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ENERIFE isn’t about to become “Eurovegas” but it is going to spin the wheel to see what fortunes casinos could bring.

The island’s government is aiming to sell shares in the casinos in Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz and Playa de las Americas to entrepreneurs interested in developing a new tourist product. The idea is unlikely to bring a huge boost from a money point of view but will add yet another attraction for Tenerife and help to create and sustain jobs. New president of Tenerife Cabildo, Carlos Alonso says they have already received approaches and they were currently studying the value of the shares, in addition to the procedure they would offer, with a view to a sale in 2014. He stressed they were not looking for a Eurovegas and no decision would be taken yet as to whether it would open the door for more casinos across the island. Casinos would be one part of the tourism offer on Tenerife, not the main element. It was, however, “an opportunity” and “an interesting path”. The casino operations have apparently run at a loss over the last two years but a profit would be anticipated in 2014. Hoteliers are expressing caution about the profitability of any acquisition and also say entrepreneurs must not wait years for something to happen. Nevertheless, Ashotel believes it is a great business opportunity which would help to diversify tourism in Tenerife.





Shark puzzle


TUDENTS at La Laguna University may come up with an idea to keep sharks away from the shores of Tenerife.

Experts are stressing that the sighting of three sharks in just over a month off Playa de las Americas is “nothing unusual” and 20 to 30 years ago, there were many more of them in the ocean here. However, it is accepted that closing a beach, even for a short time, does not help the island’s tourism image and can create concern. The students have been asked to look at preventative measures and why these sharks came into shore. Options available could include an electric device like a beacon as used in other countries but this has the serious drawback of being potentially harmful to other animals who could get stuck or die. The small sharks spotted are not considered a threat but Arona council is planning a new “protocol”. See for full story inside.



UERTO de la Cruz appears to be winning its battle to revive its fortunes and become “somewhere extra special” in Tenerife.

Business leaders say a new report on tourism trends gives cause for optimism as visitor numbers are growing and so is daily expenditure. In fact, the average tourist spends 30 euros more than the island average, including more on car hire, entertainment, culture, health, restaurants and food. They also take more excursions and enjoy a greater number of activities. Particularly encouraging is the growth in visitor numbers which up until July showed an increase of 5.2%. This was mainly due to the Spanish market, up 7.7% which bucks the trend for the rest of the island which saw a drop of 5.3%. In July alone, tourists from the mainland rose 27.4%, important for Puerto as this market represented 63.4% of visitors to the town in July. The daily tourist spend in Puerto is worked out at 37.8 euros a day, compared to 36.5 euros in Adeje and Arona (39.5 euros). Tourism councillor Carmen Padilla said Puerto de la Cruz was trying to give visitors a different kind of product and the trend was very positive. It is also good news for the Urban Consortium which is leading the way in the revival.











































“Do you know La Orotava?” campaign “Soy La Orotava, ¿me conoces?”. “I am La Orotava. Do you know me?”


HIS is a question many more people will be able to answer “yes” to over the coming months, thanks to a promotional campaign being launched by the local council.

This beautiful and historic area is to presented across the south of Tenerife through various actions in a bid to bring more visitors to the municipality. Councillor for economic development, Felipe David Benítez headed a meeting with local businessmen and women to explain the campaign which will be launched at the end of October. It is planned to turn the spotlight on La Orotava’s culture, history, nature, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, landscape and art. An agreement has been reached with the Provincial Association of Car Rental Companies which will see each customer with ten firms receive a promotional brochure highlighting places to see and visit in La Orotava. It will also list the various routes to get there, including via the Teide National Park. La Orotava will also have a 30-second video slot on televisions in hotel rooms in the south of Tenerife, concentrating on the four


Drugs cultivated on roof

and five-star market. In future, cruise ship passengers arriving at the island will be offered a day excursion to the municipality and a new information board about La Orotava has been placed in the National Park.


Dolls inspire unusual show


OMPLAINTS by residents led to the arrest of a man in his 30s for cultivating marijuana on his roof.

Police said they had received numerous calls about the situation in Buenavista del Norte. When they went to the premises, they found around 50 plants being grown on the communal roof terrace and other equipment which was seized. The marijuana amounted to around 390 grams. The man now faces prosecution for drug cultivation or processing.

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Hotel tipped for top award


ENERIFE’S luxurious Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque has been nominated for a prestigious award.

The leading tourism guide Condé Nast Johansen has selected the Costa Adeje hotel as a finalist in the category of “Best destination hotel” in its 2014 excellence awards. The competition was created to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in hotels and resorts which are part of the guide, known throughout the world as a mark of quality. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Mayfair Hotel in London on November 4th at which the guide for 2014 will be presented.


OKESHI, beautiful Japanese dolls handmade from wood, have inspired an unusual exhibition in La Laguna.

The inauguration of this latest show from artist Luz Sánchez Aguilar (Pendientera) took place on October 11th and it can be seen until November 1st. It also gives the viewer the chance to discover the unusual “Don’t Panic” shop in the middle of La Laguna in calle Tabares de Cala nº 15. “Kokeshis 2.0” follows on from the artist’s first successful exhibition in the same space in 2009. This latest event shows how the artist has inter-acted with the public. Thanks to the social network sites, the series has been expanded to express their own personal demands and concerns. In the exhibition, you can purchase original works of art, jewellery and items which have the Pendientera seal.





Repsol report “fit for rubbish bin”


HE Canary Government has accused Repsol’s environmental report into oil exploration off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura as being inadequate and ambigious.

Apple has wide appeal



HE reineta apple of Tenerife is to take centre-stage in El Sauzal from October 11th to November 1st.

Gastronomy comes in all shapes and sizes and this is certainly something different for visitors and local people to taste and enjoy. The programme will include a school poetry competition, a walk amongst the apples, a photographic exhibition and the first-ever Cider

Festival. There will also be a flea market on October 27th. More than 40 establishments in Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza, La Victoria and Santa Ursula are taking part in the gastronomic route, offering customers at least one dish made from apples.

