve the inter-administration relationships with the Spanish government, the Canarian government, island Cabildo and other tiner feñan councils. He also gave the welcome news that the Punta Brava road should be finished in the near future and that the Cabildo has confirmed that the western access to the town will be open before the end of the year. After the presentation, we spoke to William Lucas, a British citizen who was born and raised in Puerto, “I consider myself half British and half Canarian,” he smiled. William is the second office-holding Briton in the Canaries at the moment and his new responsibilities will be commerce and economic development, working in particular in tandem with the tourism councillor. He claimed that the new group didn’t want to take over because in terms of the electorate, it gives them only a year and a half to make a difference and prove their worth, “the reason why we

William Lucas, Puerto’s new councillor for commerce and economic development

have done this is because the council and Puerto were literally in dire straits.” He alleged that the two previous coalition groups seemed to spend more time arguing between themselves and within their parties than with the opposition group. “First of all they had two town halls, in which there were two mayors, two press offices etc. etc. It was noneffective and didn’t work. The politicians clashed and their pact broke.” William states that his party offered to work with them, but were, “ignored and put aside” and that the mayor, “carried on governing as if she had an overall majority”.

The situation continued for seven months, the town got dirtier and dirtier and the civil servants were unhappy, “it was impossible to work here”. Internal staff changes were creating awkward working atmospheres and there were allegations that police had been forbidden to interfere in noisy clubs even when they were breaking the law. These situations have now been reversed and reorganised. Lucas says that his party carried out market research to find out if the residents were in favour of a vote of no confidence going ahead and the overwhelming reply

was yes. “We’ve taken over because it’s our responsibility, not because we wanted to” he said. “We have just a year and a half to do what we have to do and we know it isn’t easy, but we have a very good, compact and very stable team and a great relationship between all of us. Obviously Marcos is a mayor with a lot of experience, we’re very grateful to have him leading us as he knows all the ins and outs.” He was openly critical of Lola Padrón for creating a, “bad relationship” with the national and Canarian governments, the Cabildo and Tenerife Tourism, claiming she “was off on another planet”. He went on to state that the money she supposedly got out of the national government was a farce and a smokescreen. Most of it was the Plan E, which every single council in Spain received in proportion to the number of residents. “The only money she managed to get really was six million euros for the future sports complex, which isn’t a grant it’s a loan, although at a very good rate, which we have to pay back. However it is only six million and the complex is going to cost over 24 million euros, so that six million is sitting there doing nothing because at the moment no-one is interested in investing in the scheme”, he continued. “They’ve been in power for two years and they’ve done nothing except emit smokescreens and spend money in cultural activities and fiestas, which is great,

but haven’t been advertised adequately or been effective. My obligation is to revitalise the Puer to commerce” there are already plans for a Sunday flower market in front of the town hall, more themed markets during the year and the town’s market is to get a boost. The cruise ship guided tour buses which previously only stopped at the Martiánez beach will be divided and half will now be stopping in the older part of town from November 1st, hopefully to give the visitors the chance to, “get a sense and feeling” of the older and more picturesque side of town as well as sharing the business between the areas. On street security is to receive a priority and the Martiánez project to completely revamp the area is to go ahead almost immediately. Lucas says the funds are there but they’ve just not been brought into play. As open minded as he is optimistic, Lucas is determined to forge ahead and is looking for ideas (cost effectively and preferably free or cheap) from anybody and everybody on how to improve the commerce and tourism in the town (ideas in writing to the council or via this newspaper if you prefer). William Lucas is a greatly respected member of the local business community with many years of experience and he looks set to be an enthusiastic and effective local politician. He would encourage other non Spanish residents to become more actively involved in politics. There’s a large foreign population and it’s important, “that they know there’s someone in the town hall they can relate to who speaks their language. We live here and it’s nice to be able to do something not just for the British community or just for Puerto de la Cruz but to contribute something for everybody.”

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TENERIFE It appears the gun went off inadvertently killing the boy

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Los Silos

Icod hills

Stuck on a ledge

Cog railway The council in Icod wants the town to become a pioneering municipality in providing sustainable progress by carrying out certain ambitious projects in the short term in terms of transport.

A sixty four year old man survived for two days in October stuck on a ledge in a deep ravine close to the northern town of Los Silos. The man, known as Celso, decided to take an evening wander up the Talavera gorge. He didn’t intend to be out for long but ended up trapped on a rocky ledge for 48 hours after losing his footing on a narrow track. Without food, water or something to keep him warm at night he told his rescuers that he thought the ravine would be his tomb. Luckily he had left a note for his son saying he had gone for a walk up the Talavera barranco and that he would be back soon. When the son eventually found the note he was able to point rescuers in the right direction. The police and residents had already been looking for him in and about the town. When the mountain rescue helicopter team spotted him they had to descend on ropes. When they found him he was understandably weak and only just managed to haul him up the steep side of the ravine.


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esidents in the northern towns of La Matanza and El Sauzal were stunned in October after a well known lad of sixteen was shot and killed in what appeared to have been a freak hunting accident. The shooting occurred when the boy’s father went hunting for rabbits in the upper vineyard slopes with a couple of friends, two brothers. It was when one of the brothers, a thirty six year old man, swung round at the sight of a rabbit that the boy was shot in the back at short range. The other brother ran for help but by the time the emergency

services arrived there was nothing they could do. The Guardia Civil police investigating the incident had no option and arrested the man whose shot killed the boy. Unfortunately rumours took hold, adding to the family’s anguish, that the sixteen year old had also been hunting without a license and that the shooting was not an accident at all. However the boy’s family made it quite clear that they believed it had indeed been a dreadful accident. The two families have known each other all their lives and were very close. After two days the 36 year old hunter was released pending fur-

ther investigations. His lawyer had explained his version of the tragedy to the judge. Apparently the man had been holding the gun at his waist when he turned sharply to his left after sighting a rabbit. He never actually raised the weapon to aim but had his finger on the trigger. The sharp movement made the gun go off. The boy was just three yards away and had no chance. The lawyer told the judge that all three guns carried by the men were in perfect condition and licensed and that the boy, who was not carrying any weapon, had just gone along to watch.

One of these, which to the ordinary public might appear as a long term project because of its complexity, is to construct a cog railway system running the length of the town and up to the upper regions. Another is to introduce a specific cycle lane running the length of the town. It is called a cog railway because a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a central rail to provide traction, principally to pull itself up a hill. This would appear to be just another bright idea introduced by politicians but it is said to be less noisy, does not contaminate and could be built in to existing roads, like a tram way. Another, simpler solution would be the introduction of electric buses, but the mayor thinks it is not realistic at the moment due to the hilly nature of Icod.

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Santa Cruz

Abama investigated

Chemist robberies


A Santa Cruz chemist suffered the rare distinction of being visited on two consecutive nights by burglars recently.

e n e r i f e ’s p l u s h Abama Hotel could be in trouble for closing the section of beach immediately beside it for a private function. According to the island’s Friends of Nature association, the Ministry of the Environment has launched an investigation into the hotel’s decision to use security men to seal off part of the beach to allow guests attending a high society wedding in the summer to enjoy more privacy. The wedding of a member of the Polanco family, who own the Abama, hit the headlines after local residents complained to the

police that they had been prevented from using the beach for a few days in July. The council in Guiá de Isora also came under fire at the time for banning parking in the area to make life easier for the VIPS, who included some of Spain’s top society names. The hotel is ver y popular with the rich and famous and its exclusive golf course was used by Bill Clinton during a brief visit a few years ago. Beaches in Spain are public property, and cannot be privately owned.

The chemist, which is located next to the Church of the Conception in the old part of the Tenerife capital, was broken into around the same time on both occasions but the culprits should be caught before too long given that they entered the premises without hats or masks and clear pictures were obtained by CCTV cameras. Police say they used a blunt weapon both times to smash the plate glass of the main door, in the second case less than twelve hours after it was replaced. Only money from the cash register was taken during the break-ins.

Tegueste Shots fired

Young migrants incident

The Abama hotel may be in trouble over temporary beach closure


Forest arsonist sentenced P

roof that the fight against forest fires is being taken seriously can be seen in the recent jail sentence handed down to a man from La Esperanza. The 58-year-old was found guilty of causing a blaze that destroyed four hectares of woodland in the area in

July 2008 and sentenced to four years in jail and a fine of 5,200 euros. The province’s Criminal Court also ordered him to stay away from La Esperanza for eight years on his release. The blaze was prevented from spreading up towards Mt Teide by the timely intervention of four helicopters which

were mobilised by the Canarian government and the island’s Cabildo. On the same day the ruling was made known, the Canarian government admitted an investigation into the cause of the massive blaze in La Palma this summer had failed to reach any conclusions.


Guanche mummy to stay in Madrid E

fforts by the Tenerife authorities to have the mummified remains of a native inhabitant of the island returned for permanent display in a local museum appear to have been dashed once and for all. The Spanish government has formally responded to an official request for the

Lightning strikes twice

transfer of the mummy with a detailed explanation of the risks entailed in moving the valuable cultural treasure. Culture minister Angeles González says the remains are too fragile to be taken from their current home in a Madrid museum, although she shares Tenerife’s view that the ‘guanche’ belongs in the Canaries.

Despite the setback, the island’s authorities say they have not given up the fight to persuade the government to transfer the remains, which were discovered in a cave near Güímar and have been in Madrid since the end of the 18th century, as soon as possible.

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Staffing at a home for juvenile migrants may be reviewed following another serious incident which needed police intervention to quell the disturbance. Shots were fired in the air as officers struggled to gain control of the situation, which was triggered by a group of Moroccans who ignored staff instructions and then assaulted an educator. Around a dozen residents pelted staff, passers-by and, later, police with stones and bottles near the home in the peaceful town of Tegueste. Unofficial sources say staff in several key posts at the home do not have the required credentials or training to deal with young migrants and conflict situations and may have to be replaced. The disturbance, which comes on the heels of a fire started by residents in their dormitories, brings to nearly thirty the number of violent incidents recorded in the home, which opened in 2006.

La Laguna Parkinson group

Closure threat An association in Tenerife which helps Parkinson’s Disease sufferers and their families faces closure due to financial difficulties. The association says it may have to shut due to mounting debts of over 22,000 euros which mean it cannot pay its nine employees, including a full-time social worker who has not received her wages for over three months. According to the association’s chairman, La Laguna council has still to make good its promise to provide new premises in El Cardonal which would allow it to offer its services rent-free. “We have been waiting since April to move but there is no sign of progress and we have to continue in our cramped premises, which are far too small for the therapy and leisure activities we organise for our members” said a spokesman. The association’s 250 members pay a token monthly fee which covers only a small portion of its overheads.

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The couple surprised the burglar in the room in a hotel in Playa de las Américas as he was helping himself to a watch, an MP3 player and cash. He assaulted them and made his escape from the room. However the description given by the victims led to the arrest of the raider, a 30-year-old local man from Arona, who has been charged with robbery and assault.

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Costa del Silencio

What’s the problem? A Arona mayor (centre) José Alberto González Reverón with local development councillor Dácil García and project architect Leopoldo Tabares announcing details of the plan


Work begins on urban park


ork on an extensive urban park in Costa del Silencio has just begun, and should take up to a year and a half to complete.

The new Garañaña Parque is being developed in an area that has seen unprecedented construction since the 70’s and is being underwritten by European structural funds available under the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund – and falls under the Urban Community Initiative for local and urban development in the Canary Islands 2007-2013. The fruition of this project will see the emergence of a large recreational area for residents of Garañaña and Costa del Silencio, with sporting courts, leisure and recreational areas, an amphitheatre, a skating park and skateboard zone, a running track, bicycle lanes, a climbing area, a tree covered plaza and numerous children’s playgrounds adapted to various age groups. There will also be public toilets and security cameras installed. The project will also include a number of green zones with the plans taking full account of the natural lie of the land and indigenous vegetation.

s with many areas that in the recent past have undergone rapid growth, often without a parallel growth in infrastructure and facilities, parts of San Miguel de Abona are in need of attention. While much of the local authorities attention would appear to have been focussed on the route of the proposed train from Santa Cruz, for residents of the area there are other more pressing concerns. The offices of Island Connections have been asked to provide a sorting centre for residents, ex-pats and Canarians, who have problems and issues they would like to see resolved. We are happy to do so. There is, in the planning, a public meeting to be held towards the end of January in the locality, to which representatives of local political parties will be invited. The meeting will be held in English and Spanish, and be open to residents and businesses in the area. However to facilitate the or-

The meeting will invite public representatives to answer your concerns about the area

ganisers and allow the public representatives some time to address the concerns raised, an agenda will be drawn up in advance, identifying key areas in need of attention. Already issues such as the lack of a local post office in

Las Chafiras and the state of (and responsibility for) roads in Golf del Sur have been listed – but what you would like to see discussed? If you have a particular issue that you would like to see dealt with, or a matter of

public concern that you feel should be on the agenda, write or email Island Connections (details on page 2), marking your letter/mail San Miguel Public Meeting, and we will pass on all correspondence to the organisers.



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The latest addition to Palm Mar’s gastronomic hub, Maxine’s Wine Bar & Restaurant, opens its doors on Saturday7th November.

The Guardia Civil police have been hunting for a gang of armed robbers who raided a Texaco petrol station in Tacoronte in midOctober.

First drinks will be served to a thirsty public at 6pm, with many Palm Mar residents looking forward to having a new venue in which to relax, enjoy good wine and food, and a welcoming ambiance.

Two men wearing balaclavas threatened staff at the petrol station with knives and got away with an undisclosed amount in cash. They ran to a car which had another man waiting at the wheel.

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Although the actual robber y was caught on security cameras, the car was out of sight and so the police were unable to use number plates to trace the gang. In a separate incident a few days later two men wearing masks tried to hold up a jewellers in La Orotava in broad daylight. The lady attendant at the Te Quiero jewellery shop was just opening up for

the morning when they burst in and threatened her with revolvers. The attempted robbery took place in the heart of the town at the San Agustín shopping centre. The shop assistant bravely refused to obey their orders to unlock security cabinets. She pressed the alarm button instead. Luckily for her the men immediately fled and hopped into a vehicle with false number plates.



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Charity A day of optimism and support

Socialists sack Coello T

he Socialist POSE party leader in Puerto de la Cruz, and mayor until the recent vote of no confidence at the beginning of October, has replaced the party’s spokesman, Jaime Coello. The move confir med rumours which had been building up relentlessly that Coello’s position as one of Lola Padrón’s team leaders was in jeopardy. His position as an independent member of the PSOE group, his reputation for being the most influential member of her team, and a growing belief that he was certainly more refined than his leader and her other socialist councillors in terms of intellect and capability to get things done,

Jaime Coello, ex-spokesperson for the Puerto socialists

had already caused friction within the party. However, what is rumoured to have perhaps finally made Lola Padrón take the decision to

limit Jamie Coello’s powers was his demonstration of democratic good manners when the opposition Nationalist-Conservative coalition

succeeded with their vote of no confidence against the sitting PSOE and regained the council on 8th October. At the end of that rowdy meeting, during which he had reportedly refused to act as party spokesman because of the content of the speech he had been asked to make, he infuriated the PSOE group by being mannerly enough to actually go up and congratulate the new mayor, CC Nationalist Marcos Brito. Since then pot stirrers in Puerto have been fomenting the idea that Coello may even cross the floor. Officially the new PSOE spokesperson said that Coello had only been moved aside from his previous duties and that he would continue to be part of the party’s team.


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Walk for life


he social solidarity phenomenon which is the annual Walk for Life in aid of two breast cancer charities will be taking place this year at the beginning of December.

All the people that take part in the organisation of this charity event are volunteers and 2009 has not been an easy year for anybody, which is why they have switched the date from October to December and decided to have just one walk this year in the south. The instigator and main organiser of the event Brigitte Gypen confirmed that the end of year date gives them more time to organise everything better, not just the walk but the musical events, raffle prizes and other surprises to be announced in the near future, “this year will be even more special,” she promised. Over 2,000 people made up a tide of pink along the southern coast last year and Brigitte says that this year, “will be more spectacular than ever, as we seek to break the record of participation and donations, as it has been demonstrated through our events that even though there is an economic crisis, solidarity has no limits”. This is a unique, healthy and very emotive and emotional event to collect funds to divide between the Spanish Cancer Association, AECC, and the Tenerife association for breast cancer victims, AMATE. The emphasis is on prevention, early detection, optimism, hope and support, for those who have or have had the illness and their friends and families.

How you can help Walk for Life needs sponsors to pay for balloons, t-shirts (which will bear your company’s logo too), hats, scarves and bangles. They need raffle prizes, musicians and volunteers to distribute posters and flyers and possibly to help on the day. They need you to fill in a sponsorship form with your friends and relatives and raise as much cash as you can – if you can collect it in advance all the better for logistical purposes. But most of all they need you to join in and be there, to walk once a year is to help. If you feel you can offer any assistance whatsoever, please contact Brigitte Gypen on 629 111 856 or Gina Case on 600 821 100.

Statistic Istac

Tenerife’s cheapest Tenerife has regained its place as the island with the cheapest shopping basket in the archipelago according to the latest statistics from the Canarian Statistics Institute (Istac). The ‘cheap’ spot had been taken by Gran Canaria in August, but shopping in Tenerife was cheaper the following month, with vegetables listed as the most expensive product followed by alcoholic drinks and tobacco products. La Gomera continues to be the most expensive island in which to shop, followed by El Hierro and Lanzarote.



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wards the main roll. Using the blowtorch, apply heat to the leading edge of the roll so that the roof is heated as well, slowly unrolling the asphalt as you go. This job is easier if carried out with two people, one heating and one unrolling. Repeat these steps for the remaining length. The next strip should be laid so that the unminerailsed portions overlap.