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It also believes that in most other countries apart from Spain, the 10,000-page document would go “straight into the rubbish bin”. Vice-president José Miguel Pérez said in a press conference that Repsol had failed to properly address the

Fires follow car accident Police are investigating why two vehicles collided and burst into flames on the TF-373 between Garichico and El Tanque. The alert was raised at around 10pm in the evening through the 1-1-2 emergency service. Fire-fighters were called to the scene and had to put out fires in both cars, as well as a small outbreak on the verge adjacent to the road. At least two people were taken to hospital.

Santa Cruz thefts could be fatal



ANTA Cruz has been put on alert because of the rising incidence of cable thefts from traffic lights across the city.

The council has warned that this is putting not just motorists and pedestrians at ver y serious risk but the criminals themselves as they could suffer an electric shock which could prove fatal. The number of cases reported this year has risen considerably over 2012 and is costing the capital money to both repair the damage and replace the cables. Up until the end of September, 1,020 metres of cable has

been stolen from traffic lights, as well as manhole covers. Throughout the whole of 2012, 600 metres were taken. Replacement costs alone between June and September amounted to more than 3,000 euros and it’s estimated this is multiplied ten times when the theft of cabling from street lights is added. Security councillor, José Alberto Díaz Estébanez said although the cost was

obviously a concern, “what really worries us is that there could be a serious accident or a tragedy.” There are various hot-spot theft areas in the capital, with the cables being taken at night so that they are not detected until the next day. It means pedestrians are frequently having to cross the road without warning lights and there are no stop signals for drivers. To prevent the thefts, Santa Cruz will shortly launch a special campaign with the police for round-the-clock vigilance and there will be arrests and prosecutions.

risks of oil surveys or measures which might have to be taken to avoid them. The Canary Government is totally opposed to test oil drilling off the islands because of the environmental impact and has pledged to fight it “all the way”. The environmental

report is to be taken to court and challenged as the latest move in its ongoing campaign. The regional executive believes the Repsol document does not comply with EU directives and does not look at a particular area, just a theoretical project. Sr. Pérez said they believed this was because the Spanish Government, which has given the go-ahead in principle, is rushing to get final approval

and see test oil drilling start as soon as possible. The Canary Government believes the report has “grave breaches” and does not look at the risks to tourism, the ecosystem and fishing. The Repsol report has just been subject to a three month period of public consultation and all comments and objections made will now go back to the company for its answer.

Arona will draw up new plan



RONA is likely to draw up a new General Plan after the 2011 version was cancelled by the Supreme Court.

Councillors say it is a setback for the municipality but insist they did nothing wrong in drawing up the document and have not contravened the rules. This week, it was anticipated that on the instructions of the Canary Government, Arona council will lodge an appeal against the Supreme Court ruling. They are loathe to see the replacement of the 2011 Plan with the one drawn up in

1993. The Mayor, Francisco Niño and councillor for urbanism, Carmelo García have already given the instruction to start a new plan as they feel that even the 2011 version is now outdated “and does not give answers to the needs of the municipality to overcome the crisis.” However, it is still considered better than the one before. The council says it will be inviting all opposition groups

and the business sector to participate in the consultation process which will look at commercial, tourism and leisure uses. The Mayor said the court ruling was a setback but Arona would not stop and would continue working towards the plan. The council does not believe it made mistakes in drawing up the 2011 document though the court ruled some land was designated for various uses without the necessary environmental reports.







“Keep calm over shark sightings”


message of calm has been relayed to beach users in Playa de las Americas after three shark sightings in just over a month.

Arona Council says there is no cause for alarm as there has never been an incident in the Canary Islands and no episode of shark aggressiveness. At one stage last week,

swimmers were advised to leave the water after a small shark was spotted in the area near Verónicas. It was said to have been about four metres from the shore and about two

Harvest Festival

metres long but could not be found by the Guardia Civil. The evacuation was the second within a fortnight. Arona’s deputy Mayor and environment councillor, Antonio Sosa said the three sightings had prompted them to prepare a protocol to deal with such situations.

In principle, he said, there was no danger but swimmers had been asked to leave the water. There were sharks in the Canaries but not around the beaches. Nevertheless, what was considered to be an isolated phenomenon had prompted a full in-depth investigation.

See “Spider´s Web”


HIS week, the children at Wingate School from Nursery to Sixth formers participated in our annual Harvest Festival.


In true tradition, the children were asked to bring food - tins and packets - to give to others less fortunate. Pastor Bill Jeffreys, from Costa del Silencio Christian Fellowship, came to talk to the children about what Harvest means and how they were helping with their collection. He redistributes food to families and organisations in the South of Tenerife and was over-whelmed by the generosity of the whole school. The school said: “We had a fantastic response to our request for food and can only thank people for their kindness. Once set out in the hall, it made a fantastic and extremely impressive display! The only concern the children had was “Is his car big enough?”

O coincide with Puerto de la Cruz’s Agatha Christie Week ESTA (The English Speaking Theatrical Association) will be performing the popular play “Spider’s Web” by the renowned British crime writer.

The performances will be held at the Hotel El Tope in Puerto de la Cruz (Calzada de Martiánez, 2 - 38400 Puerto de la Cruz - Tenerife - Islas Canarias. Tel. +34 922 38 50 80) on Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th November. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the performance will begin at 8.30pm. There will be a 20 minute intermission with a full bar service. The performance ends at around 10.30pm. ESTA, which is celebrating its 30th year, looks forward to welcoming you to the event which promises to be a real Whodunit? The cast will consist of : Paula Marsay, John True, David Gilroy, Toby Baillon, Tim Polly, Valerie Nordholm , Colin Price, David George, Sîan Price and Jane Ortega. Tickets can be bought on line at the internet address below and in advance from ESTA’s secretary Sheila Perrin on +34 922 33 23 40 or at the door on the evening.


UERTO de la Cruz is to help spread the message against gender violence.

The local council’s department of women has received a grant of 6,000 euros which will help the Municipal Centre for Women and allow the launch of a prevention and protection campaign. Councillor in charge, Verónica Rodríguez said there were various aims of the project between now and the end of the year, including raising public awareness about this social problem.