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Tenerife top

Sharm el Sheikh has risen to third spot


gypt moved up from ninth to third slot knocking Majorca out of the top three destinations for the October school holiday breaks, but Tenerife is out on top. A report by Co-operative Travel claims that Spain is losing out to non-euro destinations because of the weakness of sterling to the euro. Bookings to the popular Egyptian destination Sharm El Sheikh have increased by 142 per cent according to Coop, based on over a thousand bookings. The rise coincides with a drop in prices of over 20 per cent to the Red Sea

resort and saw their position increased from ninth to third over last year. In Tenerife, the chosen number one family destination for 2009, prices have risen by 14.7 per cent. Majorca, the family favourite for 2008 is now in fourth place. Spanish destinations, two of them in the Canaries, made up five out of this year’s top ten. Costa del Sol moved into the top ten at ninth position and Fuerteventura, last year’s tenth, is not on the list, perhaps in some part due to access problems caused by route cancellations covered extensively in this newspaper.

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The Co-op’s retail distribution director Trevor Davis made the welcome statement that, “holiday destinations like Tenerife will always be popular in October as they offer good weather with relatively short flight times”. However he underlined, “there has been a shortage of late deals this year and with the euro still high, families are looking further afield for value for money. Resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh also benefit from having a large selection of allinclusive hotels, so families can budget for their holiday before they travel.” Davis claims that Co-op

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Spanish winner research, “shows that 82 per cent of families stick to European destinations because they are worried about the complications of travelling with children and also because of family unfriendly practices like low baggage allowances that fail to account for the extra needs of family groups”. They have extended free children’s places and increased the luggage allowance on selected holidays to encourage parents to take their children abroad. They have also introduced Family Package Upgrades on selected holidays where families get priority check in and boarding with grouped seating guaranteed.

The top ten family destinations and their average selling prices for the October half term, based on two adults and one child were as follows: Tenerife £1,741, Dalaman £1,141, Sharm El Sheikh £1,898, Majorca £1,137, Lanzarote £1,517, Larnaca £1,740, Costa Blanca £1,164, Algarve £1,375, Costa del Sol £1,456 Crete £1,520.

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For the first time in its 16 year history a Spanish company has walked off with the World Travel Award for best travel agent. Viajes Iberia was voted the 2009 award which is considered in the trade to be a travel Oscar. A delighted Director General, Enrique Riera, declared that the prize had been awarded to the company, “in recognition of our concentration on quality and excellence”. He thanked Viajes Iberia customers, “because if we are now the best agency in Europe it’s because our clients are the best in Europe,” adding, “thank you for choosing quality, excellence and excitement in your holidays. Thanks for wanting to make your holiday a unique experience, for making tourism a way of life and for choosing Viajes Iberia.”

Plan 2000E Vehicle grants

More cash for cars Plan 2000E is to have 40 million euros more to continue its successful work in taking environmentally damaging vehicles off the road and boosting the motor industry. There was a mad scramble to purchase new vehicles as it became clear that funds were running low from the initial 100 million euro allowance, but the new amount should mean cheaper purchases for around 80,000 more vehicles this year and ministry officials are getting together with the various sectors affected to define a new plan for 2010. The success of the Plan 2000E which gives grant aid for the purchase of new and second hand vehicles to those scrapping existing old or well used ones, has surprised even the ministry. From 50 per cent cuts in sales on the previous year’s figures some areas have seen an increase of 18 per cent on the month by month statistics as at the end of September. The continuance of the direct grant assistance coincides with similar decisions taken in France, the UK and Italy.


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Educational holidays According to marketing research company, Mintel, more and more holidaymakers are looking for holidays where they can learn something. Hoteliers and tourism departments take note that a growing number of British tourists, now standing at 36 per cent, believe that learning new things about their holiday destination is an important part of their vacation. A fifth stated that they enjoyed learning new skills whilst on holiday and 59 per cent claimed to have visited a museum. An educational holiday doesn’t need to be highbrow, it’s not all about museums, art galleries or concert halls, you can also learn new skills whilst on holiday. Mintel’s research showed that 11 per cent of tourists have learned a new game or sport, nine per cent have studied a language and another 13 per cent have acquired another skill whilst taking their annual break.

Iberia may withdraw flights to the Canaries


he Spanish airline which for many years has been known as having the highest paid staf f, Iberia, has put into action a strong cost cutting plan. Facing what a spokesperson called the, “most dramatic situation in the history of the airline industry,”

Of those questioned, 27 per cent said they would like to learn a language whilst on holiday and a further 24 per cent opted for other skills such as photography, dancing or cooking. Imagine learning to prepare Chinese food in Hong Kong, how to tango in Buenos Aires or perhaps learn how to make the most of your digital camera in some of the stunning and so very varied landscapes of the Canaries. Many tourists opt to take up a new sport and golf, surfing and scuba diving are among the most popular activities that holidaymakers enjoy learning. Enotourism (visiting wine bodegas and vineyards) is increasingly popular and could and should be something which we are offering our tourists.

the company are embarking on a belt tightening exercise, but have no plans for major cuts in staff. This reduction in costs is set to save an expected 20 per cent of jobs and 37 million euros per year in addition to the 200 million already reduced under an earlier plan. The majority of jobs may be

safe but salaries are frozen for, “the whole company” for the next two years, the emergency employment plan to shed 200 handling jobs will go ahead and all cabin crew over 55 will face early retirement. Iberia also plans a new airline for short and medium flights to enhance their cur-

rent long haul offer. The new company is expected to be in operation by 2011. On the other hand, long haul flights will be increased and promoted more aggressively with special attention to businesses, ethnic groups and tour operators, with urgent measures being taken to improve the ser vice.


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he recent news, reported above, that Spain’s biggest airline Iberia is to create a separate company to cover short and medium-haul routes to allow it to concentrate on its Latin America business has triggered fears that it may withdraw flights

The trend opens up massive opportunities for open minded and quick witted businessmen and women and it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, makes the most of it.

to the Canaries. Airline sources say the growing competition from Spanair, Air Europa and low-cost carriers, including Ryanair, which is now operating to the Canaries from the mainland, could force Iberia to pull out at least partially and downsize its domestic

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Flights for sight

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Dress for Less We’ve discovered a great website for bargains in designer clothes and accessories.

J Managing Director, Ian Doubtfire, has a new goal in addition to the continuous build up of flights to the Canaries, he’s running a marathon for Orbis.

Check out for discounts of up to 50 per cent on top brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Diesel, DKNY, Levi’s and Ralph Lauren. Clothes for him, her or the children, from the inside out and lots of lovely accessories including hats, scarves, gloves and a massive selection of bargain shoes.

Orbis is a non-profit organisation which helps to fight blindness in developing countries. It is perhaps best known for its ‘Flying Eye Hospital’ an ophthalmic hospital and teaching unit onboard a DC10 jet. Volunteer pilots fly the plane and its international medical team around the world to teach urgently needed sight-saving skills and local patients are given free treatment during the training. There are 45 million blind people worldwide, 90 per cent of them in developing countries and 80 per cent of that blindness could have been prevented with the right treatment and some can still be treated. Ian felt that he had to do something and is running the 26 miles, 385 yards in the Cayman Islands on December 6th to raise funds for the volunteer manned charity and fulfil a lifetime goal. If you would like to make a contribution, no matter how small, to help someone recover their sight, please visit http://www.justgiving. com/IanDoubtfire/.

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ccording to the latest figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE), Canarian families are the least likely to make it to to the end of the month financially. The results of a nationwide questionnaire on living conditions, carried out last year, found that nearly 80 per cent of Canarian families did not

have the economic resources to cover all their regular costs on a monthly basis, higher than any other part of Spain. The national figure overall was almost 60 per cent, though sources in the INE pointed out that the survey was taken between April and June of last year, before the recessions’ depths were reached, and the national figure was probably above

60 per cent in the second half of the year. Nearly 70 per cent of families in Andalusia were also repor ted to be finding it impossible to survive on available means, followed by those in Murcia. The survey also showed that almost one in five persons living in Spain live below the poverty line, with the highest concentration registered in Extremadura

followed by Andalusia, with the regions suffering least appearing to be Navarra (6.5 per cent) and the Basque Country (8.5 per cent). The sur vey also found that 33.5 per cent of Spanish families can only holiday away from home for one week in the year. Almost half of those asked also said they have no way of meeting unexpected costs.

Adeje’s department of economic development, under the guidance of councillor Ermitas Moreira García, have designed a local business data base which will allow public authorities as well as borough based companies to develop initiatives and plans designed to create employment and evolve joint strategies. According to Moreira “one of the key priorities for this council is to work for continuing development and growth”, in a co-ordinated fashion, which will benefit everyone in the borough. The creation of this data base, will have the capacity to include infor-

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Sterling in trouble again By Bill Blevins, Chief Executive, Blevins Franks


he Sterling to Euro exchange seems to be going from bad to worse and various commentators have warned that the currencies could reach parity over the next six months or so. As the signs of economic recovery began to take hold, many British expatriates would have hoped it would follow that the exchange rate would improve. Not only is that not the case, but low interest rates also look set to hound us for a while yet. But it’s not all bad news. Both equity and bond markets have performed very well since March, helping investors compensate for exchange rate losses. There are concerns that the UK will lag other economies in the global recovery, which does not make the UK an attractive proposition for foreign investors. The UK’s quantitative easing programme and low interest rate policy also both weigh on Sterling. Another factor troubling Sterling is the BoE’s appar-

ent lack of concern about its weakness. Governor Mervyn King has been quoted as saying the Pound’s weakness is “helpful” in rebalancing the economy towards more export driven growth – which

was interpreted as a sign that the Bank has adopted a policy of ‘benign neglect’. Expatriates won’t be encouraged by various predictions of Sterling reaching parity against the Euro. Analysts

at AXA, RBS, Caxton FX and BNP Paribas have all warned that we could see parity over the coming months. If you are a retired expatriate, you may be able to transfer your private pen-

sions into a QROPS (Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme). One key benefit is the ability to hold the fund and receive the income in any currency of your choice – you need never worry about exchange rate movements again. As a Eurozone resident, you would ideally hold a large enough portion of your savings and investments in Euros to meet your liabilities for a few years. Understandably, many expatriates haven’t wanted to exchange large sums when the exchange rate has been poor. However, as it’s unlikely to return to pre-2008 levels we need to re-evaluate what a ‘decent’ exchange rate is. Those who exchanged at €1.20 will be pleased they did if the Pound continues to slip further. If you have savings sitting in a bank account and earning you precious little interest you could use this cash to generate higher retur ns and help compensate for currency losses. Many bond funds, for example, are paying an attractive level of interest and also have the potential for long– term capital growth. You can also consider equities, which outperform other assets over

the longer term. While there are concerns about the UK lagging other nations in the recovery, you can opt for a portfolio of European, US and global equities which can be denominated in Sterling or Euros as you prefer. While you don’t have control over exchange rates, you do have control over how your savings and investments are set up and possibly over your private pensions. Speak to an experienced financial adviser like Blevins Franks to discuss your options and what would work for you.

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House Calls with HouseCalls Dr. De La Flor

Dear Doctor I’ve recently noticed that my stomach feels bloated and I’ve been passing gas more often than usual. I’m not eating anything new and don’t understand what could be causing it and how to make it stop. CHEERS, ARTHUR

Dear Arthur, Gas, burping, and bloating are all normal conditions, collateral effects from our metabolism. Gas is produced in the stomach and intestines as your body breaks down food into energy. Bloating, which is a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, can make you uncomfor table and lengthen the digestion time and its performance. Changing what you ingest can sometimes cut down on gas and relieve discomfort caused by gas and avoid the use of medication. Burping three to four times after eating a meal is normal and is usually caused by swallowing air. Other causes of burping include ner vous habits or other medical conditions, such as an ulcer or a gallbladder problem. All people pass gas, including royal families and aristocrats, but some people produce more gas than others and some are more careful in the way and place they do ‘release their emotions’! Common causes of gas and bloating include: S w a l l o w e d a i r . If

swallowed air is not burped up, it passes through the digestive tract and is released through the anus as flatus. Excessive air swallowing may cause hiccups. Foods and beverages as well as many medicines and dietary supplements.

Causes of dyspepsia can vary from minor to serious. Occasionally, a person may dismiss serious symptoms, such as symptoms of a heart attack, as “just gas or indigestion”. Make sure you have a lengthy conversation with your GP to rule out any underlying condition.

Constipation. This can cause bloating but generally does not increase gas.

Dear Doctor

Changes in hormone levels. It is common for women to have bloating right before their periods because their bodies retain fluid. Dyspepsia is a medical term that is used to describe a vague feeling of fullness, gnawing, or burning in the chest or upper abdomen, especially after eating. A person may describe this feeling as ‘gas’. Other symptoms may occur at the same time, such as belching, rumbling noises in the abdomen, increased flatus, poor appetite, and a change in bowel habits.

My sister just star ted a diet that is based on blood types. I’d like to lose some weight too and wonder what your opinion of this type of diet is. SINCERELY, WENDY

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not think that not doing so is making you less likely to have extraordinary health. One of the top independent nutrition researches in the world states “I know of no plausible rationale behind this diet.” Let’s assume for a minute you are like me, a blood type O (“for old,” as in humanity’s oldest blood line!). Theoretically, our digestive tract retains the memory of ancient times, so our metabolism will benefit from lean meats, poultry, and fish…. Who doesn’t? You’re advised to restrict grains, breads, and legumes, and to exercise vigorously. Well, I do enjoy a daily moderate run (is that bad then?) and I do have legumes almost daily (is that bad too?). The same researcher af firms that “I’m type O and apparently I should be feasting over roadkill. Well, that doesn’t work for me because I don’t like too much meat. Truly, like in many other instances about food supplements, gadgets of all sorts…the philosophy behind it is selling and the physiology obscure and lacking in science.” My advice: No diets! A sound, well-rounded nutritional plan that fits your needs, likes and dislikes, social and cultural background needs is what works! And for those trying to lose weight … Success in weight control, like many things in life is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration.

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Vaccines next month Swine flu vaccines will be administered across Spain from 16th November. According to the department of health a nationwide vaccination programme will begin simultaneously on that date. High risk groups, who will be among the first to be vaccinated, will include health workers, those in essential services, pregnant women (who will receive a vaccine which does not contain adjuvant – a chemical which boosts the effectiveness of a vaccine), and those over six months old who suffer from a chronic health condition. At the moment one dose will be administered per person but the government says it has reserves for a second vaccination for up to 40 per cent of the population if needed.


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Gran Canaria

Learning to communicate

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he regional department of health has just produced a new book, in Spanish, Aprender a comunicar: Comunicación es prevención (Learn to communicate: communication is prevention).

Part of the department’s general addiction prevention plan, the programme uses the family setting as somewhere ideal to tackle problems of this nature. The home is identified as a place where children should be able to be shown a healthier way of living, helped to take decisions and encouraged to develop their self esteem and self control. The establishment of ongoing dialogue within the family unit is also seen as essential in the detection of possible risk situations. The department have published 1,500 copies of the book which are accompanied by a CD containing teaching aids for the programme which will be used in training parents in groups of 15 -30 under the direction of monitors specialising in health education and social intervention methodology. The books will be


distributed through parents associations (AMPAS), and secondary schools with distribution coordinated by the department.

The programme is designed to help parents identify problems their children may be having, including drug related ones The programme is designed for parents of children between the ages of three and 18 years and is based on a few basic pillars: • Valuing and prioritising the education and physi-

cal and emotional health of children as a fundamental part of personal and social growth • Make more time for our children • Learning to use communication technology • Developing empathy with our children • Getting to know our children and being interested in the things that are important in their lives, their dreams, their ambitions, their friends..... • Getting to know the parents of their friends and developing a friendly relationship with them which will help in establishing communal norms, such as behaviour, social and 'going out' times, weekend activities, health and social norms, etc • Being a healthy role model • Strengthening self affirmation in our children • Showing our children how to tackle and resolve problems and face them in a rational manner

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new voluntary programme in Gran Canaria called Te Leo has been put into action by the Cabildo’s Culture and Heritage department which aims to bring story reading to groups of people with special characteristics who do not have access to books for one reason or another. The initial group of 32 volunteers will act as story readers in social health centres, hospitals, old people’s homes, prisons and youth detention centres, bringing books to those who cannot read for pleasure. The scheme is on trial for a period of three months and the volunteers, within

the reading development plan Leer es Vital (to read is vital) have undergone basic training in reading to audiences and capturing their attention. A total of 80 people have registered for the programme, a number which is likely to be reduced to 32 after the trial period. Readings will take place at 13 centres in the municipalities of Santa Brígida, Arucas, Telde, Moya, Valleseco, Santa Lucía and Las Palmas and in subsequent editions the area involved will be extended. There is already a long waiting list of would-be volunteer readers. The reading material has been selected by Gran Canaria’s island library. According to their coordinator Zoraida Rodríguez,

the selected texts are all, “short stories which unite fun and plots which attract the attention of the listeners”. She pointed out that mainly, the stories chosen represent styles of all periods, and include classics such as Moby Dick, Treasure Island and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, as well as stories by a selection of contemporary authors including the most significant in Canarian, national and international literature. A significant amount of poetry, theatrical texts and children’s stories have been included. It’s a full and varied programme which aims to promote reading as a habit amongst the inhabitants of Gran Canaria.

Health survey

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he ministry for health and the Canarian statistics institute have begun a health survey which entails visiting 4,600 homes and consulting 6,000 Canarians.

The survey will provide information about main health problems affecting the population and their distribution and frequency, as well as lifestyle habits which may be risk factors. A total of 26 survey officials will call at the selected Canarian homes whose inhabitants will have previously received a letter of notification. At each home, one or two surveys will be carried out, with the permission of the occupants, first on an adult member of the family and secondly on a youngster aged 16 or less if the family unit has

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The book is an intervention manual with a programme designed for parents and teachers who want to improve their relationship with their children when it comes to preventing problems, not just in the area of drug consumption, but also, in general, regarding physical, mental and social health.

one or more children within this age group. The answers obtained will be recorded via a Pen-Tablet computer and will be treated as strictly confidential. Analysis of the information gained will enable the health authorities to plan, evaluate and introduce strategies which will benefit everyone. People whose homes have been selected for this survey can consult

the ministry of health by telephone on 900 855 440 from 9am to 9pm, email or visit the web pages www.gobiernodecanarias/sanidad/scs or www. istac. The survey must be completed by the end of January 2010 to allow for analysis.


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Acupuncture By Nicola Roberts


cupuncture is a traditional Chinese health treatment which spread to Japan in the sixth centur y.

Stone acupuncture needles have been found in inner Mongolia in tombs dating back to 2500BC and the earliest written account of acupuncture appears in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates from around 200BC and is the oldest comprehensive text book. In China, acupuncture has been a major part of primary health care for the last 5,000 years. In its early days, patients paid the doctor as long as they were well and stopped paying him when they got sick. To the Chinese, a sick man visiting an acupuncturist is comparable to a thirsty man starting to dig a well. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine spread to Japan but it wasn’t until the 17th century that French missionaries brought it to the West. They gave it its modern name, acupuncture, from the Latin roots acus (needle) and puncture (puncture) which literally means needle piercing. Acupuncture had become the ‘new cure’ in the West and doctors in and around Europe formed study groups and performed experiments to find explanations of the workings of this ‘miracle treatment’. In the 70s, a New York Times columnist wrote about his appendix operation with the use of acupuncture instead of conventional anaesthesia, and acupuncture exploded on the American medical scene. Now acupuncture has become so popular among conventional doctors in the West that many now use it alongside and in conjunction with Western medicine. It has been shown to always work best when it is kept within the realms of the Chinese tradition in which it is so firmly ‘at home’. The main difference between Western and Eastern health care is that in China health care is seen in terms of prevention – you go to the doctor when there isn’t anything wrong with you to ensure that you maintain good health. The ancient Chinese believe that we are all born with a specific amount of energy circulating in our bodies, called chi or qi (pronounced chee). This energy is said to flow throughout the body along a series of meridians or channels below the skin. The amount of chi is determined by heredity, but how we live our lives also influences our

chi. We enhance our store of energy by taking care of ourselves; we add to our energy by eating the right foods. It also should be supported with proper exercise, and breathing clean air. Our chi can be depleted by inappropriate living habits. The Chinese see that illness can occur when these energies become unbalanced, but the acupuncturist can stimulate the body to correct itself by inserting fine stainless steel needles into particular points along these channels (meridians). The needles are very fine and should not hurt.

The Chinese see the stresses of life that lead to imbalance or disease as: * the six excesses: wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and fire (Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of elements).

* the seven moods: joy, anger, anxiety, obsession, fear, horror and sorrow.

* Intemperance in eating and drinking. * Too little or too much sexual activity. * Too little or too much exercise or work (or, in this ‘new age’, too much or too little contemplation). Any of these stresses and excesses can block the flow of chi in different parts of the body, or the meridians. Illness is an excess of deficiency in the energies in the body – an energy imbalance. They say that death is the absence of, or total depletion of this energy. Acupuncture has its own highly developed body of knowledge. To be properly used, it has to be based on a comprehensive medical education. There are three types of acupuncture used today:

* Traditional acupuncture A preventive medicine for creating and maintaining health, usually practised in conjunction with all forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques – using herbs, food, exercise, breathing and massage in a holistic approach to health. This traditional five element acupuncture takes three years to study and qualifies the practitioner to give complete constitutional treatment.

* Symptomatic or First Aid Acupuncture –


a formula approach for temporary relief of pain or discomfort without diagnosing the cause.

* Anaesthetic Acupuncture The use of needles instead of, or together with, anaesthesia during surgery, a technique pioneered in the 20th century by the Chinese who integrated Western and Traditional Chinese medicines. We Westerners discovered a little later on that there is a place for both. According to the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), there are around 500 recognised acupuncture points in the body, of which 100 are most commonly used. It is effective in the treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis, addictions, asthma, skin problems, infer tility, aches and pains, migraines, menstr uation and menopause problems, depression and anxiety. Acupuncture is recommended for chronic conditions which do not respond to other treatments, gastrointestinal ailments and conditions related to inflammation and lack of mobility in joints. Much of the initial consultation will be devoted to a detailed diagnosis. Successful acupuncture treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis, so every consultation begins with the four types of examination which are: looking, asking, listening, smelling and touching. The length of treatment depends on the type of illness involved, its duration, your age, and your individual healing abilities. Normally you should see some noticeable improvement after three of four treatments. Nicola Roberts is the owner of Bellissima Hair and Beauty in Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan and San Eugenio Alto. For information or appointments please call 922 867 343, 697 902 361 or 922 719 355.

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Best foot forward


unich, the family owned shoemaking company from Barcelona, have a new range of footwear for the winter season. Their outdoor and sports shoes for all the family which would make wonderful Christmas presents are finished in top quality leather in a variety of colours, in sizes to fit the tiniest toddlers to adults. This is quality footwear to suit the most demanding customer, combining design with comfort. Order online from where UK sizes are shown. There is no shipping charge for items priced in euros.


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WestCoast Tenerife


Tenerife South West


Why this part of the island is most definitely a ‘des res’ zone. Page 26


Ringing in the changes

How the completion of Tenerife’s ring road will benefit businesses and commuters. Page 28

The Secret Paradise in Los Gigantes


Making movies

MiradasDoc, Guía places Tenerife on the international documentary stage. Page 29


Chinyero anniversary Marking 100 years since the eruption of the Chinyero volcano. Page 30

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hen the rush to acquire property and construct holiday homes and hotels in South Tenerife was at its height, and Playa de Las Américas was experiencing the kind of boom that saw almost unrestricted building in the zone, one area just outside the epicentre of the rush to construct was quietly growing and developing at a much more considered pace.

Tenerife’s South West coast was being discovered by an ex-pat population that didn’t want the hurly burly of high rise buildings, parties by

the beach and pubs and clubs that would stay open well into the wee hours. For many the breath-taking beauty of the cliffs of Los Gigantes were far more enticing than the coast of Los Cristianos and Las Américas, and slowly but steadily the ex-pat population increased and integrated in the zone. As people got to know the area, and the area’s own population also grew and began to see the huge potential and incredible natural beauty this part of the coast had to offer, the area, from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes, changed and evolved, and today is very much a sought after zone. If you have never

visited the area you are missing out on knowing an idyllic part of this lovely island, which in recent years has also benefited from local funding and infrastructural development at local, regional and insular level. The zone now boasts an extremely pleasant coastal walk from Playa San Juan through to Fonsalía, with well placed viewpoints, some terrific playgrounds and access points to beaches and the sea. Playa Santiago, Playa de la Arena and Los Gigantes have also managed to maintain their individuality whilst seeing developments along

the coast and sea front, with the excellent marina in Los Gigantes continuing to attract residents and tourists, as well as the well maintained string of beaches along this particular stretch. Shopping, eating out and entertainment is also very well catered for, with an enviable range of restaurants and bars as well as new shopping centres serving the local and visiting populations. Local authorities have been very positively instrumental in redefining parts of the west coast as a luxury zone too, and the opening of the Abama Golf & Spa Resort a number of years ago

(recently acquired by the Ritz Carlton group), coupled with the more recent inauguration of the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora have seen an influx of five star visitors of an international hue, including at least one US President. Bill Clinton was more than pleased with the golf links at Abama when he passed this way a year or two ago, as were tennis stars Bjorn Borg and Pat Cash who were among the stars taking part in the inaugural Tenerife Seniors Tennis cup in Abama. For residents too the zone has seen an explosion of well placed cultural and commercial innovations, with new

centres and auditorio funded by the councils in Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide. Beaches have also been upgraded, and both councils have also made huge strides in the kinds of activities on offer to both local residents and visitors. On an insular level too, the current work on the final phase of the Tenerife ring road, which should ease commercial access to zones in the two boroughs, as well as the projected development of Fonsalía as a commercial port and marina, will only further enhance the South West as somewhere with a highly attractive investment potential.

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Politically correct


Issues take precedence

The mayors of the region together with representatives of CEST

The new ring road It will clearly benefit the south west of the island, making it much easier for both holidaymakers and residents to access the north. Currently the only options available are to take the long way round by travelling to Adeje to join the TF-1 motorway and access the north

via Santa Cruz, or undertake the arduous journey through Tamaimo, Santiago del Teide and El Tanque which involves potentially dangerous winding mountain roads which are quite narrow in places. The new ring road will start in the south at the end of the TF-1 motorway in Adeje, where a new flyover is under construction. It will run through to GuĂ­a de Isora (also providing a link to the proposed port at FonsalĂ­a between Playa San Juan and AlcalĂĄ), and on to Chio, Santiago del Teide, El Tanque, Icod de los Vinos, San Juan de la Rambla and Los Realejos where it will join up with the

TF-5 motorway. On the Adeje to Santiago del Teide stretch alone, the new road will cross 19 ravines and circle various protected areas such as Chio’s area of European Community Importance and the protected landscape of Erques. There have been many protests against the construction of this new road, but generally, according to a market survey, a high percentage of Tenerife residents are eager for the project to be completed. For those who live on one side of the island and work on the other, or simply have to travel frequently, the good news is that the completed ring road

is expected to significantly reduce their journey time and whether or not you are a driver, it will ensure speedier bus services between the south west and the north. The proposed port at FonsalĂ­a is being designed to be the main ferry port for the south, so the south west will theoretically benefit from some of the visitors which Los Cristianos currently enjoys, even if it is only passing traffic. The reality is that the project has led to a massive improvement in infrastructures in the affected area, including the new Gran MĂŠlia Palacio de Isora hotel at AlcalĂĄ.

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Certainly this situation was a lot worse in the past, despite the fact that tourism, concentrated in this part of Tenerife, was contributing so much to the island’s coffers. But in recent years there has been a very open and welcome coming together of the more inuential political and private powers-that-be to work in a co-ordinated way for the improvement of the region. Spurred on in recent years by the collapse of an arterial bridge linking Guía de

In a move that has been generally welcomed the mayors of all the boroughs from Vilaor to Arico, San Miguel de Abona, Granadilla, Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora, Santiago del Teide, along with CEST, the circle of businesses in South Tenerife, have come together to work on a number of projects relevant to the region, putting pressure on the island and regional government regarding matters such as roads, health service provision and the still-in-construction public hospital for the south, the airport runway, ports, and services in general.



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ork is already under way in Tenerife on the new island ring road, which has been designed to provide a continuous dual carriageway all around the island. In the south west you will see much evidence of this long awaited project.

For both Canarian and foreign residents of the south and south west coast of Tenerife there is probably one ongoing gripe they have in common – the consistent manner in which this part of the island is overlooked in favour of the north when it comes to funding and prioritising insular projects.

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GUĂ?A DE ISORA Playa San Juan

SW Tenerife’s cultural hotspot

New Lions Club Early in the new year (2010), Lions Clubs International are hoping to create a new club which will be the first in the GuĂ­a de Isora area. The club will be English speaking, although all nationalities will be welcome, both men and women.


n recent years GuĂ­a de Isora has developed into something of a cultural focus for the region, combining a healthy dose of public funding and support for initiatives with local and insular artistic contributions, and attracting audiences from way beyond the borough’s boundaries. Under the guidance of mayor Pedro MartĂ­n, GuĂ­a de Isora has evolved into a very attractive social centre, and like many par ts of the South West of Tenerife has made great strides in combining the area’s older more traditional rural roots with the new multi-cultural population that has recognised the attractions of the zone, from the coast up to the busy town of GuĂ­a de Isora itself, with an excellent range of festivals and fairs that invite participation from local residents and those outside the region too. On an international scale as well GuĂ­a de Isora has become a recognised name in many cultural circles, and certainly this is true of the world of documentary cinema. The borough recently hosted the IV edition of MiradasDoc, an international festival of documentary films, in the town’s auditorium, the theme of participating films being, in a sense, to look at the world without the use of rose coloured glasses and to see the truth in our existence. More than 70 films were on offer to a very interested public during the week long festival, concentrating on giving people the chance to see a world “different from the one that is normally projected by the communications mediaâ€?, according to the festival’s direc-

Lions Clubs are charitable groups which hold events to raise money for local and international concerns. This club will be focusing on holding open social events, weekly or bi-weekly, based in the Playa San Juan area. Explanatory meetings are to be convened in November and December for all interested parties. For more information, call Alan Glaves on 669 838 846, or Ken Ward 647 247 800.

Council contact GuĂ­a de Isora Mayor:Pedro Manuel MartĂ­n DomĂ­nguez

The festival’s director Alejandro Krawietz

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Playa San Juan Avenida de Venezuela Tel: 922865696 Hours 8am – 2pm, Mon - Fri

Film festival goers on the opening night

tor Alejandro Krawietz. The festival, he explained, aimed to shatter the comfor table perceptions of the West regarding the realities of the rest of the world, those perceptions being fed by misinformation and confusing messages sent to the public. Films from all over the world were screened, with the festival



opener, Mundo Alas, shown in the presence of two of its three directors, SebastiĂĄn Schindel and Fernando Molnar, describing a journey taken by a group of young artists with various handicaps through different par ts of Argentina. During the festival films from France, Belgium, Egypt (the invited ‘guest’ country), Mexico, Ven-

ezuela, Germany, Senegal and Spain were also screened to a receptive public.. According to Krawietz this year’s festival was also important in opening a new avenues for the Canarian audiovisual sector as one that is strategically placed globally, and developing contacts with the international film market.

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100 years since Chinyero eruption


he Santiago del Teide council has planned a programme of activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the last eruption of the Chinyero volcano. This eruption took place between November 18th and 28th 1909, at the Abeque peak. Chinyero was the first Canarian volcano whose evolution

Santiago del Teide

has been monitored on a daily basis, hour by hour, in local, national and international press. It was also the first Canarian eruption to be filmed, and the images were circulated throughout Europe together with rigorous scientific studies undertaken by specialists of the time. This eruption marked a significant change in the way this

phenomenon in the Canaries was both seen and understood, in the way civil and military authorities responded and in the resources used to minimise the associated risks. Carrier pigeons played a significant part in the operation as they were used to carry messages from the start to the end of the eruption. This is why their image is used as a


symbol which helps to identify this event. Largely for the benefit of the people of the area, the Santiago del Teide council created the Commission of the Centenario del Chinyero, which not only includes representatives of the council, but of residents associations and cultural groups, as well as school teachers and members of the scientific com-

munity such as the University of La Laguna or ITER. To commemorate this centenar y the commission has planned a series of acts and scientific, educational, cultural and religious activities which are taking place in Santiago del Teide and other municipalities across the island, reaching a climax on November 18th. On this day there will be a


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reception for the authorities at the council offices who will later go on a guided tour of the Chinyero area where a number of pigeons will be set free, to signify that they were indeed used as message runners. Following this act, the renovated Casa del Patio, which houses a visitors’ centre called Volcan Chinyero, will be of ficially inaugurated. They will also be able to visit the permanent Chinyero exhibition which contains information from all points of view regarding the development and evolution of the landscape associated with the eruption of 1909. Religious fervour is a large part of this celebration. According to tradition, despite their fear at the time of the eruption, the local people were filled with faith and courage as they carried the images of the crucified Christ and several saints in procession and planted these images in front of the flow of lava which was approaching Los Baldios. Miraculously the lava advanced another 20 metres and then totally stopped. This pilgrimage will be recreated on November 15th when the images will be carried from Tamaimo to El Calvario at Las Manchas, a trip of seven kilometres, just as the people did 100 years ago to stop the lava flow. The objective of all this is to preser ve the memor y of an event which 100 years ago marked the histor y of not only the district of Santiago del Teide, but of the whole of Tenerife.

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SHOWING DAILY AT 17.15 Cast Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Karel Roden, Jimmy Bennett Director Jaume Collet-Serra Genre Terror Country Canada

The South Beach Cocktail Bar

Womad Puerto Colón

World of Music &Dance

Chill Out / Live Sports / Entertainment

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normality in their lives, they decide to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther. This seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late - for everyone.


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1. Manuel Carrasco/ Malu Que nadie 2. David Bisbal Esclavo de sus besos 3. Black Eyed Peas I got a feeling 4. A.Sanz/Alicia Keys Looking for paradise 5. Shakira Loba 6. La Quinta Estación Recuerdame 7. Beyonce Halo 8. Pitbull I know you want me 9. Nelly Furtado Manos al aire 10. David G. Kelly Rowland When loves takes over


f you can’t actually get under the boardwalk down by the sea in Puerto Colón, Playa de las Américas, you can head for a fantastic new hostelry which can offer you all you could want and more from a beach-side bar. After all, when all is said and done, enjoying the sun, sea, and good company outdoors at any time of the year is one of the huge pleasures and plusses of living, working or visiting Tenerife. Where else can you be guaranteed glorious sunsets pretty much any day of the year, not to mention the excellent cocktails, great service and more than reasonable prices you’ll find

at the South Beach Cocktail Bar. Previously the Vibes bar, near El Faro, the new owners are keen to reassure regulars to the Puerto Colón area that the venue has shaken off its old mantle and is new in all but location – new name, new owners, new look, new feel, new clients, and most definitely new vibe! Whether you’re coming off the beach for a sun-break or catching the afternoon rays with your mates, this is the place to be. The South Beach Cocktail Bar is a family venue during the day, where you can relax and enjoy the sea breezes, and as the evening approaches enjoy a spectacular sunset, some great drinks which won’t leave a hole in your

wallet and the promise of chill out time after your busy day, whether it’s been at the beach, the pool or the office. As much for residents as holiday makers, and given its prime location in Puerto Colón, the South Beach Cocktail Bar will be the place to go for that all important wind-down time on a Friday, bridging the gap between work and weekend, a most important social function! Perfect too as a pre-night club warm up venue, the bar is also the ideal choice for all sports events, from football to Formula One, and shows UK Premiership and Spanish Liga games – and with CD Tenerife supporters happy to sport their

colours in the area, this is an excellent choice for Saturday or Sunday match time viewing as you enjoy a cold one on the terrace. Night time is chill out time, with the large terrace bar offering all you could want for an excellent evening out. With a relaxed music policy, and the promise of some terrific live acts in the near future, the South Beach Cocktail Bar is part of the new wave of offering quality premises and service to residents and locals – all part of keeping Tenerife at the top of the holiday destination list. So for day time fun, the evening wind-down or night time delights visit the South Beach Cocktail Bar and kick back and relax.