One of the elements will be additional training for the professionals who work with victims of domestic violence and educational projects in schools and colleges. There will also be greater communication with community groups. The Department of Women says the grant is very positive news and all involved have shown a great interest and willingness to collaborate.

Hoax caller “was BOMB ALERT laughing”


RECIOUS police time was wasted in Puerto de la Cruz when a so-called “joker” claimed there was a bomb in the town.

“The road to nowhere”

The false call was made to the 1-1-2 Co-ordination Centre for Emergencies and Security, alleging there was a device in the street near the Miguel Ángel Díaz Molina centre. Police were told the anonymous caller was laughing but even so, they decided to take no chances. National Police went to the scene and carried out a thorough search though nothing was found. Would-be hoaxers are being warned they will face prosecution if caught.


L Rosario is calling for urgent action to complete unfinished work on the links from the municipality to the TF-1.

Progress has been frozen for months following problems with the contractor so the local council has unanimously called for a new award of the contract. Councillors say the state of the TF-1 in this area is “deplorable” and have complained about the lack of garden maintenance, security fencing and lighting which is “endangering the safety of people and vehicles”. The appeal has been made to the Department of Public Works of the Canary Government, with the area described as “third world” and presenting a bad image to the main entrance to the

Puerto wins grant for anti-violence project POSITIVE STEP

town. It has been labelled “the road to nowhere”. A statement made by the Government in February 2013 saying the work had only been temporarily suspended and would resume shortly is also being challenged. “We believe the residents of El Rosario deserve more respectful treatment, especially when their safety is at risk,” said councillor for infrastructure, Manuel Martínez Álvarez.







A pledge to help Alzheimer’s

“Legal limbo” over time-share rules C


RANADILLA has declared itself a “solidarity city” with Alzheimer’s.

The Department of Social Services wants to record its concern for this major problem and to offer as much support and help as it can. Social services councillor Ana Esther Flores Ventura said there was a significant incidence of the disease amongst residents who might be suffering more because of the limited resources in such a big area. Alzheimer ’s is the most

prevalent form of dementia affecting Spain with 3.5 million sufferers either directly or indirectly. Granadilla believes more help has to be given and feels that despite the recommendations of organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the European Parliament, there is no specific plan aimed at mitigating the effects of the disease.

OALICIÓN Canaria of Adeje has passed on its complaints about the municipality’s new time-share ordinance to Ashotel.

The CC is astounded that a legal hold-up by the council means time-share companies are unable to fully comply with the rules and could still risk being fined. The new ordinance requires time-share firms to abide by various regulations, including making a very large deposit with the council and


Five overcome by toxic gas


IVE people needed treatment for gas inhalation after a lucky escape in Gran Canaria.

Two workers suffered respiratory failure of a serious nature due to breathing in toxic fumes whilst inside a tank in a building in Las Palmas. A local resident and two police officers were also affected. The alert was raised

through the 1-1-2 Canar y Emergency Service at 7pm in the evening which reported that two workmen had become unconscious. The resident and two officers were affected as they rescued one of the men. The second was

brought to safety by fire-fighters. Both workers were taken to hospital whilst the resident, less seriously affected, also needed hospital treatment. The two police officers were treated at the scene. A full investigation is now underway to determine exactly what happened.

then paying a monthly fee for the right to put time-share representatives on the streets. There are also strict rules about these employees as well, in that they must be properly registered and wear name badges. CC Adeje says that four months on from the introduction of the new rules,

the set fee has still not been set and believes there will be a “legal limbo” for some time. Therefore, even though some of the companies have submitted all the necessary documents and paid the 5,000 euros deposit, they can still not get full authorisation. That means they could still be fined up to 3,000 euros if they carry out the time-share activities. They describe the situation as very serious, especially after revelations on September



The allegations have been made by Socialists on the local council who are calling for a

Granadilla council is undertaking work at a cost of nearly 65,000 euros which will make the area brighter and also provide more efficient lighting. Councillor responsible for public works, José Manuel García Mendoza agreed that El Topo, half-way between the coast and the populated centre of San Isidro, needed urgent improvement to its lighting.

Arrests for human trafficking



OLICE in Spain and Mauritania have made a major breakthrough in clamping down on human trafficking to the Canary Islands.

Following a joint investigation, they have arrested six people who tried to get 49 illegal immigrants into Tenerife and Gran Canaria this summer. The boat passengers paid up to 1,800 euros each in a bid to flee their homes in Africa. Of the six arrests, three were made in Gran Canaria and three in Mauritania. One of them is the owner of a boat


LAY facilities in San Juan de la Rambla have been criticised as “unhealthy, neglected and dangerous for children”.

ESIDENTS who have asked for better lighting in the El Topo area of El Médano have won their case.

which was used for shipping the immigrants whilst another two would wait on smaller wooden boats out at sea for their transfer. The investigation began in August when a cayuco arrived on a Tenerife beach with 26 immigrants on board, followed in September with another arrival in Gran Canaria when the boat carried 23 people. These

included four children and a woman who was four months pregnant. The authorities were able to link the two to an international clan who made considerable amounts of money from the business of illegal immigration to Spain. The Tenerife arrival was the only one so far this year and the first since 2009 but five boats have managed to reach the shores of Gran Canaria. All of them have been detected and the immigrants arrested and eventually sent home.

A previous report on this issue inadvertently said this situation was in Arona rather than Adeje. We apologise to CC Adeje for the error.

Anger over neglected play areas


Lighting up El Topo

13 th when police revealed there had been 50 complaints. Spokesman Ricardo Moreno said it was an injustice not to grant accreditation because of an administration error. These facts have also been relayed to Ashotel president, Jorge Marichal.

conditioning and cleaning programme as a matter of urgency.

Socialist councillor for parks and gardens, Eulalia Toledo said that during the ten months of control by the AIS-CC-PP, the play areas had not been properly looked after and there had been numerous complaints from residents. It is alleged that the deterioration is affecting all areas but particularly Las Aguas where the situation is said to be “particularly serious” with an accumulation of dirt, full-up rubbish bags and dying plants. All that is needed, say the Socialists, is a little love and care, thorough cleaning, painting, replacement furniture items, plastering and attention to landscaping.