OMAD returns to the Canary Islands this November for another weekend of music, arts and dance from around the globe – with all the action taking place in the Parque de Santa Catalina in Las Palmas, just 200 metres from the Playa de las Canteras, one of the island’s longest and most spectacular beaches.

This year, WOMAD Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will feature performances by many artists from around the world eager to share their music with you, DJ sessions, workshops for adults and children alike, plus, a Global Market and the Children’s Procession, which will take place on Sunday afternoon. As usual WOMAD brings together an eclectic mix of artists from all over the world, the WOMAD philosophy being the coming together of the World of Music and Dance. Headliners include Bibi Tanga and the Selenite, from Central Africa/France, Eliades Ochoa from Cuba and Imelda May, from Ireland. All events are free courtesy of local public and private sponsorship. More on festivals/canarias/

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Hooray for Titsa Dear Editor


oo often we moan about things that go wrong and don’t give praise where praise is due. I went for the bus from Puer to de la Cruz to the Southern airport recently and was most agreeably surprised at the attitude of the bus driver. There have been some changes in times and timetables recently and instead of ignoring four German passengers who seemed to be waiting for another ser vice he asked them where they were going. When he found they were bound for Las Américas he made it known to them that his own bus was a direct ser vice that ended in Los Cristianos, but the next bus to their destination didn’t leave for two and a half hours. Grateful for the information they boarded the bus. When he realised that they had no bono bus discount pass, although the office was

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Chinese Horoscope

closed, he simply asked them for 30 euros and got someone to open the bono bus ticket office and took out a 30 euros bono pass. Although the travellers will never know, their unknown benefactor saved them between 14 and 18 euros. Three cheers for the long distance driver and his thoughtfulness for these disorientated tourists. I just wish there were more like him around. SINCERELY BARBARA ELLIS LOS REALEJOS

Taxation Dear Editor


was ver y surprised by what I read in an article in your paper about taxation and the imports taxes in the Canaries.

Firstly, as far as I am aware, VAT and IGIC are indirect taxes, not direct taxes, the difference between an indirect

tax and a direct tax is if the government or the tax office takes out the money directly from the subject (direct tax) or through an intermediary (indirect tax). Secondly the import taxes in the Canary Islands, like AIEM, are not because of the lower indirect tax, the import taxes are because of protecting the local industry (at least in spirit, what politicians actually do is another matter). I hope this short explanation can help you in the future. REGARDS, MACON BARCA

connecting Adeje to Guía de Isora and beyond would be fitted during night time hours so as not to cause traffic problems. Obvious most of the people who work for those Spanish papers live in the north of the island and haven’t a clue, or what do they call the delays and tail backs we’ve been stuck in from Armeñime every morning? Still, if it improves things at the end of the day....let’s see just how much better things really are! SINCERELY A REGULAR COMMUTER / Tel. +34 650 830 506 /

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 Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) Travelling is a good option for the Rat now. Make sure that everything is safe on the work front before you go on your trip.  Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) Just sitting around and staring into thin air will not help you to find love and happiness. So move on and you will meet a lot of nice people.  Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998) It may be a good time for the active Tiger to find himself a real home now. Nobody can always be out and about and even the strongest Tiger needs to rest from time to time.

A bridge too far? Fiery lesson

Dear Editor


By Daniela Herzberg & Roger Keller

ove the piece in one of the local Spanish papers recently telling people that the large pieces for the new bridge by the Atalaya roundabout

Secondary school students in Adeje receiving fire prevention classes from the local fire fighting force See picture below

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 Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) Family life may become more important now. Make sure, that you do not sacrifice your own well-being to make sure that everybody else is feeling fine.  Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) Sometimes you could use a little bit more determination, especially if problems come up and there is no easy and fast way to solve them.  Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) It is simply impossible to know everything! So break your own rules and ask for help, if you are not sure how to handle the situation.  Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) You can grow with the task – so do not back out if you are asked to do something completely new. Just trust in your abilities and go ahead.  Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) There is nearly always a smooth way to settle a dispute. However, the compromise should not be made if you are not given a square deal.

Fire in Adeje

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 Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) You should really concentrate on your work now! There is a good chance, that too much distraction can cause you financial losses.  Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) The Rooster should keep a sharp eye on his money issues now. Make sure, that you do not spend more than you really can afford.  Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) This is quite a good time for your love life, so try to savour the present moment and do not worry about things that might happen to you later on.  Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Stick to your dreams, even if it seems quite impossible to you that they may come true now. Trust in your intuition and think positively.

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Pets Portrait



The storybook wolf 1

Talking turkey Tom the turkey is already looking ahead to the end of the year and planning to celebrate the festivities in December in a vegetarian fashion.

Live Arico


Whale watching T

he next trip out on Eden Charter Sailing will be on Friday the 20th November at 3.30pm. The AWF will be on board with research guides, and all they ask is a minimum €15 donation per person. This will be on a first come first served basis, so please call Karen on the number below to organise your place.

The 2010 Live Arico Calendars Calendars will be ready soon and the launch party at Bar 39, Los Cristianos, is pencilled in for Saturday the 7th November from 6pm. This will be followed up with a benefit night with guest cabaret and raffles. Please don’t buy any other 2010 calendar without taking a look at the Live Arico one first – we are promised that they are going to be first class.

Live Arico Shop News The shop is in Coral Mar Square, Costa del Silencio, above the Netto supermarket. Since the weather over here is beginning to change, the shop will be bringing all its stocks of woollies out of the storeroom. They have a huge selection of jumpers and cardigans for all sizes and tastes. They are also happy and grateful to receive any donations of cat and dog food at the shop.


his quite wonderful shot is the overall winner in the 2009 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and was taken by Spanish photographer, José Luis Rodríguez. When José Luis realised he had got the shot of his dreams – one that he had even sketched on paper – he couldn’t quite believe it. From the start, his fear had been that the wolves would be too wary. Iberian wolves have always been persecuted by peo-

ple who see them as a threat to game and livestock (which they hunt when natural food is scarce) but also because of ignorance and superstition about the supposed danger they pose. Even though they have always lived close to humans, there are no verified incidences of them attacking people. In Spain, the population of Iberian wolves – a subspecies of the grey wolf – is thought to number 1,000-2,000 in the north, with a few tiny, isolated populations in the

painting, fun and games. There will be a junior disco from 6 – 7pm, followed by the benefit night itself, with free chilli, and entertainment from Suzy Q, Charlie Karlsen and the Rod Stewart show. Tickets are available in advance at €5 (€6 on the day), from the bar itself or from Lorna (627 686830) or Ann (650 723853)

Dominique Whitby 922 733892 (General enquiries, donation collections, bequests etc)

Upcoming Contact events numbers

On Saturday November 21st Live Arico are holding a Walk on Water fun day, followed by a benefit night at the Olympus pool bar Garden City, San Eugenio. Pop yourself into a huge plastic ball and run across the pool! Starting at 3pm by the pool, we have water balls, face


Eugenio 649 001 907 (Please call if you find a dog abandoned or in distress) Suzy Q 629 388102 (Call regarding fund raising, press releases, prize donations etc)

south. José Luis risked a slow shutter-speed to reveal the moonlit sky and conjure up the atmosphere of the place.

He switched from using his Nikon D2X to a Hasselblad so he could get the exact framing that he had in mind. What José Luis says he hopes that his picture, “showing the wolf’s great agility and strength, will become an image that can be used to show just how beautiful the Iberian wolf is and how the Spanish can be proud to have such an emblematic animal”. Other winners included Urmas Tartes (Estonia) in the Animals in their Environment category for his image of a springtail, otherwise known as a “snow flea” navigating its way through delicate snowflakes, and Fergus Gill, (UK) and was 17 years old when he entered the competition, who was named this year’s Young Photographer of the Year for his picture of a brief but dramatic clash between two colourful UK Yellowhammer songbirds.



Nicole 647 176341 (Call regarding shop enquiries and dog rehoming) Pete Holland 661 099365 (Poochies Pet Hotel for boarding your dog) Karen Clack 687905511 (Shop enquiries, and horse care and advice)

1. The storybook wolf, by José Luis Rodríguez. © José Luis Rodríguez / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 2. Clash of the Yellowhammers, by Fergus Gill © Fergus Gill / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 3. Springtake on a snowflake, by Urmas Tartes © Urmas Tartes / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009

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Child obesity

Making fat illegal A new proposed law on nutrition and food safety in Spain will concentrate in particular on the fight against child obesity. The law will limit saturated fats in foods and promote a national strategy to encourage a healthy diet. According to the Government’s Vice President, Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega, the content of saturated fats is to be reduced because the link between consumption of these fats and the risk of circulation and heart problems has been proved. However, manufacturers will be given a period of grace to adapt their products. New measures will force schools to adapt their menus to a healthy eating plan because according to their research 50 per cent of the school meals on offer do not provide a nutritionally adequate diet. Machines offering sugary soft drinks and chocolate and sweets will no longer be allowed on or near school premises, instead they will contain healthy muesli bars, fruit juices etc. School menus will have to be supervised by a university qualified nutritionist and it will be part of the school’s job to advise parents on what the children should be eating at home

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The days of one menu school meals will be over, there must be a choice. Good news for parents of diabetic or celiac children etc. it will be the responsibility of the caterers to provide adequate meals for all children, no matter what their needs or allergies. The World Health Organisation considers excess weight and obesity as the major non infectious pandemic of the 21st century and the second cause of avoidable death in the western world. According to the latest National Health Survey, half the adults are overweight or obese and in the child and adolescent population 9.13 per cent are obese and 18.48 per cent overweight, that’s to say one in four weigh more than they should. These levels have a huge effect in terms of health, life expectancy and economic impact. In 2002, when the obesity figures were lower than they are now, the cost to the Spanish health system of overweight individuals was 2,500 million euros a year, some seven per cent of the overall health budget.


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Preparation 1. Finely chop the onion and pepper and place in a saucepan with a little olive oil on a low light until the onion is almost transparent. Add the garlic also well chopped and the bay leaf and cook for a further two minutes. 2. Peel the potatoes and break into pieces and add to the dish with the sliced chorizo. i




3. Cover with water, add a pinch of salt and paprika and the hot pepper. (If the chorizo is spicy, leave out the hot pepper).


he Rioja region is well known for its wines, but it also has a rich and varied cuisine.

4. Once boiling, lower the heat and leave it to simmer for 40 minutes.

This simple recipe is a favourite in the homes of the Riojanos especially as the wind turns cold. If you can buy chorizo from Rioja (try Mercadona) the dish will be better for it and more authentic. Accompany it with a robust Rioja red for a heart-warming feast.

5. Adjust the seasoning as necessary and serve.







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Bar Cueva



Underground utopia

f you’r e looking for something that’s new, dif ferent and yet essentially Canarian you have to visit the Bar Cueva restaurant in Los Abrigos.


Did you know that even today there are some people living in caves in Tenerife? We’re not talking about dark underground damp caverns, but homes that

have been established in what are, essentially caves, equipped with power and water, but very much underground. In times gone by it was indeed a common abode here in the islands, given the natural terrain, but less and less so nowadays. However there is something quite soothing and calming about being underground, away from the noise and hustle and

bustle of life on top, which is why Bar Cueva has something special to offer. From street level the place might not look that different but walk down the stairs and you enter another world, with the first floor continuing to offer a wonderful sea view, which you can see day or night, through a large window. Venture further down and you

are in yet another dimension, where there is an excellent range of tasty traditional tapas on offer as well as an impressive wine list, with a very acceptable house wine for under €10. There is room for up to 50 persons, and Bar Cueva will happily cater for birthday parties as well as other group events. Located near Calle Playa Grande by the sea, the restaurant

is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 midday to midnight with English and Spanish spoken.

Bar Cueva Los Abrigos, TUESDAY - SUNDAY 12:00-Midnight TABLE RESERVATIONS :

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From Los Cristianos to Playa Paraíso From 6pm till 11.30pm

World class cheeses Canarian cheeses swept the board in the latest of the World Cheese Awards organised by The Guild of Fine Foods and held this year in Gran Canaria. The islands first won awards in 2003 with a total of four medals and between then and 2008 won a further 41, but this year they claimed a staggering 66 medals proving beyond doubt the incredible strides that this sector has made in recent years. Canarian cheeses have won this award twice in recent years. In 2005 the SAT Ganaderos in Fuerteventura took the

trophy and last year it was the Quesería de Arico who won the honours. This year there were two Canarian cheeses in the final 13 out of the 2,400 that were tasted. Underlining the excellence of the local production, of the 139 gold medals awarded, 23 were for Canarian cheeses, the islands also won 14 silver and 29 bronze medals. Gran Canaria won 30 medals of which 10 were gold, Fuerteventura took 15, six golds, Lanzarote won nine including four golds, La Palma gathered eight, two of which were gold and Tenerife won three, one each of the three catego-

ries and finally tiny El Hierro won a silver medal. All of the awards in Lanzarote were won by one producer, the Finca de Uga based in La Geria and run by relative newcomer in the cheesemaking world, Paco Fabelo, whose Bodega Duro de Oveja, cured sheep’s milk cheese was voted fifth in the world and also won the newly constituted prize for the best Canarian cheese. Paco’s finca had a stand in the three day event together with another award winning recently started company, the winemakers Bodega Stratus. A sublime combination.




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Fun Cooking




Musical memories for drinks.

• Selection of Manchego cheeses to taste, for example: Cured, semi cured and fresh sheep’s cheese


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In the original Spanish, this series of books combines healthy, fun recipes with original short stories to feed the body and the mind. They are highly recommended for anyone who can understand the Spanish language.


Slides through soft cheeses.



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This is one of the recipes from the cuisine of Ciudad Real and makes use of a famous local cheese – Manchego and the delicious yellow flecked green melon with the unfortunate name of ‘piel de sapo’ or toad’s skin. It is said that cheese is one of the weapons of love, but legend has it that it was also converted into a real weapon when a governor of Utrecht ran out of ammunition for his cannons, painted round balls of cheese black and launched them at the enemy instead.

* Information and images from La Cocina Encuentada – Las cuatro estaciones (in Spanish) by Teresa Pérez Hernández. ISBN 978-84-96509-84-9 (around 12 euros).

• Sheep’s cheese in oil • 1 kg ripe melon • 3 young onions • Brown sugar • Lemon juice

Preparation 1. Clean the melon carefully making sure no seeds are left and removing the skin. 2. Chop in a bowl to avoid losing the juice

and place it all in a saucepan over a gentle heat with three tablespoons of brown sugar and the juice of half a lemon. 3. Simmer gently until it has reduced its

volume by half and remove from heat and place in serving dish when cool. 4. Clean and chop the onions and cook

gently in a non-stick frying pan without oil until they are transparent. 5. Add three tablespoons of sugar, a teaspoon of lemon and barely cover with water. 6. Reduce to half the volume over a low heat

and place in serving dish when cool. 7. Slice the cheeses to your taste and serve with the jams, warm bread and a good wine for the adults.

Suggestions Complement the cheeses with a glass of tempranillo and extra jams made from tomatoes and figs to turn this cheese platter into an authentic feast.


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Rueda’s quality wines C

ast your minds back to 1858. This was the year that Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amezaga, Marqués de Riscal, diplomat, journalist and free thinker, resident of Bordeaux since 1836 and owner of vineyards and a winer y on the Torres Estate was asked by the Diputación Foral de Álava to hire a French wine expert to train local producers in the wine making techniques used in the Medoc. Don Camilo hired Jean Pineau, a winemaker at Château Lanessan on behalf of the Diputación, a consultancy for the Álava winemakers. The same year, the Marqués de Riscal sent 9,000 vines of the highest quality including the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Malbec and Pinot Noir, to the Alavesa Rioja vineyards, where until that time, Tempranillo, and Graciano had reigned supreme. If we move forward a few years to 1972 we find Herederos del Marqués de Riscal founding the first winery in Rueda dedicated to making white wine.

Originally the area was famous for its production of Amontillado and Oloroso wines, but now using the indigenous grape variety Verdejo the wines attracted great demand. In 1974 Herederos del Marqués de Riscal introduced the Sauvignon Blanc variety from France to Rueda, where it successfully adapted to its new surroundings. The project became so widespread that the Regulatory Council of the Rueda Designation of Origin was established in 1980. The Rueda D.O. is currently formed by 34 wineries, producing wines that have reached the peak of quality among Spanish wines. Between 1980 and 2004, in the Rioja Alavesa region, in as far as red wines are concerned, it was decided to produce a quality wine only in those years classified as exceptional. Under these guidelines, the first vintage of Barón de Chirel 1986 was launched. This is an exceptional wine and has set the standard for this type of wine. On the other hand Marqués de Riscal in Rueda has recently decided on a new venture, the produc-

Of the red wines the Frank Gehry Selection 2001 is excellent

tion of a young red wine. Classified as a wine from the land of Castilla-León, it has increasingly captivated and surprised those who have tried a bottle. The winery is always at the cutting edge of new ideas and in 1995 installed manual selection benches for their grapes. This process is


New low alcohol wine

Crisp, clean and refreshing low in calories and virtually alcohol free

There’s a surprisingly delicious new wine on the market, low in alcohol and calories but high in taste and texture.

From the home of Torres wine comes Natureo Sin, as they state on their blurb, “a bodega that’s thinking of you”. This is a crisp white

medium dry wine, with a good nose and light tingle on the taste buds. Equally pleasant to sip on its own or with cañapes, pastas, fish, or cheese. And with just 0.5 per cent alcohol it is, as the Torres people point out, perfectly adapted to new social mores and safe partying. For those who don’t want to give up wine but want to stay sober this is the new lifestyle choice. For drivers and those opting for a healthier lifestyle look no further, especially when you consider that a glass of Natureo contains just 22 calories (a regular wine would have 68 calories). Made with a moscatel grape, the wine offers fresh floral aromas with apple, lemon and peach overtones. Certainly in the offices of Island Connections our random taste testers were all more than pleasantly surprised and unanimously agreed they would be looking for a bottle during their next trip to the supermarket.

unique in Spain and until recently was exclusive to the large Bordeaux chateaux. They have also built two underground bottle storage facilities for better maturing of their Reservas and Grandes Reservas with a capacity of four and 3.6 million bottles respectively. Since 2000 the winery has had a new production area with 157 stainless steel tanks for alcoholic fermentation and 76 stainless

steel tanks for malolactic fermentation. To give you an idea of the scale of production from the Rueda area alone they make 3,750,000 bottles of white wine and 1,000,000 bottles of Tinto Riscal red. So what about the wines, well let’s start with their Rueda Verdejo white wine 2007 made in the Rueda D.O. zone from the Verdejo grape. Once picked the grapes are de-stemmed and cooled, then macerated in cool conditions so as to extract the maximum aromas from the skins and add texture to the wine. The must, once clear, is left to ferment slowly for twenty days at a controlled temperature of between 13 and 15 degrees celsius. After a short maturation time the wine is bottled during the months of January to March the following year. Of the red wines the Frank Gehry Selection 2001 is excellent. It’s made from the fruit of vines over

40 years old using the Tempranillo grape. The plot from which the grapes come is located to the north of Elciego. If you can find a bottle you will not be disappointed. The Marqués de Riscal Red Wine Reserva 2004 is predominantly made from Tempranillo vines that are over 15 years of age grown in Rioja Alavesa. The wine has a good balance of acidity and fine tannin. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26 degrees celsius and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. The wine spends around two years in American oak casks, then before it is sold spends another year rounding off in the bottle. These wines are available in most good supermarkets and wine shops in Tenerife. Serve the white at between 8 and10 degrees celsius and the reds between 16 and18 degrees celsius.



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Prestige Sun Blind Company


his year, Prestige Sun Blind Company are celebrating 10 years in business, and thank all customers past and present for their continued support. James Chapman, the owner of the company, has been in Tenerife for 17 years. He left school and served his apprenticeship in Sun Blinds and Shutter manufacture and installation before circumstances put him in a position to start up on his own. Prestige Sun Blind Company was formed in April 1999 and has continually expanded. Today, 10 years on, JAC Enterprises SL is the holding company for three divisions of Prestige; Prestige Sun Blind Company, Prestige Security Company and Prestige Garden Furniture Company. There are two vans on the road full time with a team of fitters working continuously to fulfill the order book. James concentrates on the running of the company and personally answers all enquiries before visiting clients and providing them with a service which he is proud of and a written quotation. A lot of their work comes from the recommendation of past clients who know that they received quality products


and good service. As important, is the fact that if there is a problem, they know that Prestige are a reliable company and they will always be on the end of the telephone and happy to come back and help. Prestige Sun Blind Company uses Llaza mechanisms for all their exterior blinds. They are proud to be certified by Llaza and Sattler as a fully qualified and official installer, and have worked hard to achieve

this accolade. They can give you the best advice on your requirements from their extensive experience. All blinds come with a five year guarantee. There is a large stock of colours to choose from and all blinds can be electric or manual. For interior blinds they use Louverdrape and Bandalux products which are fully made to measure and come highly recommended. For all blinds there is a huge range

of colours to choose from. All items can be manual or remote controlled. The security of your home and business is paramount. Prestige Security Company can install all types of shutters and grilles for your peace of mind. James also fits industrial shutters for bars, restaurants and businesses. There is also a large selection of garage doors and gates to choose from. All products are of the highest standard,

Unplugged Hairdresser

Skill & Imagination I

f you are tired of unimaginative hair styles and boring nails, then try this new salon. Unplugged is a hairdressing studio situated in the heart of El Médano, where skill and imagination meet. Creativity is the name of the game, and Roman who has gained nine years’ experience in Ukraine, Argentina and Tenerife, and his staff can give you a complete new look, or if you are not quite that adventurous, an exciting new twist to your existing style. Outstanding products are used including Tigi, to create unique hairstyles which follow current trends. All types of hair treatments are on offer as well as extensions, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays you can take advantage of the Unplugged

special offer of a cut, colour and blow-dry from only 33 euros. In addition to hairdressing, at Unplugged you can have a manicure, pedicure, nail extensions in acrylic or gel, colourful nail art, waxing, or enjoy a relaxing massage. Unplugged also offer permanent make up, which includes eye or lip lining, and colouring sparse or light coloured eyebrows and eyelashes. It is a great time saver and gives natural looking but permanent colour. Unplugged has only been open for three months, but is already attracting an international clientele from all over the island who appreciate great value for money. Find Unplugged Hairdressers at Calle Viera y Clavijo 10 in El Médano or phone for an appointment on 922 179 340. It could be the first step towards a new you.

whether manual or electric. The Prestige showroom is in Armeñime, Adeje. You can find them opposite the Shell Garage on the main road to Playa San Juan, just before Tenerife Pearl. James´ mother, Christine, runs the showroom for him, in which there is a selection of the high quality blinds, both interior and exterior, and security shutters for clients to see. The premises not only has blinds and shut-

ters on show, but also a selection of garden furniture and parasols. Six years ago James took over an existing furniture company at the premises and Prestige Garden Furniture Company was formed. The showroom stocks Kettal, Skyline, Kettler, Royal Garden, Expormim and many more makes of outdoor furniture and parasols. Each piece of furniture is of high quality and comes with a guarantee. If you cannot find the style you are looking for in the showroom, take a moment to browse through our catalogues. Christine will be delighted to offer you advice and show you samples of their extensive range which are available in many colours and designs to suit all tastes. Once your furniture is ordered, the delivery is free and each item is unpacked and put into place for you. The idea of the showroom is to offer you everything under one roof for your outdoor living needs.


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Línea Directa



oreign residents in Spain who take out a car insurance policy with Línea Directa will enjoy one month’s free insurance. In addition, policyholders who are already Línea Directa customers will get two months free insurance if they take out insurance on a new car. Faithful to its vocation as a leader and innovator, Línea Directa has recently launched, and only for foreign residents in Spain who do not speak Spanish, two exclusive special offers: 12x11, which offers its new customers one month’s

free insurance, and 12x10, aimed at expatriates who are already Línea Directa customers. This offer gives them two months free insurance when they take out a new policy on a vehicle which is not already insured with Línea Directa. Another benefit which Línea Directa offers its foreign customers is that they can use all its services in English and German. As a result, customers can take out their policy, make any type of enquiry, present claims, send documentation and enjoy 24 hour assistance, all in their own language, with

a single call at a time which is convenient for them. In addition, Línea Directa offers its foreign policyholders a translation service when required for dealing with repair garages.

These benefits can be added to the others which all our customers enjoy when they take out third party or fully comprehensive insurance with Línea Directa; cover such as Legal Support, Personal Injury Claims, Direct Service or Vehicle Occupant Insurance, which are included in all policies completely free of charge.

But there are extra benefits which Línea Directa customers can enjoy, among which are included: • Travel assistance from kilometre 0, which provides technical road assistance 24 hours a day, both in Spain and abroad. • Three weeks use of a courtesy vehicle for expatriate policyholders if their vehicle is off the road while being repaired, as opposed to the limit of seven days which was previously offered. • Recovery of the pointsbased driving licence and fines management, which guarantees legal support towards traffic fines which

result from breaking road safety regulations and which lead to the driving licence being withdrawn or an economic sanction. Policyholders also receive up to €500 for attending the road safety re-education course which allows them to recover their driving licence if they have lost all their points. Línea Directa began to operate in Spain in October 1995 and is currently the market leader in direct motor insurance sales in Spain. It is the company which has maintained the highest growth rate in its

sector, due to the fact that in only fourteen months, it has become the third largest Spanish motor insurance company, with over 1,660,000 customers. Línea Directa’s business model focuses on the use of direct channels (telephone and Internet) which reduces handling times and costs, cuts out the middleman and offers its customers a quality service at highly competitive prices. Fore more information, go to www.lineadirecta. com (English version) or call 902 123 104


Los Cristianos Properties BEST ESTATE AGENCY WEB SITE


t’s no small mark of respect when you are recognised on an international stage by your direct competitors and peers, so congratulations to Los Cristianos Properties who recently took home the title, Best Estate Agency web site in the Canary Islands from the highly prestigious International Property Awards. These awards are recognised throughout the industry as the world’s best

competition in the field, dedicated to nominating and awarding quality in all aspects of property marketing on a global scale. They are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe and celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. This is the first time Los Cristianos Properties have won an award from this prestigious event, and in fact they are only the second estate agency in the Canary Islands to do so since the awards’ inception many years ago. However Los Cristianos Properties are no strangers to the estate agency market and have been a well established and respected member of the property buying and selling family in Tenerife for 27 years. A quick glance at their website will tell you why they are continuing to win clients (not to mention why they were this year’s winner of the award). Their sites,, its equivalent in Russian and www. have

quickly become the first stops for anyone looking for essential information on the island, its laws and procedures and of course a full and complete inventory of their property portfolio. Commenting on their well deserved award, Los Cristianos Properties said, “whatever the situation might be, this industry has made us what we are today, and has seen us channel some of our creative energies into the field of web designing and ultimately brought us to this podium of the International Property

Awards 2009, the world’s most prestigious competition dedicated to finding the best real estate professionals across the globe. We would like to thank all our clients and well-wishers who have invested their trust in Los Cristianos Properties”. Over their 27 years of extensive experience in the property business Los Cristianos Properties have continually listened to their clients, be they buyers or sellers. They pride themselves on working hand in hand with each individual, tailoring

their plans to suit each transaction, working to allay any concerns that clients may have and working at all levels to ensure that every transaction passes as smoothly as possible. Their professionalism is also reflected in the confidential environment they provide to assist in the purchase and sale of properties. And while their use of new technology in the property market may have been recognised by this award, at Los Cristianos Properties they are well aware of the need for human input and

even a bit of old-fashioned hand holding when it comes to selling or buying a home, and work in unison with their colleagues to see your transaction through from start to finish.

Whether buying or selling a property, you will always know that the process is being handled with individual care with the most respected names in the Tenerife property business working hard to fulfill your needs.


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Gran Canaria Museums & Theatres



November 8, Agrobrígida and Puchero Canario, Santa Brígida November 17, Fiestas de San Gregorio, Telde

Auditorium Tenerife www.auditoriodetenerife. com Av. Constitución, 1

38003 Santa Cruz Phone 902 31 73 27

Guimerá Theatre

Plaza Isla de la Madera, 2- 38001 Santa Cruz Phone 902 36 46 03

CajaCanarias Cultural Centre

Plaza del Patriotismo, 1 38002 Santa Cruz Phone 922 471 000

Museum of Science & Space (MCC) www.museosdetenerife. org C/ Vía Láctea, s/n

38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna Phone 922 315 265

Museum of Nature & Archaeology (MNH) www.museosdetenerife. org C/ Fuente Morales,

s/n 38003 Santa Cruz Phone 922 535 128

Tenerife History Museum (MHAT) www.museosdetenerife. org C/ San Agustín, 20/22

38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna Phone 922 825 949/43

Anthropology Museum

CONCERTS/MUSIC November 6, Telde Rock Meeting, with Phalmuter, Jaded Sun (Ireland) and Richie Kotzen (USA). 12 euros November 7, 9 pm, II Playa Viva Blues Festival, Plaza del Pilar, Guanarteme, with Expresso, Empiezo el Lunes, SpikeDrivers, Memo González & the Bluescasters and Adrian Byron Burns November 7, 10 pm, Delincuentes in concert (Dorada en Vivo), Las Palmas November 12 to 15, WOMAD Las Palmas 2009, Parque Santa Catalina Until November 24, XVI International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Las Palmas November 21, 1 pm, Festival for peace and anti-violence, Parque Santa Catalina, Las Palmas.

EDITION 603 :: 06/11/2009 - 20/11/2009 :: ISLAND CONNECTIONS

What’s On Until November 7, 2nd Padel Open, CC La Ballena, Club La Calzada, Las Palmas Trekking: Local councils in various areas of the island organise guided treks and other open-air activities. For more information, call UPNature, Guanarteme 928 270084 or 928 473265, Arucas 928 621754, Maspalomas 928 764201, Tablero 928 140640, Mogán 928 158805, Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino 928.891.252 or www., or Valleseco 928 618740. Archaeology Guided visits to the principal digs in the island: Bentayga (Tejeda), Cenobio de Valerón (Guía) etc. For more information 928 219 229.

MARKETS Arguineguín: Tuesday, Gáldar: Thursday, Mogán: Sunday, Puerto de Mogán: Friday, Telde: Saturday, Terór: Sunday, Vecindario: Monday and Wednesday – all 8am to 2pm. Playa del Inglés, every day except Sunday, 7.30 to 11.30pm. Rastro, Sunday 8am to 2pm, bus station, Las Palmas.

CLASSICAL MUSIC November 10, 8.30 pm, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria conducted by Marzio Conti with Gerard Claret (violin) and Lluis Claret (violincello). Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas


November 19, 8.30 pm, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria conducted by Pedro Halffter with Benjamin Schmid (violin). Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas. More information on http://www.


www.museosdetenerife. org C/ Vino, 44

Until November 8, Fiestas of San Martín de Porres, Cabo Blanco

38270 Valle de Guerra (La Laguna) Phone 922 546 300


MUSIC Música en otoño, Los Cristianos:

Casa Lercaro

Until November 15, La Ventana Indiscreta by Alexis W. Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas

C/ San Agustín, 20-22 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Phone 922 82 59 49

Casa de Carta Tacoronte main road to Valle de Guerra, s/n. 38270 Phone 922 546 300

Gran Canaria Cuyás Theatre

Until November 22, Paisajes Neuronales, a selection of images relating to the nervous system. Museo Elder, Parque de Santa Catalina, Las Palmas Until November 20, photographs: Dragos y Palmeras. Colegio Hilda Zudan, Poligono de Jinamar Phase 2, Telde Until November 29, Micrografías. The world as seen through a mobile. CAAM, Las Palmas

Pérez Galdós Theatre



Cultural CajaCanarias, Santa Cruz. 5 euros November 13, 8.30 pm, concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife conducted by Lü Jia with soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann (violín). Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz November 20, 8.30 pm, concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez with soloist Carmen Linares (mezzo)

CONCERTS TENERIFE 40 POP November 14, 10 pm, , organised by top radio station 40 Principales, with:

November 14, 8 pm, String Quartet, Tango Para Cinco. Cultural Centre

Efecto Mariposa, David Demaría, Melocos, Soul Sanet, Madcon, Emilia De Poret, The Guru Josh Project, and other top artists and groups. Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz. Tickets 10 euros from cajacanarias. Part of the proceeds go to the association for parents of autistic children (Apanate)

November 21, 8 pm, Jazz group. Cultural Centre


November 22, 12 noon, Arona Musical Band with an extraordinary concert (Santa Cecilia). Plaza de Los Caídos

November 7, 8.30 pm, La Voix Humaine/I Pagliacci. Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz. Tickets 20 to 50 euros



November 10, 8.30 pm, Stravinsky Ensemble. Espacio

Until November 7, 4th edition of MiradasDoc, Guia de Isora.

November 7, 8 pm, Garachico Chamber Choir with A. Rosmén Rodríguez González (piano and percussion). Cultural Centre

International documentary film festival with 45 films from more than 20 countries, selected from 800 entries. Also workshops, forum and other activities for students. More information www.miradasdoc. com November 6, 7, 8, 2nd edition of Aroferia, Valle San Lorenzo. Canarian wines, cheeses and desserts fair with workshops and folklore group performances. Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8.30pm. More information on November 13 and 14, VIII Young Talent Festival, Los Cristianos

LIONS CLUB EVENTS San Miguel de Abona: November 14, Chinese Feast at the Golden Bay restaurant, Golf del Sur. For bookings and more information call Phil on 922 738 490

Santiago del Teide: November 7, 7 pm, The James Lambert Singers (Welsh choir) with support artist Ian Anderson. Dancing until late and a sit-down buffet include in ticket price of 20 euros. El Marqués, Puerto de Santiago. Tickets from El Marqués reception, MDI (Alcalá), Megatone (El Varadero) or Paul Ruane (Los Gigantes), or call Lizzy on 678 224 982 or Jon Thornley (Secretary) on 627 386 648.


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November 21, Christmas Fayre in conjunction with AMATE (breast cancer charity), the Association San Francisco de los Animales and the San Juan Association (for handicapped children). Start buying at 11am in the Plaza, Los Gigantes. Contact Lizzie on 678 224 982

Arona, Las Galletas, Costa del Silencio: Second Sunday of each month, 3 pm, barbecue with entertainment in Coral Mar Square. Buy food there. Last Sunday of the month, at Habla Habla on Las Galletas seafront. Buffet and entertainment in the afternoon. 10 euros per person. Contact Don 629 883 733

gentlemen, couples or on your own. Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and cakes and a chance to make new friends and have good conversation with a bit of fun. Come along to the 1st. Floor Apolo Center, Los Cristianos, Wednesdays 11 am to 1pm. For further information phone Edna on 922 732386 or 619 059577

Tenerife by Thomas Ruff, Sala C

Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos: Until November 25, Fotonoviembre November 13 to 30, Good Morning Art, paintings of tattoos Until December 4, art collection, first floor hall

K9 and Friends of the Animals K9 car boot sales are held on the first Sunday of every month from 8am to 12 noon at Happy Days, Costa del Silencio. Nearly new sales are held on the second Saturday of every month outside Shimmers Bar, Callao Salvaje from 10am to 1pm. K9 also have a stall on the Playa San Juan market every Wednesday and at Alcalá every Sunday, from 10am to 2pm.