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Spanish advice in YouTube interview

Harsh words over copper wiring thefts


EARN Spanish, note the expiry date of your passport, tell holiday-makers to get health insurance and visit the British government website at This is some of the advice outgoing Ambassador for Spain, Giles Paxman believes is essential to help expatriates prepare for the difficulties of living here. “You can prepare for the sort of difficulties you might face so that if those difficulties do occur, they remain simply difficulties and don’t become dramas”, says Mr Paxman in an interview with expatriate television station Viva TV, which can also be seen on YouTube. “First of all check the validity of your passport. It’s very easy simply to make a note in your diary when your passport needs renewing. If you don’t and you’ve suddenly got to travel overseas, it’s going to be very disruptive and ver y expensive to get an emergency passport.” “Tell people who are coming to visit you what they need to do before they travel. Tell them to get their European Health Insurance Card, and tell them to get comprehensive travel insurance because if they don’t and something

happens to them, then the holiday will turn into a nightmare.” Mr Paxman adds that it is important that expatriates should try to integrate into their local communities. “A lot of British people who live here don’t speak Spanish and I understand that but more and more local authorities do have people who speak English. Go along to your local town hall and find out what sort of services they’re offering. “ You’ll probably find there’s more than you might imagine including the local, emergency and health services that may be able to help if you face a problem. Those are the people that Britons should be turning to if they face difficulties, rather than coming to the Consulates.” The British consular network in Spain is the busiest in the world, handling more than 6000 cases last year. “Because we have such a

high volume of cases we have to be fairly selective about the things that we will do and the things that we won’t,” says Mr Paxman. “We have to focus on the most serious and demanding cases. “Some of these cases are highly distressing: young people who have come out to Spain and because they haven’t taken the right precautions or because of a moment’s stupidity – often alcohol fuelled - they can ruin their lives.” Finally, Mr Paxman encourages all expatriates to visit the British government website at “You can find

out so much about what the government does and what services are offered in every area from tax to health and social services. You may find the answer to a lot of questions you didn’t even know you had.” The interview with Mr Paxman was filmed by Alicantebased Viva TV and reflects on the Ambassador’s four years in Spain. It can be seen on YouTube at watch?v=Q8WdlIZ20sc (Preview) Ambassador Giles Paxman leaves Spain later this month. He will be replaced by Simon Manley, a senior diplomat who previously headed the Foreign Office’s Europe Directorate.

Fears over forest fires



NION representatives are expressing concern about cuts to fire-fighting budgets in the national parks of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the danger that could bring.

The Federation of Industry and Agricultural Workers says the situation is “very delicate” and has accused the Government of dropping its guard. It believes fire-fighting precautions should be maintained at the same level all year round, saying it is a misconception that “fires go out in the winter”. The union has aired its concerns to the Spanish press and believes the situation is going to get worse in 2014, with the budget being described as “insufficient” and warning of “a real catastrophe”. All the municipalities of the autonomous communities are being urged to maintain a professional fire-fighting fleet all year round and to embark on a major clean-up of debris and fallen leaves in the mountains and forests. This debris was creating fuel for fires and the unions allege that some areas have not been cleared for 20 years.


HE continued theft of copper wiring has led to some harsh words and criticism in La Laguna which is thousands of euros out of pocket. As a result of thefts this summer, the local council has had to fork out 37,100 euros for replacement wiring, involving the relaying of more than 17,000 metres. First deputy Mayor, Javier Abreu said they were disgusted by the thefts and criticised Canary Government sub-delegate, Guillermo Díaz Guerra for allegedly not doing enough to help curb this phenomena. He said he should act in the same way as his counterpart in Córdoba who was co-ordinating efforts to prevent this type of theft. The company responsible for La Laguna’s public lighting, VVO Services has been replacing the stolen copper wiring which particularly hit the municipality between June

and September. In June, the council had to invest about 8,000 euros, followed by 10,211 euros in July, 6,445 euros in August and 12,500 euros in September. Sr. Abreu deplored “these acts of vandalism against outdoor lighting” which in some cases had left areas completely in the dark and caused economic damage to the public purse. He asked for residents to be vigilant and to seek out the culprits by phoning the police or the 24-hour hotline on 900 814 976. He congratulated the police on arrests made so far and members of the public for their help, as well as the fast and efficient replacement work carried out by VVO Services.


Tegueste offers bike ride trip


ANCY a bit of bike riding in Fuerteventura? Tegueste council is organising a three-day trip from October 31st to November 3rd.

The activity combines sport with enjoying the environment and there will be visits to the beaches, villages and other places of interest. The island will be explored north to south, with the first phase starting in Corralejo, covering areas such as El Cotilo and Los Molinos to Tefia. The second day will start from

Tefia to Puerto del Rosario and ending at pozo Negro. The third and final day will be from here to Morro Jable. The trip has been organised by Tegueste council’s sports department and anyone interested should ring 922 15 39 73 or 922 31 61 59 or via email

Oslo flight from December



HE Scandinavian company, SAS has confirmed it will run its direct flight from Oslo to Tenerife every Saturday from December

The route operated for six weeks in the summer and will start again for the winter season as a result of its success. Tenerife Cabildo president, Carlos Alonso said they had negotiated with SAS throughout the year in order to consolidate its commitment with the island. It was considered a very prestigious airline with customers of high spending power. The decision is regarded as a major boost as it will help secure and increase the Nordic market which is the fourth largest market for Tenerife behind the British, Spanish and Germans.



Aiming for a house in the sun?



PAIN has emerged as the Number 1 destination for people seeking expert advice about buying a home in the sun.