Museum of Science and the Cosmos, La Laguna: Until December 31, Photographs: Tenerife, un balcon al Universo Until November 15, During a solar eclipse. Images supplied by Shelios Until November 15, Memories of Teide. History of astronomy at the Teide observatory

Tenerife Sur: A new charity shop opens in the Apolo Center this month. For more information contact Edna on 619 059 577 or Jim (Equipo Hire) 669 444 617.

EXHIBITIONS Plaza del Duque, Costa Adeje: Until November 30, paintings of corners of La Orotava, Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla, La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz by Tenerife artist Osman

Arona Town Hall: Until November 25, paintings of Tenerife scenes by Matías Aguíar

Cultural Centre, Las Galletas: Until December 4, paintings by Juan Martín

Civic Centre, Cabo Blanco: Until November 13, paintings by Baltasar Colinas

COURSES Christmas floral art workshops by Sonia Luz Gazzera November 25 to December 16, Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon, Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos November 24 to December 15, Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm, Civic Centre, Cabo Blanco 15 places available on each course. Cost 40 euros, materials not included.

SPORT & NATURE Football November 13, 14 and 15, Soccer Experience International Tournament, Las Torres Stadium, Adeje. Starts at 2pm on Friday 13th. Great football and lots of stars from top English, Scottish and Irish leagues. FREE ENTRY! More information in our sports pages and at www.soccerexperience. com

Failte fun walks Cultural Centre, Cho-Parque de la Reina: Until November 13, Leticia Figueroa November 17 to December 16, paintings collection

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA), Santa Cruz: Until November 15, Proyecto Área 60 by Esther Arocha. Sala A Until January 6, Indagaciones y Miradas, a photographic collection of Ordóñez-Falcón (COFF). Sala B Until January 17, Landscapes of

Stretch your legs every Friday morning with Failte. The group meets outside the Hotel Gran Arona in Los Cristianos for a trek over Guaza mountain followed by refreshments. Wear stout shoes, meet friends and get some exercise. New faces are always welcome. More information from Tony on 628 689 306.

Tourist routes 922 127 938 Every Tuesday: Montes del Agua 1st Saturday of each month: Teide National Park 2nd Saturday: Masca ravine 3rd Saturday: Volcanic tube at Cueva de San Marcos


4th Saturday: Kayak trip off Los Gigantes cliffs, Punta de Teno

Kayak routes Tours by kayak for all abilities which may be combined with snorkelling, hiking, climbing or potholing. More info on 922 127 938 or

Surfing Learn surfing and body boarding. North: Escuela de Surf y Body Board OAD La Laguna, for those aged 12 years and over. More information on 922 256 244 or South: Escuela Oficial de la Federación Canaria de Surf K16 (Playa de las Américas). Groups or individual training for those aged seven years or over. More information on 922 798 480 or

Hiking: November 9, 8 am, Trek to observe the pools of Erjos and the Monte del Agua area. Meet at the Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos November 20, 8 pm, IV Trekkers’ Meeting. Nature lovers are invited to enjoy images and commentaries of some of this year’s walks. The 2009 trekker of honour will be named at this event. Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos

Discover Arona. More information about trekking routes. 922 725 180 or

All year round, guided walks for groups through the most emblematic buildings of the lovely northern town of Los Silos. Contact Oscar in their information office on 922 841 086.

Barranco del Infierno (Adeje): Mondays to Sundays from 8.30

am till 5.30 pm. No access allowed after 4 pm. Price: 3 euros. Max. 200 people a day. Free entrance on Sundays. Information and reservations on 922 782 885.

Guided trails for the general public: The National Park’s interpretation service offers guided tours free of charge. You need to book in advance with the National Park Office (Tel. 922 290 129/922 290 183).

MISCELLANEOUS La Baranda Wine Museum A renovated 17th century Canary Island hacienda used by the Island Cabildo to promote local quality wines. Autopista Gral. del Norte. Km 21, (El Sauzal exit), 38360 El Sauzal, Tel.: 922 572 535 Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm. Wine tasting and shop until 10 pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11am to 6pm, closed Monday.

English Library Calle Irlanda, Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz: Monday 3pm to 5.30pm, Wednesday 10am to 12 noon, Friday from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday 11am to 1pm. Information: Julia Gaskell 922 37 25 79

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in the South: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5.45pm, Friday at 11.45am. 1st Floor Apolo Centre, Los Cristianos (next to bus terminal). For more information call 630 478 448 (24 hrs).

Castles Tours: Tenerife History Museum offers guided tours around the island’s castles for schools and groups. More information on 922 825 949

Masonic Meetings in the south of Tenerife. Visitors always welcome. Tenerife Craft, Chapter, Mark. For more information phone 922 794 502 or 922 732 386.

Ciudadanos Europeos (European Citizens Group). For more information contact the Secretary, Chris Stanyer on 922 751507 or the President, Harry Davies, on 922 781905. e-mail:

The Wednesday Club This is your opportunity to meet people like you, ladies,

Choose your guide wisely


Repsol Guide 2009 *See page 53 for more information

The Friends of the Animals car boot sale is held on the last Sunday of every month in the Los Gigantes Sports Centre from 9am to 12 noon. Goods are desperately needed for these events which are great for bargains and a good rummage. For more information call the kennels on 667 638468 or Pat the Cat on 608 121081.

Canarian C-Days Travel between the islands to cultural events is 50 per cent cheaper on certain days and for selected events with Fred Olsen, Islas Airways and Binter. Discounts on hotels and car hire are also available. You will need to book by telephone 902 292 999, Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm or via the web Make sure you know the full price of the ticket (including Canarian residents’ reduction) to ensure you receive the full discount.


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WORKSHOP TECHNICIAN FOR A NEW CENTRE IN ADEJE MUST HAVE: • Technical leadership • Responsible attitude • 5 years experience • Commercial skills an advantage • Fluent Spanish

TELEMARKETING ADVISORS Options are an independent utility broker with over 10,000 business customers in the UK. We source the best deals on the market for our customer’s telecoms, gas, electric and insurance needs. Due to expansion, we now require additional telemarketing advisors. Experience in these areas would be helpful but is not essential as full training is given. Excellent rates of commission, with serious possibilities of career advancement. If you have the drive and enthusiasm to be successful and are serious in developing an excellent income please call to arrange an interview on 922 717 217 between 11.00am-2.00pm, Monday-Thursday and ask for Mr Brown.

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In-store customer service person required We require a dynamic, hard working team player who has a good knowledge of German and Spanish, 20 to 30 years of age, to work in our stores in the Canary Islands. Interior decoration experience an advantage. Excellent working environment, great prospects and good income offered. Please send your CV to For more info Tel. 922 687 054

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Situations Vacant CLASSIFIED’S DEADLINE The deadline for edition 604,which is published on 20th November is Thursday 12th November at 5pm. No classified’s will be taken after this date. Promotions company with more than 10 years experience in selling attractive, high quality products in Tenerife markets, 5 star hotels and superstores is looking for open minded full/part time promoters, which like to present and sell in live promotion. No selling experience is required. Contract + Social Security + fixed salary + commission is guaranteed. Feel free to contact us for further information. Office 922 781548, fax 922 781548, 629 493799

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 To rent, house share for one person, preferably female, own bedroom, Costa del Silencio, 300 euros all inclusive, tel 669 905556

 Studio Puerto de la Cruz Location: central Views: sea 35.00m2 400€ Phone: 670242080

Furnished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment for long term rental in Costa del Silencio. English TV (Sky, BBC, ITV etc). Swimming pool. Lovely well maintained complex in a quiet location, but close to all local amenities. 650 euros per month. Tel 690 769899

 Studio San Fernando 33.00m2 400€ Phone: 670242080

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 Apartment Bajada al Pris 59.00m2 2 rooms 450€ Phone: 670242080


 Apartment Urb. Paraíso 52.00m2 1 room 650€ Phone: 670242080

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 Apartment Guargacho Location: central 1 room 440€ Phone: 663805740

Los Cristianos by the sea. One bedroom apartment, pool, garage, (December and January free), 750 euros/month, tel 922 752759 / 608 425426

Callao Salvaje, 3 bedroom large ground floor furnished apartment, non complex. Spacious lounge, kitchen with dishwasher etc, dining room, 2 bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, private garden and splash pool. For more information and pictures see website at www.thedataweb. com, 800 euros plus bills, tel 628 430734, no dogs

Rent :  Studios, 1 and 2 bed apartments from 400€ for rent to mature-minded people in Tor viscas Alto. UK TV channels. For details, phone Nadine: 922 715 162  To rent, directly from owner in Playa de las Americas, Balcon del Atlantico II, Torviscas Alto, one bedroom apar tment (58m2), nicely furnished and equipped, excellent sea view plus 32m2 terrace, quiet area, 550 euros per month, bills to be shared 50 per cent. Phone owner 616 916551  Los Cristianos by the sea, one bedroom apar tment, pool, garage, December and January free, 750 euros per month, 922 752759 / 608425426  Adeje, opportunity for sale / rent, luxury apartment, one bed, designer kitchen, terrace, garage, pool, for sale 100,000 euros, for rent 450 euros, 660 132296  Callao Salvaje, for rent front line villas, 3 bedrooms, large living room, beautiful views, terrace, garden with BBQ, private pool, 1,000 euros, tel 660 132296

Los Cristianos for rent, lovely 2 bedroom apartment, quiet location, fantastic view, pool, 650 euros per month, tel 629 606494 Los Cristianos, El Mirador, sunny top floor one bedroom apartment, quiet position, short stroll to beach and shop, fully equipped. English SAT TV, 650 euros per month all inclusive, tel 686 576037

Costa del Silencio For rent 2 bedroom apartment, 100m2, American kitchen with fridge freezer and microwave, separate utility/ washroom, large dining/living area, fully furnished, swimming pool, onsite supermarket, minimum six months rental, 600 euros per month. To view call 608 016863

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Villa Tagoro San Eugenio Alto

 Terraced house Urb. Green Golf 135.00m2 3 rooms 950€ Phone: 670242080  Premises Santa Cruz de Tenerife Location:central 120.00m2 750€. Phone: 922273239  Apartment Puerto Viejo 54.00m2 2 rooms 550€ Phone: 670242080

New 3 bedroom luxury villa 750,000€ Tel. (0034) 655 914 691 (0034) 922 71 33 56  Apartment El Amparo 50.00m2 1 room 450€ Phone: 670242080  A p a r t m e n t E l To p e 75.00m2 2 rooms 650€ Phone: 670242080

 Studio Puerto de la cruz Location: central Views: sea 35.00m2 400€. Phone: 670242080


 Terraced house Green Golf 135.00m2 2 rooms 850€ Phone: 670242080

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex apartment for rent in Amarilla Bay, Costa del Silencio. Fully furnished, English community TV, three terraces, washing machine, communal pool, 600 euros per month. Tel 659 489690 for more details  Terraced house Puerto de la Cruz Location: outskirts Views: mountain 166.00m2 3 rooms 800€ Phone: 670242080  Duplex Maritim 80.00m2 1 room 800€ Phone: 670242080  Studio La Paz 550€ Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Torviscas Alto Location: outskir ts 45.00m2 1 room 550€ Phone: 922751064

 Apartment Los Frailes 60.00m2 2 rooms 550€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Tabaiba Baja Location: outskirtsViews:sea 50.00m2 1 room 400€. Phone: 922273239


La Duquesa Playa Fañabé

 Apartment Santa Cruz de Tenerife Location: central 190.00m2 5 rooms 850€. Phone: 922273239

Contact: Baratillo Los Verdes, S.L. Tel: Norman on 922 713246 or mobile 652 603 028 or Alvaro mobile 610 464 841 Email:

 Terraced house GreenGolf 135.00m2 2 rooms 850€ Phone: 670242080

 Terraced house Green Golf 135.00m2 3 rooms 850€ Phone: 670242080

Port Royale Los Cristianos 2 bedroom apartment

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, front and back garden, comunity pool. €425,000 Tel. 629 244 958 Excellent opportunity in Costa del Silencio

 Apartment Fañabé Location: outskirts 2 rooms 795€ Phone: 922751064  Apartment Valle San Lorenzo Location: central 60.00m2 2 rooms 495€ Phone: 922751064  Terraced house Durazno 166.00m2 3 rooms 800€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Armeñime 77.00m2 3 rooms 500€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Maritim 80.00m2 1 room 800€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Armeñime 49.00m2 1 room 380€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment La Longuera 74.00m2 2 rooms 650€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment San Antonio 70.00m2 2 rooms 680€ Phone: 670242080  Terraced house Las Candias 100.00m2 2 rooms 1000€ Phone: 670242080  Chalet San Jose 70.00m2 2 rooms 550€ Phone: 670242080  Terraced house Green Golf 150.00m2 3 rooms 750€ Phone: 670242080

If it's great views that you're after then this lovely 2 bed, 2 bath apartment has some of the best. Great views over Los Cristianos out to sea with La Gomera on the horizon. To be sold furnished & fully fitted, the property consists of an American style open plan kitchen and dining area combined with the large airy & light living room with patio doors leading onto the large 36m2 terrace which enjoys the afternoon sun. Master bedroom is en-suite with patio doors leading out to the terrace and both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. The complex benefits from a large communal pool, reception, supermarket and many other amenities within a short walking distance.

Reduced from € 270,000 to € 225,750 for a quick sale. Contact Horizon Property Group on 922 777 652 quoting ref C-1456

Apartment, 73m2, 2 bed, 1 bath, American kitchen, fitted wardrobes. Terrace, 40m2 with views over Teide and the complex. 2 community pools, one heated and one salt water, playground and other services. Price €82,000.

Tel. 629 244 958

Sale :  El Médano, dir ectly from the owner!!! New, precious detached house, 3 bedrooms, 2 moder n bathrooms, indep. kitchen, 3 terraces,bbq, luxury complex with 2 swimming pools, 42m2 closed garage, very exclusive furnished. Quiet zone, Price: 330.000 euros, Tel: 650 792 742  La Gomera, peace lovers, rustic palm fringed natural retreat. Three dwellings (123m2), residence and letting for rural holidays. Matur e patio gar dens, beautiful mountain views. For sale 196,000 euros, tel (0034) 922 800888, email

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Sale :  Spectacular first line loft, Playa de la Arena, 260,000 euros. Beach, Gomera and sunset breathtaking . Views. 60m2 plus 15m2 terrace. Ultra modern designed, clear bedroom, huge solar heated pool. Pictures by email. Owner 660 873987, artediem@  Los Cristianos by the sea, 2 apar tments, one bedroom and two bedrooms, panoramic views, sun pool, garage, 128,000 euros, tel 922 752759 / 608 425426  Apartment Los Realejos. Location: central. Views: sea 74.00m2 2 rooms 225000€ Phone: 922245178  Chalet Candelaria. Location: outskirts. Views: mountain 180.00m2 4 rooms 222375€. Phone: 922273239  Terraced house Guayonje. Location: countr yside. Views: mountain 350.00m2 3 rooms 330000€. Phone: 922245178  Apartment Los Cristianos. Location: central. Views: mountain 50.00m2 1 room 100000€. Phone: 670804067  Apartment Los Majuelos. Location: outskirts. Views: mountain 113.00m2 3 rooms 285000€. Phone: 922245178  Apartment Santa Cruz. Location: central 105.00m2

4 rooms 162200€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment El Médano 2 rooms 175000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment La Laguna. Location: outskirts 55.00m2 2 rooms 138200€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment El Médano 2 rooms 175000€. Phone: 670242080

 Terraced house Aguamansa 190.00m2 3 rooms 200000€. Phone: 670242080

 Terraced house Carmenaty 174.00m2 4 rooms 299000€. Phone: 670242080

 Premises Santa Cruz 125.00m2 2 rooms 540000€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment Puntillo Del Sol 80.00m2 1 room 160000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Los Abrigos 62.00m2 2 rooms 115000€. Phone: 670242080

 A p a r t m e n t E l To p e 58.00m2 1 room 196350€. Phone: 670242080

 Duplex Las Aguas 3 rooms 167000€. Phone: 670242080

 Terraced house Tabaiba Alta 186.00m2 4 rooms 355000€. Phone: 670242080

 Terraced house San Clemente 174.00m2 3 rooms 250000€. Phone: 670242080  Chalet El Monturrio 190.00m2 4 rooms 189000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Piedra Hincada 2 rooms 244300€. Phone: 670242080  A p a r t m e n t E l To p e 108.00m2 3 rooms 208000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Los Abrigos 62.00m2 2 rooms 115000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Chalet Playa Paraíso 3 rooms 475000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment El Médano 1 room 125000€. Phone: 670242080

 Rustic Land La Hoya. Location: outskirts. Views: mountain 12000.00m2 2 Rooms 300507€. Phone: 670804067  Apartment Radazul Bajo. Location: outskirts. Views: sea 145.00m2 4 Rooms 380000€. Phone: 609338519  Apartment Los Cristianos. Views: sea 56.00m2 1 Room 150000€. Phone: 606394368  Apartment Sta Cruz De Tenerife. Location: central 157.00m2 3 Rooms 235000€. Phone: 922273239  Apartment Arona / Valle San Lorenzo. Location: central. Views: sea 85.00m2 2 Rooms 115000€. Phone: 627180081


 Apartment Los Majuelos. Location: central 103.00m2 3 Rooms 183682€. Phone: 663805740  Terraced House Tegueste. Location: central 3 Rooms 247000€. Phone: 663805740  Apartment Santa Cruz. Location: central. Views: sea 105.00m2 3 Rooms 126000€. Phone: 663805740

Views: mountain 350.00m2 3 Rooms 330000€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment El Médano 1 Room 125000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Los Realejos. Location: central. Views: sea 74.00m2 2 Rooms 225000€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment El Médano 1 Room 125000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Santa Cruz. Location: central 105.00m2 4 Rooms 162200€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment Santa Cruz De Tenerife. Location: central 3 Rooms 126000€. Phone: 663805740

 Apartment La Laguna. Location: outskirts 55.00m2 2 Rooms 138200€. Phone: 922245178

 Terraced House S/c De Tfe. Location: central. Views: sea 187.00m2 3 Rooms 525000€. Phone: 663805740

 Premises Santa Cruz 125.00m2 2 Rooms 540000€. Phone: 922245178

 Apartment Tabaiba Baja. Location: central. Views: sea 86.00m2 3 Rooms 250000€. Phone: 663805740  Apartment Santa Cruz. Location: central 140.00m2 4 Rooms 370000€. Phone: 663805740  Apartment Santa Cruz. Location: central 84.00m2 3 Rooms 252500€. Phone: 663805740  Apartment Los Cristianos. Location: central. Views: mountain 50.00m2 1 Room 100000€. Phone: 670804067  Chalet Barranco Hondo. Location: outskirts. Views: sea 169.00m2 4 Rooms 438000€. Phone: 663805740  Terraced House Guayonje. Location: countr yside.