Two thirds of prospective purchasers who sought advice from Foreign Office property experts at the ‘A Place In The Sun’ show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham said their preferred destination was Spain. Foreign Office advisers from Spain and France, including Alicante Consul Paul Rodwell and British Embassy Madrid property expert Bernadette Gallagher, spoke to a total of 2,209 people who were considering buying a place abroad. Two-thirds (66%) wanted advice about purchasing in Spain, with a quarter (24%) considering France and the rest (10%) looking at other countries or undecided. More than four out of five people said they found the advice very useful and would use it when buying their home. They particularly liked the fact that the advice was impartial and free. Most advice given by the Foreign Office team concentrated on three key areas: The value of following the Foreign Office property buyers’ checklist before moving abroad (take your time, rent first, access healthcare correctly, consider the impact of moving exchange rates on your savings, etc.) The importance of getting good independent advice around your purchase (legal advice, following the buyers’ checklist). The wealth of information on www.GOV.UK about pensions and benefits abroad and living in a specific country. Expatriates who have friends or family who are considering buying a property here in Spain can help them by pointing them towards a new Foreign Office video on YouTube and the Foreign Office’s How to buy property in Spain guidance on www.GOV.UK. Organisers of the ‘A Place in the Sun’ show said visitor numbers were well up on last year, suggesting increasing interest among Britons in buying abroad. More than 12,000 homes in Spain have been bought by Britons over the past three years.

Drugs strapped to body


teenage drug smuggler was arrested by police as he was about to board a flight to the mainland from Tenerife north airport.

The 19-year-old of Dominican nationality was found in possession of 554 grams of cocaine. Because he showed signs of being nervous, Civil Guard officers arrested him and a search revealed a suspicious object strapped to his body. This contained 39 capsules and he confessed to having swallowed three other packets.



Tourism strategy for the future Granadilla is to embark on its biggest ever tourism strategy


HE project by the local council’s tourism department aims to bring together regional resources, nature, culture and history.

Tourism councillor, Nuria Delgado Hernández said the plan would set guidelines for the years ahead and develop products that would differentiate Granadilla from other areas of Tenerife. “Without a doubt, this is one of the most important projects promoted by the council,” she commented. The idea will be to capture more tourists and show them what the municipality can offer. Expert consultants have been brought in to lead the study.



Fight for jobs must continue A

NNUAL unemployment in Santa Cruz has decreased for the first time since 2007 but the Mayor says there is “no room for complacency”. The total number of people without jobs currently stands at 28,984 which also means that for the first time since February 2011, it is below the 29,000 mark. For the month of September, unemployment fell by 0.5% over August and 6,500 new contracts were signed, up 18.6% on the previous month and 14.4% more than in September 2012. The Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez said the data confirmed an encouraging trend over the last few months but stressed they had to preserve with the task in hand. It was vital to generate the right conditions for investment and entrepreneurship and to

Tourism councillor, Nuria Delgado Hernández

encourage economic activity. He pointed out that in 2012, Santa Cruz was the municipality where more jobs were created (a 36% share of the island) and fewer jobs had been lost. “But there is no room for complacency,” he added. “Quite the contrary as we must continue with revitalisation plans for the city which has involved doubling the number of activities taking place.” Chief officer of the Development Corporation, Florentino Guzmán agreed it was good news for Santa Cruz and had broken the pattern of the last six years. There had been a very strong performance with contracts which had exceeded all forecasts.

Praise for Puerto’s new business space


unique business space which will help foster new ideas and create employment is ready to roll into action in Puerto de la Cruz this January. Twenty-four students and six teachers have been preparing the project - Centro de Iniciativas Empresariales – on the top floor of the municipal market. The idea is to bring together three elements, the Local Development Agency, Coworking and Business Incubators. The team has been responsible for the rehabilitation of the premises which was grantaided through the European Social Fund and also from Puerto council. Councillors recently visited the centre to see the completed

work and to present diplomas to the students. The incubators will provide space for people who want to start their own businesses with support and help available from the Local Development Agency. The project has been described as one of the best in the Canary Islands and has already attracted interest from other municipalities in the archipelago. The role the students have played will live on as they all etched their signatures in a screen in the co-working section.








Snake found in doorway

Boost for island’s air routes’ campaign


ENERIFE’S ongoing work to attract new routes and widen its horizons has received an official accolade.

More than 300 airlines attending the World Forum for Development Routes (Routes), held in the United States, voted Tenerife the second best destination in the world for attracting new routes. The island was second behind a whole continent, Australia, and ahead of other major destinations such as Turkey and the Seychelles. Cabildo president, Carlos Alonso welcomed this

important recognition which follows on from the award in Budapest earlier this year as leading European destination in this area. He said it supported the work being carried out by Tenerife Tourism to achieve greater external connectivity, “one of our highest priorities”. Tenerife was the only Spanish destination with a nomination in Routes. Sr. Alonso said they had received the support of the


A resident raised the alarm at about 11am after spotting the creature curled up near a doorway in La Habenera. Officers used a flat brush to sweep it into a box and it was then taken to the Wildlife

Recuperation Centre. The snake was about 50cms long and was said to be typical of those found on the mainland, growing to about a metre in length when adult but apparently harmless to humans.

Experts to look The history of at ecotourism the south


F you are interested in the history of Tenerife south and speak Spanish, then a November event will be of interest.

Arona council is holding its third “Jornadas de Historia del Sur de Tenerife” on November 6th, 7th and 8th in the Los Cristianos cultural centre. Registration is free and can be carried out by sending your details and telephone number to by October 31st. The conference intends to foster research into this area and will focus on the geography, history and art of the municipalities of the south of Tenerife.


Santa Cruz “sin gluten”


ANTA Cruz wants to promote itself as a “gluten-free” city.

An agreement has been signed with the Provincial Celiac Association which will see several promotions across the capital between now and December. It is likely that the collaboration will then be extended for a further year. Chief executive officer of the Development Corporation and fifth deputy Mayor, Florentino Guzmán said there would be a presentation of the project

“Santa Cruz gluten-free” to different trade associations and the hospitality industry. Information would also be relayed via the council’s website and social networks. The idea was to stress how restaurants and shops should be ver y aware that they needed to pay special attention to issues such as celiac intolerance and to generally increase awareness.

In the last year, the efforts of the Cabildo have contributed to the opening up of 36 new direct routes from major companies such as Norwegian and British Airways with business class seats on its connections to London, Aeroflot with a new route to Moscow, SAS between Tenerife and Oslo and Royal Air Maroc amongst others. The increase in connectivity has brought more than a million additional air seats in addition to other achievements such as the opening up of new bases for Norwegian and Vueling.



snake alert brought the police to a residential courtyard in La Orotava.

entire industry which was a boost to the brand and their destination and encouraged them to continue working along the same lines. In the context of the forum, Sr. Alonso has been in contact with several US airlines which have shown interest in opening up new routes to Tenerife. He said there was a real opportunity for the island to position itself as a tricontinental platform for the European markets, the US and Africa, a continent which this month opened up a new route to Casablanca operated by Royal Air Maroc.



A Laguna believes a new “ecotourism” project will help to bring a new lease of life to the north-east area of the municipality.

Experts, including a marine biologist, have been called in to identify ways visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of Punta del Hildago in the same way as other locations in Tenerife such Bajamar, Tejina and Valle de Guerra. Tourism councillor, Yeray Rodríguez said the initiative would create economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents. The project will include

management of the resources available and various improvements, including to the information centre at La Punta and signs. The experts will be seconded to the tourism department for six months and will look at all the attractions of the area, whether environmental, historical, ethnographic or culinary. They are likely to develop walking trails and other potentially interesting attractions for visitors.

Extra module at town cemetery


OS Realejos is providing more space for urns in the cemetery of San Francisco.

The local council is extending the niche area with a new module as part of the 2011-2015 Neighbourhood Plan. This involves various smaller projects around the municipality which will benefit the life of residents. The new module at the cemetery will provide for up to 50 new spaces and has a budget of around 7,000 euros. Other improvement work is also being carried out with interior and exterior painting.




Lighting up La Orotava


La Laguna to attract Indian visitors



ESIDENTS of La Orotava are being urged to use new technology to keep the municipality properly illuminated.

The local council and its concessionary company, VVO Services has set up a new online service on which faults can be instantly reported. This can be accessed on This “citizen’s web service” is understood to be a pioneer in the Canary Islands and includes a map and form to complete giving details via

email. Deputy Mayor, Juan Dóniz said great progress had been made over public lighting in recent years and this new facility would improve care even more. VVO Services is already using software for various street lighting tasks, including control of breakdowns and incidents.


PAIN believes the number of Indian tourists is set to dramatically increase and La Laguna intends to be one of the first places on their “must visit” list.

The historic city has been promoted to Indian tour operators and travel agencies during a series of meetings in Madrid. These have been held as part of the ongoing campaign by the Spanish group of World Heritage

Puerto complaint over weather alert “LATE” WARNING


HE Meteorological Agency has come under fire from Puerto de la Cruz after heavy rain caused damage in the town.

The local council says it “regrets the lack of foresight” from AEMET on Wednesday, October 2nd because their alert came 20 minutes after the bad weather struck. A declaration on time could have saved some of the problems and would have allowed the authorities to activate all the necessary resources and procedures under Puerto’s emergency plan. Council officers released a press statement and pictures showing the AEMET bulletins and the times they were received. The pre-alert declaration from the Canary Government, acting on advice from the met agency, was apparently received at 22.08, 19 minutes after the emergency services reported that Puerto de la Cruz had suffered the worst problems between 8.15pm and 8.50pm. Also, according to AEMET, there was no rainfall at all in Puerto and no data produced for the corresponding times when flooding happened. Puerto has asked the Directorate General of Security and Emergency of the Canary Islands to report possible adverse weather conditions in a more timely manner in future. Incidents reported during the rain storms included flooded roadways and drives and debris being washed into the carriageways, causing danger for cars. Elsewhere, the sewage networks over-flowed and Plaza del Charco and La Paz were flooded. Police and municipal staff also took a number of calls from residents.

Centres. In an initiative organised by the Spanish Tourist Office in Mumbai, 20 Indian tour operators were invited to learn about the 13 Spanish cities which have the UNESCO title. They represented companies which specialise in business trips, group and individual holidays in Spain for the growing Indian market. At the moment, the Indian tourist prefers the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and China but Spain is attracting more and more interest. By 2020, Spain expects the number of Indian visitors to have multiplied by five. One of the main vehicles for this was the production in Spain in 2011 of the Bollywood film “You only live once” directed by Zoya Akhtar. This was one of the highest grossing films in India in recent years. In 2012, 61,000 tourists from India came to Spain, an increase over 2011 of 81%. The profile of the Indian visitor is a person of middle to upper class, travelling in a group, as a couple of part of a family. The enjoy shopping and have a growing interest in culture and cuisine, as well as outings. La Laguna became part of the Spanish UNESCO group in 2002 and believes it has the perfect blend of attractions for the discerning Indian visitor.

New church centre “a dream come true”


HE official opening of a new civic-religious centre in La Orotava has been described as “a dream come true”.

The idea of the muchneeded facility in La Florida was first suggested 20 years ago and the first stone was laid in 1997. In the years since, many difficulties have been overcome and residents even formed themselves into a ProNew Church lobby to fundraise over two decades. Guests who attended the consecration by the Bishop included president of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero. The complex, which includes a multi-purpose room, rectory, plaza and now the church, cost 800,000 euros, of which 50% was contributed by residents and through anonymous donations. The diocese gave 30% and the rest came from the municipality of La Orotava. The council also collaborated in the acquisition of the land and and its transfer and the urbanisation of the

plot, including installing drainage, retaining walls, access, construction of the social club and plaza plus extensive landscaping, allocating in total one million euros. A large audience gathered for the consecration which saw the Mayor, Isaac Valencia hand the keys to the Bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez who praised the exemplary support shown and the finished product. His words were echoed by Sr. Rivero who said it was a shining example of how working together could accomplish great things. A church service was then held at which the choir of the Liceo de Tarao performed. The religious centre covers an area of 1,200 square metres and had a capacity for 800 worshippers. The exterior has eight towers although 12 were originally envisaged and it also has a large stone altar.









Toast to success Old schools to Don’t dump of gastro route be demolished? litter in ocean!