 Apartment Los Abrigos 62.00m2 2 Rooms 115000€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced House San Clemente 174.00m2 3 Rooms 250000€. Phone: 670242080  Chalet El Monturrio 190.00m2 4 Rooms 189000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Piedra Hincada 2 Rooms 244300€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment El Médano 2 Rooms 175000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment El Médano 2 Rooms 175000€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced House Carmenaty 174.00m2 4 Rooms 299000€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced House Aguamansa 190.00m2 3 Rooms 200000€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Puntillo Del Sol 80.00m2 1 Room 160000€. Phone: 670242080  A p a r t m e n t E l To p e 58.00m2 1 Room 196350€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced House Tabaiba Alta 186.00m2 4 Rooms 355000€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced House Cruz Del Teide 3 Rooms 342577€. Phone: 670242080

 A p a r t m e n t E l To p e 108.00m2 3 Rooms 208000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Playa Jardin 70.00m2 3 Rooms 225000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment Los Abrigos 62.00m2 2 Rooms 115000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment San Luis 115.00m2 3 Rooms 188500€. Phone: 670242080

 Chalet Playa Paraíso 3 Rooms 475000€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment San Luis 105.51m2 3 Rooms 176000€. Phone: 670242080

Tenerife Royal Gardens is considered the resort with the best location on the island of Tenerife. Front line, with the breathtaking beaches of Las Vistas and the Sir Anthony 5-star hotel, this represents the last opportunity to own what is, for many, their dream beach property. Only a few seconds walking distance from the legendary Golden Mile, the leisure and commercial area with the most upmarket shopping and dining choices around. Selection of studios (with separate bedroom), 1 & 2 Bed units. Amazing prices starting from €120,000. For more information contact us TODAY on or call us on +34 922 78 81 25


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Sale :  Torviscas Alto/ Resid. Casablanca, directly from the owner!!! Very beautiful apartment (53m2) in the most exclusive zone of Tenerife, 1 bedroom and an small officeroom, very big bathroom, 35m2 terrace with precious views, luxury complex with swimming pool and gardens. Garage and store-room. Only 6 months old!!! Price: 183.000 euros, Tel: 650.792.742  Detached Villa in Callao Salvaje. Quiet cul de sac facing a barranco. 5 bedrooms,5 bathrooms, lounge,dining room,kitchen, utility and study. Garden, courtyard, heated swimming pool plus store rooms. Sea and mountain views. Can be divided into 2 apartments. Plot 400sq m. € 650,000. tel 607310854  Las Americas, San Eugenio Alto, Laguna Park II, apar tment, 5m2, one bedroom, American kitchen, terrace, patio, heated pool, restaurant, playground,

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 Finca (4,400m 2 ) with main house and outbuilding for sale. Various uses, ie tourism / agriculture. Tel 650 980719  Terraced house Cruz del Teide 3 rooms 342577€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Las Dehesas 50.00m2 1 room 200000€ Phone: 670242080

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 Apartment San Luis 115.00m2 3 rooms 188500€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Playa Jardin 70.00m2 3 rooms 225000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment San Luis 105.51m2 3 rooms 176000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment San Luis 120.00m2 3 rooms 192500€ Phone: 670242080  Chalet Los Naranjos 225.00m2 3 rooms 499000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment La Zamora 71.38m2 3 rooms 147218€ Phone: 670242080  Terraced house La Paz 95.00m2 2 rooms 400000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Las Aguas 3 rooms 167000€ Phone: 670242080  A p a r t m e n t L a Pa z 60.00m2 1 room 169000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment La Citrona 128.00m2 4 rooms 252000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Las Aguas 3 rooms 167000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment La Quinta 2 rooms 216365€ Phone: 670242080

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 Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central 120.00m2 3 rooms 174300€ Phone: 922273239  Apartment Los Majuelos Location: central 103.00m2 3 rooms 183682€ Phone: 663805740  Terraced house Tegueste Location: central 3 rooms 247000€ Phone: 663805740

 Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central 3 rooms 126000€ Phone: 663805740

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 Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central 210.00m2 5 rooms 619000€ Phone: 922273239

 Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central Views: sea 105.00m2 3 rooms 126000€ Phone: 663805740

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 Terraced house La Quinta 3 rooms 330557€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment Realejo Bajo 84.00m2 3 rooms 145000€ Phone: 670242080  Duplex Las Aguas 3 rooms 167000€ Phone: 670242080  Apartment El Toscal 64.00m2 2 rooms 145000€ Phone: 670242080

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El Camison, 247.56m2, very quiet, close to the park and Hospitan, tripex and private garage with electric doors. Three bedroom with three complete bathrooms. Independent kitchen, dining room with air conditioning, terrace with awning and BBQ. Independent water tank (750 litres). New electrical system. Own satellite system and community TV. Tel: 639 515154

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 Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central 140.00m2 4 rooms 370000€ Phone: 663805740  Apartment Santa Cruz Location: central 84.00m2 3 rooms 252500€ Phone: 663805740  Apartment El Médano 1 room 125000€ Phone: 670242080  Chalet Barranco Hondo Location: outskirts Views: sea 169.00m2 4 rooms 438000€ Phone: 663805740

325sqm, 15 rooms, indoor pool, car port extra wooden house (22sqm)in the garden, patio with bar, billard, TV, washhouse with machine and dryer, 440sqm Ground, perfect for private club or small pension. Tel. (0034) 609 504 380

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The new

Ford C-Max range T

he two models in the new C-Max range made their debut in pre-production form recently at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Stylish and versatile with distinctive designs and dynamic new looks, the C-Max demonstrates how very desirable compact multi-activity vehicles can be. The seven-seat Grand C-Max introduces extra space and flexibility with twin sliding doors and innovative seating concepts, while the five-seat model combines a sleeker, more sporty design with traditional C-Max virtues of outstanding space and versatility. New technologies focused on enhanced comfort, safety and sustainability include semiautomatic parallel parking, blind spot detection, seat belt warning lights for rear seat passengers, power-activated child locks and power operation of the tailgate. The two models have been delib-

erately designed with two distinct characters, reflecting the differing priorities of the typical customers for each vehicle. The five-seat C-Max has a sportier feel with a stylish passenger-car look featuring a coupé-like, sweeping roofline which falls off to the rear. Equally dynamic in character, the Grand C-Max presents a more functional appearance highlighting the extra space and versatility provided. With a longer wheelbase, this model features a higher roofline and thinner pillars. The twin sliding doors are neatly integrated, with the rail cleverly concealed by the undercut line on the shoulder of the vehicle while the large tailgate design gives a low and easy loading height. Inside the vehicle, the cockpit,

common to both C-Max models, provides a commanding, raised driving position with good visibility, high mounted gearshift and centre console. Carefully designed storage areas throughout include generous door pockets, a large glove box, and additional compartments and cup holders in the centre console. The Grand C-Max provides spacious accommodation for up to seven passengers, with the extra convenience offered by sliding rear doors on both sides of the car, ideal for parents helping young children into child seats, or for easy access in narrow parking spots. The ingenious new seat folding mechanism for the three secondrow seats allows the centre seat

to fold quickly and easily under one of the two outboard seats, creating a handy walk-through space between them so that passengers can access the third row without disturbing the two outer seats - particularly helpful when they are occupied by child seats or booster cushions. Owners thus have the option of using the convenient 2+2+2 seating layout, or switching to a full seven-seater when required. The second- and third-row seats can be folded to create a flat load floor, irrespective of how many seats remain in use. All the folding mechanisms are designed so that they require just one hand to operate. Engine options include new high efficiency, low emission Ford 1.6 litre EcoBoost petrol as well

as updated versions of the TDCi diesel units. EcoBoost, which combines turbocharging and direct injection technology, is more affordable than equivalent hybrid or diesel engines, and helps customers to improve fuel economy and emissions significantly without compromising driving performance. The new C-Max will also feature the option of Ford’s latest high efficiency PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is proving an increasingly popular choice on the current model. Available next year, you can find more information about the new C-Max at es,, or by visiting your local Archiauto showroom.


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Football Nino was named best player and best forward of the second division last season. Credit:Gary Hill,



Tenerife Sur By Alan Nicolson & Paul Stokes

Clear Blue Tenerife Sur “A” 1:1 San Pablo


Tenerife scoop player awards Tenerife’s uneven start to the season has been alleviated slightly by the better news off the pitch in the form of an awards haul for last year’s achievements in the second division. The Spanish Football League’s Awards, given at the end of October, were virtually monopolised by Tenerife and Barcelona in their respective divisions. Tenerife picked up the accolades for the season’s best Manager (Oltra), Player (Nino), Forward (also Nino), attacking midfielder (Alfaro) and defender (Bertrán). Only Ricardo (central midfielder) missed out on an award of all the Tenerife players nominated in the individual categories.


UD Las Palmas

Pitch work ‘urgent’ Improvements to the pitch at second division Las Palmas are needed urgently if serious injuries to players are to be avoided. The call has been made yet again despite the euphoria that followed the badly-needed home win (4-0) against Albacete. A number of players and club officials admit that the state of the playing surface is giving great cause for concern and have suggested that it should new completely relaid. One paper has said it is a miracle that nobody has been badly hurt and has urged the island’s Cabildo, which owns that stadium, to act quickly to remedy the problem

Despite being unbeaten after four games in the League of Honour, South Tenerife’s highest league, Sur may have had a right to be ner vous against league leaders San Pablo who were top of the league with maximum points, however it was San Pablo who were happy to go home with a point after this competitive match at Fañabé. The first half ended goalless, after the San Pablo keeper brilliantly saved a penalty from Gavin Harris after Daniel Guiffrida, Sur’s Italian midfielder was brought down through on goal. The second half was more eventful, and San Pablo opened the scoring first after a defensive error by the blues defence. However Sur kept pressing, and were rewarded a corner midway through the second half, which was half cleared by the San Pablo

Kyle Davidson scored the equaliser against San Pablo

defence, onto the boot of Sur’s Kyle Davidson, who volleyed it into the top corner. Sur had a number of chances to win the game but were thwarted by San Pablo keeper Bernardo Alfonso Diez, undoubtedly the man of the match.

Clear Blue Tenerife Sur “B”

0:6 Estasur Viejas Maquinas By coincidence, Sur’s B team also met the leaders of their league, the Preferente league, EstaSur Viejas Maquinas, and still reeling from their defeat by rivals Tenerife Celtic the previous week, looked vulnerable from the start, and a combination

of overcommitted attacking and questionable defending meant that they were already 2:0 down at halftime. However the biggest problem was not of their own making as the referee seemed intent on getting in the Guinness Book of Records for most yellow cards in one game (12 at the last count). The inevitable consequence of that was that within 10 minutes of the restar t centre back Grant Kerr was sent off for a double yellow, soon to be followed by captain Richie Chamberlain, who also considered to have conceded a penalty. Viejas Maquinas took full advantage of their two-man advantage, and with Sur’s two best defenders off, scored the penalty and three more. After the game, the referee removed all of the single yellow cards and rescinded the double yellows to singles – a guilty conscience for sure but too late for Sur who after such a promising start to their season need to get things sorted – fast.

Luis García

Indoor football

Training bust-up sours atmosphere

San Miguel strikers

The atmosphere caused by poor results in October at Tenerife was further strained by a training ground spat between manager José Luis Oltra and reser ve keeper Luis García. Although both later defused the row with public assurances that it had been blown up out of proportion,



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the incident has not gone unnoticed by the club. García was seen to engage in a heated exchange with his manager and was then ordered to take an early bath, apparently for not training hard enough. He later confirmed that the pair had crossed words but insisted it had been forgotten. “I was carrying a niggling injury

and the boss was unhappy about the way the session was going. We shared words and he thought it best if I stopped there and then, which I accepted” explained the goalkeeper, who is thought to be annoyed at the lack of chances to play despite the poor showings by the team, particularly away from home.

San Miguel council are holding their first indoor football tournament for players over 16 years of age. Registration is open until November 13th. The tournament proper kicks off on November 22nd in the Sports and Cultural centre in San Miguel, at 9am, lasting all day. If you are interested in taking part drop into the council’s sports department or call 922 70 00 00 (Ext. 297).



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1. Ten Hammers A 11 2. Palms Bar A 11 3. 44 Oxford Street A 11 4. Target Bar 12 5. Trap Door B 11 6. Nauta A 11 7. Amigos Bar 10 8. Phoenix Knights 11 9. Atlantis Sharks 11 10. Trap Door A 11 11. Rat Pack 12 12. Toscales Old Boys 12 13. Man Of Atlantis 11 14. Legends 12 15. Lupain 11 16. Ten. Hammes B 11 17. North & South 11

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1. Hoops Bar 2. Rinconcito 3. Palms Bar B 4. 44 Oxford Street B 5. Terrace Bar A 6. Globe A 7. Summerland 8. Oasis Bar 9. Dreamers Bar 10. Terrace Bar B 11. Palms Bar C 12. Trap Door C 13. Nauta C 14. Ten.Hammers C 15. Nauta B 16. Barracuda 17. Whippys 18. Globe B


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10 pin bowling league results

FOOTBALL Tuesday Singles League

Foetal fan

Youngest ticket holder Noa Urreizti, definitely the club’s youngest season ticket holder

Week 19 Dave Simpson (4) Martin Gronvall (4) Jeff Lemm (0) Jacquie Gibb (8) Duncan Wallace (2) Dave Dixon (6) Ron Howling (2) Allan Billing (6) No player (0) Chris Rose (8) Forfeit Miguel Rodríguez (8) No player (0) Forfeit An excellent 223 for Dave Simpson. Jacquie bowled a 209 and a 209.

Week 20 Jeff Lemm (4) Dave Dixon (4) Ron Howling (2) Jacquie Gibb (6)

Socas Canarias basketball’s marketing and press office sent out an unusual message recently to illustrate how well season ticket sales have been going of late. As the number of holders inches ever closer to the significant 1939 figure (the date of the club’s creation), the spectrum of purchasers gets broader by the day, with more and more youngsters signing up for the Friday basketball games in the Rios Tejera stadium in La Laguna. None

younger than the as yet unborn Noa Urreizti, whose father Iker plays for Socas. The club got hold of the latest scan of the baby inside her mother and airbrushed in a season ticket and then sent out a press release marking the ‘signing’ of the latest recruit. The curious photo was published in most of the local dailies. Safely tucked up inside Mummy, little Noa was present to watch her Dad’s side steamroller Tenerife Rural in the big derby to remove any doubts as to who the better side is at present.

BASKETBALL Socas supreme

A tale of two teams Any doubts concerning Tenerife basketball hegemony have been well and truly settled by the opening two months of the season, which have seen Socas Canarias storm to the top of the table and near-neighbours Tenerife Rural plunged into crisis. Winless from the first six games, Tenerife (who have made the promotion play-offs for the last two years) look to be in deep trouble on and off the court. Players signed by new coach Iván Déniz have shown they are clearly not up to

the standard of one of Europe’s toughest leagues but, with no cash available for replacements, a solution looks difficult. Meanwhile Socas Canarias look virtually unstoppable and the masterly performance in the derby against Tenerife was followed up with an equally impressive drubbing of CAI Zaragoza, most pundits’ hot favourites for a quick return to the ACB league after relegation. The home win against Zaragoza saw Levi Rost put in a sparkling performance, netting seven out of eight 3-pointers to pick up the league’s MVP award for the week.

(Canal Ocio Dayu) was not sufficient to take any points against the March duo. 203 for Sue (Megabowl Poppets) and 202 for Franck Avrillon (Golf Costa Adeje).

Week 39 Golf Costa Adeje (18) Megabowl Poppets (6) Tasca de Tranvia (6) Canal Ocio Dayu (18) Delfin Computer San Isidro (0) Tasquita Damián (24) 201 for Sue (Megabowl Poppets) and the same for Frank March (Tasquita Damián).

Saturday Doubles League Presentation

Sunday Doubles League

1st Champions – Megabowlers (Sue Long, Ron Howling) 2nd Runners-Up – Monkey Foreheads (Bob, Steve) 3rd Runners-Up – Troubleshooters (Jacquie Gibb, Gill Morton) 4th Runners-Up – Buccaneers (Dave Dixon, Dave Stell) High Average, men: Bob (174.2) High Average, women: Sue Long (159.0)

Nothing But Trouble (4) Pinseekers (4) Rack ‘Ems (2) Market Taverners (6) Buccaneers (6) Him & Her (2) A fine 211 for Michael (Nothing But Trouble) and the same score for Sue (Rack ‘Ems). Gordon (Market Taverners) bowled a 200.