RANADILLA council says it is striving to provide new public facilities in Chimiche and El Médano.

The Mayor hopes that in future years, two old schools will be knocked down and replaced with social centres. A meeting has already taken place with the Canary Government’s director general of infrastructures, Demetrio Suárez Díaz to discuss the plan to demolish the old college in Chimiche which is obsolete. It was hoped to build a new


gastronomic route held for the first time in La Laguna this summer is to be repeated next year.

All involved with the initiative, promoted by Mahou-San Miguel and the city’s restaurant association AROCO, were delighted with the response. Nearly 30 establishments took part every Saturday in May and June with the intention of boosting trade and turning the spotlight on local cuisine. At an awards ceremony held at the restaurant El Guaydil, first prize for best cover went to El Libanés whose dishes of Lebanese food surprised many. Customers were asked to fill out a score card as they visited the various restaurants and were entered into a prize draw. Juan Rodríguez Santos won dinner for two at his favourite, El Guaydil whilst Hector de la Rosa Betancort won a selection of products from Mahou San Miguel. The gastronomic route coincided with various street performances and recreational activities.

social dependency centre instead, something that this area was lacking in. The Mayor, Jaime González Cejas said they also wanted to demolish the old school in El Médano to gain new public space for a children’s play area. He said he was happy with the outcome of the meeting and felt that both projects could be advanced.


Capital flourishes with special events


PECIAL trade promotions are helping to liberalise Santa Cruz, says the Mayor José Manuel Bermúdez.

He has expressed his delight at the success of the latest “Come to Santa Cruz” Sunday shopping initiative which on October 6 th was coupled with “Santa Cruz Sal2”. It’s estimated that some 60,000 people flocked into the capital and that the average rate of opening for shops and restaurants stood at 75%. When the idea was first suggested, many businesses said they would not be able to open because of problems with staffing and viability but the statistics speak differently. The Mayor said he was very

proud of the response from the population and Santa Cruz had recorded three weekends of high activity in a row. The event caused a particular buzz on the social network sites. Attractions included a wide range of trade stands in the open-air, selling everything from jeweller y, art and furniture to fashion, electronics and books. Many restaurants also put on special promotions, including tapas and wine or beer for 2.50 euros. Check all the events happening in Santa Cruz on


EMBERS of the public have been urged to think about how they dispose of waste materials and never dump it into the ocean.

The message is being relayed by Granadilla council following a sea-bed clean-up in Los Abrigos which led to the collection of 500 kilos of rubbish. This included all sorts of items, such as pipes and fittings for bathrooms and kitchens, scrap metal and household materials. About 30 volunteers took part in the clean-up campaign promoted by the council and the sports club, El Varillaso. Environment councillor, Jacob Donate said that despite the amount of rubbish

which had been taken out of the bay, it was still a reduction on last year which yielded 1,000 kilos. He asked people to be more aware of the environment and the importance of keeping the coast free from debris. This is always important but even more so because of the forthcoming under-water photography competition on November 2nd and 3rd. Thanks have been extended to all those who helped, including local fishermen who provided their boats.


Accolade for El Rosario bodega


L Rosario has celebrated its first-ever winetasting event.

Five wineries from the municipality took part as part of the festivities in honour of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Organisers and visitors said the wine-tasting had been a great success and also served as an accolade to the bodega La Hijuela for its efforts in promoting the cultivation of the wine and for becoming the first in El Rosario to include the denomination of origin Tacoronte-Acentejo. The event was attended by representatives of the local council, including the Mayor Macario Benítez Gil and councillor for agriculture, José Antonio Estévez Cabrera whose department coordinated the wine-tasting.

High hopes for new school CHARCO DEL PINO VISIT


new school at Charco del Pino appears to be on track. Director general of infrastructures for the Canary Government, Demetrio Suárez Díaz has agreed that the development should be given top priority in the new budget.

A working meeting was recently held in Granadilla, headed by the Mayor Jaime González Cejas who said the new primary school was urgently needed. The existing facilities were old, uncomfortable and out-dated. A site visit is to be carried out this month to assess the situation and the Mayor said they appreciated the government’s understanding and commitment towards the construction of a new school. It is also hoped to instigate reforms to other school premises, including in Granadilla to avoid leaks this winter.




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Health fair to round off campaign



Guests enjoy “La Dolce Vita”


ENERIFE south has been strengthening its ties with the Russian community.

More than 200 guests enjoyed a themed fiesta in Mágic, Playa de las Americas. The “Dolce Vita” evening was organised by Russian businesswoman, Julia Salvato and those attending included the Mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and Arona and Adeje’s tourism councillors. Various nationalities enjoyed entertainment from various artists, including musician and singer Erika Szakal, one of the stars of the musical “History”, Alex Rushinn and Laura, together with some wonderful dancers. Thanks were expressed on

behalf of the Russian community for their warm welcome in Tenerife and the island’s continued support.


CTOBER is a “healthy eating month” in Granadilla and all ages are being encouraged to look at their diets and to make lifestyle changes.

All sorts of events have been taking place, including lectures, contests and courses and on October 26 th from 10am to 1pm, it all culminates with a health fair in El Médano. Mayor, Jaime González Cejas said the municipality was the only one in the Canary Islands to dedicate a whole week to health. This is the sixth edition of “Granadilla cares – Healthy Food 2013” which turns the spotlight on what we eat and the impact it has on health. “Ultimately, we are what we eat,” said the Mayor. The health fair on October 26th is in the main plaza at El

Médano and there will be lots of activities for people to take part in. They will be invited to have their weight taken, body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure. Expert nutritionists will be on hand to give advice and as a new feature, local restaurants El Templete, Casa Fito, Tasca del Sur and La Cantera will host healthy cooking displays. Various school events have been taking place throughout the month and healthy cooking classes will continue for the rest of the year. If you have a specific question about healthy eating, you can email it on

Learning the arts in Los Realejos


ULTURAL activity is growing in Los Realejos and now all ages are being offered the chance to dance, sing, act, create and more. The local council is delighted to offer “unprecedented” activities through its artistic schools for the 2013-2014 academic year.