Saturday International League Doubles Canal Ocio Dayu Week 38 Golf Costa Adeje (18) Delfin Computer San Isidro (6) Tasca de Tranvia (6) Megabowl Poppets (18) Canal Ocio Dayu (0) Tasquita Damián (24) A superb 227 for Pamela March and 203 for partner Frank (Tasquita Damián). A fine 216 from Rafa

Week 16

Week 17 Buccaneers (4) Market Taverners (4) Pinseekers (1) Him & Her (7) Rack ‘Ems (6) Nothing But Trouble (2) An excellent 228 for Dave Dixon (Buccaneers).

Monday Fun League Week 18 Superwhites (8) No Team (0) Forfeit Laurel & Hardy (4) The Bears (4) Dumb & Dumber (0) Dream Team (8)

Monday Pub League Week 17 Café Royale (1) Buccaneers (7)

By George Reed

The gentle sex get in on the act Frank Bruno: I didn’t want to go around mugging old ladies or robbing banks, so I took up boxing. It’s surely more honourable to fight for a living than be fighting in the streets.


n historic decision was made recently to introduce women’s boxing for the first time as an Olympic sport in London in the 2012 Games. The landmark decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) comes more than 100 years after men’s boxing became an official Olympic sport at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. Many boxing fans believe that female boxing only started in recent times, but there have been women fighters since the gladiators’ days in ancient Rome. Even in England going way back to the 18th century, women were trying to get in on the act by challenging each other to fight for side bets by advertising in newspapers. However the contests were usually cancelled when the authorities found out, and then informed the ladies in question that if the bouts went ahead they would receive a prison sentence, as such matches would violate both public decency and ethics. However, many ignored the threats, in fact records show that in 1722 at the Boarded House, near what is now Oxford Circus, Elizabeth Wilkinson, the Cockney Championess, defeated Martha Jones. Although women’s boxing was banned in most countries, including the UK, for most of the 20th century a female fighter called Barbara Buttrick dubbed the Mighty Atom, fought on touring boxing booths during the 1940s and even went to America in 1949 and won a world title. Not many people are aware that during the aforementioned St. Louis Olympic Games in 1904, a number of women boxed exhibitions, and as recently as 1975 in the United States even the Wall Street Journal recorded the fact that a lady called Caroline Svendsen had taken part in a boxing match and knocked out a Jean Lange at a venue called the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Reno, Nevada. The contest attracted wide media interest at the time because Svendsen was a grandmother. At the

Women’s boxing will be an Olympic sport in 2012

aptly named Liberal (Kansas) National Guard Armory in 1981, a boxing bout took place between two women, which ended with one of the strangest stoppages by a referee in boxing’s long history. Robin Haukaas lost on a technical knock-out to Angie Lopez. The fight was stopped by the slightly embarrassed referee after he was informed by Robin’s corner that she couldn’t carry on because her bra had broken! Then the popularity of professional women’s boxing really took off in 2001 in the US when two females faced each other inside a ring in upstate New York and received lots of dough in the process. Laila Ali and Jacquie Frazier apparently received £112,000 each for the fight, and £185,000 each for the television rights. But it wasn’t for their boxing abilities that the fight was a sell-out and watched by thousands on pay-per-view at $25 a go. It was the fact that they were the daughters of two legends of boxing, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The arena would not have been packed with 8,000 people or had such big television viewing figures if it hadn’t been for the curiosity factor. There would have been no show without the historic rivalry between Ali and Frazier. I’m sure the biggest majority in the arena on the night, and those paying to view on TV, wouldn’t know the difference between a left hook and and fish hook. Laila Ali won the contest on points and certainly brought mainstream appeal to women’s boxing

in the States over the years. Until the last decade women’s opportunities in professional boxing were largely restricted to walking around the ring holding aloft a card showing the number of the next round, while showing off their figures. But things certainly changed in the prize ring after February 1998 in Britain when Jane Couch took legal action against the Boxing Board of Control in England for sexual discrimination and won her case. This led to her being the first woman to be granted a professional licence in the UK. After a career spanning over 14 years, the Lancashire lass who was nicknamed the Fleetwood Assassin, retired last December having had, what she called 39 hard fights, winning world title belts on five occasions. In 2007 she was awarded the MBE and is still involved in the boxing business being coordinator at Hatton Promotions run by her friend Ricky Hatton and his father/ manager Ray. Jane Couch has stated that she is thrilled with the IOC’s ruling to introduce women’s boxing into the London Olympic Games, her biggest regret she says is being born 15 years too early. However, boxing at the Olympics is an amateur sport and amateurs must be 35 or under, so Jane accepts that it’s a great opportunity for the next generation of women boxers coming through. Women’s boxing has progressed worldwide in the last few years, in fact the number of registered female boxers in England has risen from 50 in 2005 to 642 to-

day. In Ireland, over 200 girls are showing their talents in the ring, and there are half a million women registered to amateur associations across the globe. Ireland for sure must have a real favourite for a gold medal, in the shape of Katie Taylor, reigning World, European and EU lightweight gold medallist. The 23 yearold boxes for Bray B.C. in Co. Wicklow and is trained by her father Peter, a former Irish novice middleweight champion, and coach with Ireland’s elite amateurs. Katie is some sportswoman, for she has represented Ireland at football on more than 40 occasions, and the former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan no less, says she is phenomenal in a boxing ring, where at times she spars with men and is every bit as good, if not better. He states that he is astonished by Katie, as her skill, power, speed, technique and attitude are all top class and she is arguably the best pound-for-pound woman boxer in the world. Women’s boxing may not be to my personal taste, but I’m probably being a dinosaur and I should move with the times. One thing is for sure, I would prefer to watch two equally matched amateur women boxers in a ring, who have to wear head and groin guards with the option of wearing breast pads for extra safety, along with a referee making sure that either one doesn’t take too much punishment, than the ugly sights – much too often nowadays – on television and in the newspapers, of young women punching and kicking hell out of each other in the early hours of the morning on the streets in the UK. It’s very unlikely that any of them are trained boxers, for one thing is for certain, the sport enhances self esteem and reinforces virtues like courage, chivalry and self control. I doubt very much that a youngster learning boxing would be the type to try to kick someone’s head in, carry a knife, or mug an old lady. It looks as if women’s amateur boxing at domestic and international level is here to stay.



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he Football legends are in Tenerife, 13th, 14th & 15th November 2009, don’t miss them play slow motion football!

Just when you thought it was safe to come out onto the football pitch again, those crazy kids at Soccer Experience have done it again, and are planning to flush South Tenerife with some stadium stars that kicked the ball long before Match of the Day went digital. But don’t let that fool you. Crumblies football this is not. Local Tenerife football fans are actually in for a fiesta of football as Soccer Experience is once again bringing a worldclass, Master’s 7 a-side tournament to the fantastic Adeje, Las Torres Sports Complex (just off exit 79B on the TF1, same exit as Hiper Trebol and Aadeje Golf). The hugely successful inaugural tournament in 2007 which included Bruce Grobbelaar and Mark Walters, gave people a taste of how much fun it could be watching or playing with the stars. And things really have gone from strength to strength since then, with more and more teams from the UK and Ireland jostling to be in the Tenerife Master’s tournament. This is seriously good fun with some great football thrown in. Pier to lead blanquiazul side The fame of the championships knows no bounds, and as we go to press confirmation that a team from CD Tenerife, led by local hero Pier, is near. Tenerife south fans of the blanquiazules will be thrilled at the opportunity to see the footballer turned television commentator back on the pitch.

TOP SCORER Last year an even wider range of star teams and players came to compete and it was a full weekend of football fun. Marcus Gayle (ex-Jamaica, Wimbledon and Glasgow Rangers) was the highest scorer of the tournament and he is planning to be top scorer again this November. The main tournament title was won by the previous Sky Masters winners Leicester City who were worthy winners and the team included ex super stars like Muzzy Izzett who beat the Celtic Legends that had ex Internationalist stars like Tom Boyd, Johan Mjallby and Darren Jackson in the final.

Soccer Experience Masters Tournament

Slow motion football!

Once again the inclusion of players from the two Glasgow giants, Celtic and Rangers, will bring an extra twist to this year’s Tournament. Ex Celtic stars expected include Darren Jackson, Johan Mjallby, Reggie Blinker, and Rangers will be ably represented by Marcus Gayle and Bobby Russell. You’re also likely to see ex Wimbledon Crazy gang member Carlton Fairweather making a few pitch appearances, West Ham player and Northern Ireland captain Steve Lomas will be there and Barça’s Nayim is also a sure thing. A motley crew indeed, and a selection box of soccer treats who will be playing in Adeje from Friday afternoon November 13th 2pm to 9pm , Saturday November 14th 10am to 8pm, and Sunday November 15th 10am to 7 pm .

football. The invited Tenerife teams will come from the weekly Tenerife Soccer Experience 7-aside leagues. The local guys have been preparing well during their weekly league games and some local teams have a very good chance of doing well this year! It truly will be great fun to watch the weekend of football and for many local players this will be a fulfillment of a boyhood dream to actually play against the likes of World Cup players or a former International. Could it get any better? Entry is free all weekend, and with matches of relatively short duration it’s fun for all the family, even members who might not be the most dedicated of footie fans. There will also be some great on-pitch entertainment from the Vamos a Bailar cheerleaders from Callao Salvaje.

from their international professional playing and now coaching careers. The support of the Tenerife public and holiday makers is very much required to ensure a wonderful and exciting atmosphere over the whole weekend of football fun! Any football supporters out there will not get many chances to enjoy a weekend of football like this very often! Make sure you make it part of your weekend on Friday evening of the 13th November, Saturday 14th November and Sunday 15th November. For more information on the International football fiesta weekend please check out the website: or call 654200470 for any further information.

Straight after the Final on the Sunday evening the awards event will be held at the Bistro del Mar in Puerto Colón, where general public and players from the tournament get the opportunity to ask questions directly to the stars about great moments

isting weekly 7s league teams or put in a team of their own contact Soccer Experience, phone or text 654200470 or email: also lots more info on the website:

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One of the real joys of the tournament is the opportunity for the invited local teams to pit their wits against the stars. For many, this is the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance to learn or to beat the true Masters of


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Fan club meeting The numerous CD Tenerife Fan Clubs attended a meeting in the press room of the Heliodoro stadium recently in which many claimed was far too late and should have been held preseason.

Stars local and international before one of last year’s great games


Peña power

In a tense atmosphere the club official responsible for the Peñas (Fan Clubs) Tomas Padron, apologised to the supporters present about the lack of time he had been able to spend with their problems during the summer months due to work commitments. He then listened to the many complaints about the lack of understanding and the frustrations that the clubs have suffered in what was a time of “Tenerifemania” which saw a record amount of a season ticket holders for CD Tenerife. Several of the grievances were concerning ticket allocation and distribution as there are under 3,000 tickets available per game in the Heliodoro Stadium and the fan clubs asked for easier ways to reserve tickets. They are the ones that will be there season in, season out, cheering from the terraces, whatever division the blanquiazules are participating in and the Club “seem” to have forgotten about this as they get swept up in the money generated by the ‘new fans’. Also the lack of charter flights for the fans to travel to the promotion game last June in Girona was brought to light with the response from the club officials present that “we called Air Europe to see if was possible and it was not” which many thought was a flippant response. Put it this way they did not exactly bust a gut to organise travel for the fans but one plane was full to the brim with politicians, town hall employees and the glory hunters. International Fan Club Armada Sur handed the club a list of ideas to improve matters, which included online ticket sales, certain improvements to the stadium (which belongs to the local council) to show the match live as it happens on the new scoreboard (we were told that that is illegal in the Spanish league), official CDT website in English, improve the marketing (which would not be difficult!!) with a shop at the South airport and to organise a “blue and white day” to encourage all fans attending big games to wear blue and white. Some of the fan clubs left the meeting reasonably happy but others were annoyed at the attitude of the club and released statements in the press voicing their discontent. The next day President Miguel Concepcion told the media that he was right behind the “Peñas” and he acknowledged that they were a fundamental part of the club and that all the requests would be studied sooner rather than later.

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Away day blues after important home win 25/10/2009 CD Tenerife 1:0 Xerez The blanquiazules huffed and puffed and eventually managed to to blow down the tangerine wall of Xerez defenders. This was certainly not a spectacular match but the die-hard fan knew that these are the type of matches that Tenerife need to win if they are to remain in the top flight of Spanish football. CD Xerez, who were promoted along with Tenerife last season have endured a tough start to life in La Liga. It took them a record breaking 497 minutes to score their first goal of the season but they have improved recently and managed to beat Malaga the week before. A 4pm kick off in the Heliodoro resulted in another official complaint being made by the club to the Spanish F.A. The authorities are not taking into account the time difference here in the Canaries from the mainland and legal action may be considered in the future. The reply from the FA was steadfast, “the television companies run the show and they have paid great amounts to do so” and worryingly they continued “we are even looking at bringing the kick off times back to 2pm or 3pm so that we can catch the huge Asian TV market”.Tenerife were still missing some key players for the game and although they enjoyed plenty of possession could not penetrate the resolute Xerez defence. The statistics showed that the blanquiazules mustered 24 attempts at goal compared to just three by Xerez and that summed up the game. Frustration was beginning to spread around the stadium, everyone knew that even at this stage of the season this was a “six pointer” between two teams that are likely to be scrapping for survival. Young local winger Omar was brought into the fray on

First Division 02/11/2009 CLUB

By Chris Todd

Alfaro’s goal against Xerez was a welcome relief Credit: Gary Hill www.

the hour mark and his pace soon created danger down the left hand flank. On 70 minutes he produced a sublime cross into the box and Alfaro powerfully headed the ball underneath the outstretched Xerez goalkeeper, Renan. The goal was a huge relief for the 17,500 spectators present on the day and the rest of the match was played out quite comfortably by Tenerife. It had not been a five star performance but the persistence of the team had paid off. In my humble opinion you can forget the possible heroic victories against the likes of Madrid, Sevilla and FC Barcelona who are visiting the Island in the coming months, we can just enjoy the day and see what happens. Tenerife need home victories against the likes of Almería, Sporting, Racing Santander and Málaga, the bread and butter matches.

1/11/2009 Villareal 5:0 CD Tenerife The club suffered their worst defeat for eight years at the hands of a rampant Villareal outfit. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ as they call themselves had made a poor start to the season, adjusting to life without manager Pelligrini who had made the move to Real Madrid during the summer. But they have a talented squad and it is not a huge suprise to see them

ascend the league table. Joseba Llorente grabbed a double as Villarreal demolished the blanquiazules 5-0 at El Madrigal, which is located close to Castellón in the Valencia region of Spain. Llorente’s goals sandwiched efforts from Giuseppe Rossi and ex-Arsenal star Robert Pires, before Cani rounded off the win and further eased the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde. Italian International Giuseppe Rossi partnered Joseba Llorente in the absence of the suspended Nilmar for the home side, and the latter repaid his manager by opening the scoring on sixteen minutes. The former Valladolid man drove a low shot into the corner of the net following a defence slip between Pablo Siclia and Manolo Martinez. Despite taking the lead however Villarreal did not have the first half entirely their own way. Tenerife have been pointless on the road this season, losing every game, but they still play some good football. Alejandro Alfaro and Nino both had decent chances, with the latter forcing Diego Lopez to look sprightly to save down to his right. Nino, despite his recent award as last season’s best forward in the second division, has lacked confidence in the top flight and now appears to rush his efforts on goal. Villarreal were well aware that they could not afford to rely on maintaining their goal advantage, as Osasuna and


Mallorca had pegged them back when ahead earlier in the season, and they had to ensure that they opened up a lead or Tenerife could well land a sucker punch on the break. But in a frenetic five-minute spell they dismantled the visitors with a display of attacking football that they have threatened to produce all season. The vital second goal arrived from the trusty boot of Robert Pires. The Frenchman turned 36 on Thursday, and he simply couldn’t miss thanks to a Giuseppe Rossi cross that swept beautifully into his path. Moments later it was three, and this game was over as a contest. Rossi, who had been working hard with little reward as Villarreal struggled to find their feet in the opening weeks of the campaign, smashed home a typically cultured finish with his left foot. The Yellow Submarines had not finished yet. On 52 minutes the industrious Llorente added his second and his side’s fourth thanks to a close-range header. Tenerife stopper Sergio Aragoneses looked stunned at how quickly his side had


1. Barcelona 2. Real Madrid 3. Sevilla 4. Valencia 5. Mallorca 6. Dptvo La Coruna 7. Sporting 8. Espanyol 9. Ath.Bilbao 10. Getafe 11. Osasuna 12. Zaragoza 13. Villarreal 14. Valladolid 15. Almeria 16. Tenerife 17. Racing 18. Atletico Madrid 19. Xerez 20. Malaga

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Second Division 02/11/2009 CLUB 1. Cartagena 2. Hercules 3. Real Sociedad 4. Levante 5. Rayo Vallecano 6. Betis 7. Numancia 8. Gimnastic 9. Recreativo 10. Cordoba 11. Salamanca 12. Villarreal B 13. Las Palmas 14. Elche 15. Cadiz 16. Albacete 17. Real Union 18. Girona 19. Huesca 20. Celta Vigo 21. Murcia 22. Castellon



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been decimated by the ruthless Yellow Submarines, but he had been left simply helpless. The scoring was rounded off in the final minute, when a Joan Capdevila cross was powered home by Cani from inside the six-yard box. Villarreal had sent a message to the rest of La Liga that they are ready to be a

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force to be reckoned with once more, while Tenerife are left to reflect on a another away-day nightmare. In the King’s Cup match Tenerife grabbed an away goal despite losing to Celta 2:1 and will hope to even the score in the return leg in Santa Cruz on November 10th.

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