More than 30 modules are available which range from yoga and musical comedy to ceramics and photography. There is also ballroom dancing, visual arts, design, fashion, film, television, video games, radio, children’s theatre, singing, 3D workshops and nature workshops. “We must live up to the demands of residents who want to learn more or take up new disciplines,” said the Mayor, Manuel Domínguez. More information can be obtained direct from the Casa de las Artes or through the website of (or phone 922.35.25.93).

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Marmaduke is around six years old and a big boy, looks to have a bit of Great Dane in there somewhere. He has come to us in bad shape, extremely skinny and undernourished, infested with fleas and ticks and his poor ears raw from constant insect bites. However, as always, we never give up and like a challenge. By the time you are reading, this he will have been cleaned up, vaccinated, chipped, sterilised, wormed and de-fleed. By some miracle, he does not have the dreaded heartworm so that’s something. Despite the years of neglect he has suffered, he is a friendly boy but big and strong. He would be ideal on a finca where he can run and play. Can you give him his forever home and the care he deserves? If so, call Sue on 629 388102 for more details.

Last Sunday 6th October we were back at Horse Riding Adventures, Aldea Blanca, for Katie’s BBQ number 2. Katie is of course our beloved rescue horse who continues to amaze us with her progress. The day was also the Autumn Show at the stables with various competitions held throughout the day, as well as being Sally, from Tenerife Angels, birthday party. We were happy to host the BBQ as Sally is one of Katie’s benefactors and a long term Live Arico supporter. We raised 285 euros, just by really having a great day out. Many thanks to Jim and Sara Chew for inviting us and to Sally’s Bob for manning the bar and making gallons of delicious mojito. Also to Mig, for once again being invaluable on the BBQ and lastly of course to everyone for coming and enjoying the day. Oh, and Katie won a consolation rosette in the prettiest horse competition, which she celebrated by gate-crashing the BBQ area for the rest of afternoon. Good times.


Next Saturday 19th October we will be having a bit of a posh do. Get your best togs out for our black tie and posh frock

fundraiser at Vivo, Playa de las Americas, from 7pm. Be entertained by the world class Bitter and Twisted, whilst you enjoy a two course meal with wine, beer and soft drinks at the table. Later, chill out on the terrace with Marc Craig and maybe some special guests. Tickets priced at just 25 euros each (12.50 euros for children), call Sue quickly on 629 388102 as tickets are now very limited at this stage. The dress code is of course optional, come as you please, but we thought we needed an excuse to dress up for a change, haha. In any event, don’t miss it, it will be a night to remember.


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for Tenerife, T for Tigers. Did you know there is a very talented troupe of cheerleaders based here in South Tenerife?

The Tenerife Tigers were born in the Let`s Dance/Vamos a Bailar school in Calleo Salvaje and are a already favourite fixture at many sporting events as well as representing Adeje and Tenerife in national and international events. In fact in May of this year the team from Tenerife did fantastically well in a cheerleading competition in Wales and won a total of seven trophies. The group is ver y international with the parents of the children and young adults in the group coming from all over the world, but all live here in Tenerife. And if you think cheerleaders are only secondary to a football or basketball team, think again. Cheerdance is very much a sport in its own right today, and these girls, from 4 to 18 find they are asked to perform at a variety of events, from sporting to charity, and their enthusiasm for the shows is infectious. MADRID. The Tenerife Tigers are very busy this month as many of them are took part in a hugely important

competition in Madrid on October 12th and 13th. The Tenerife Tigers were encouraged to travel to the Spanish capital by the organisers and they represented Adeje at the very first Spanish Cheerleading and Dance competition. This is a very important event for Spain and the Tenerife Tigers hoped to once again return to Adeje with Trophies after representing the Canary Islands. There were more then 22 other teams from around Spain competing and the competition itself was held at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque de Retiro, Madrid. For most, this was a first visit to such a famous venue and the whole team was very excited to have been asked to participate in Spain’s First Cheer and Dance Competiton. And for those Tigers who didn’t make it to Madrid, they performed closer to home in the Adeje local fiestas. The Tigers were asked to take part in the big parade that happened along the Calle Grande, or main street, in Adeje on October 12th.

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More arrests for crack sales


NOTHER three people, including the suspected ring-leader, were arrested in Las Palmas for running a crack factory.

National Police raided two homes in an apartment block following a month-long investigation. About 30 doses of crack ready to be sold were seized, together with precision scales and other objects believed to have come from illegal sources. In August, three other people were arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods and drug trafficking. During this first part of the operation, 100 bikes were discovered. The second phase concentrated on the ring-leader and two others who were preparing the crack ready for sale in tourist areas of the island.


“Lower your air fares” plea


A Palma is urging Iberia to increase its flights to Madrid and to lower its ticket prices.

The call has been made by the Cabildo and is echoed by travel agencies who recently met with representatives of the airline. Island president, Guadalupe González Taño said they had discussed the schedule of flights for the winter and for summer 2014, as well as connectivity to other Spanish cities and European countries. He stressed that whilst the company’s efforts for changing times this summer were appreciated, increases were

needed for the months ahead. The Cabildo has also asked Iberia if it will look at connection times with other services it operates through Iberia Express and Alianza One World. The Cabildo and tour operators also described it as “incomprehensible” that connection fares for La Palma air passengers appeared to be considerably higher than for Tenerife. An appeal has been made for lower prices if the company wanted to achieve optimum occupancy.

Lanzarote welcomes Stockholm route


ANZAROTE is hoping to consolidate its popularity in the Scandinavian market.

Tourism chiefs are delighted that the airline company Norwegian is introducing a new route to the island from Stockholm from December. In principle, this will operate until March. They say it is “great news” and reinforces their efforts to attract visitors from Scandinavia, one of the most stable areas in the world. Norwegian’s StockholmLanzarote service will operate every Friday, with a Boeing 737-800 leaving Arlanda at 8am and landing at Guacimeta at 12.45pm. The return from Lanzarote is at 1.50pm,

reaching Sweden at 8.20pm. The new route follows the efforts of Lanzarote Tourism and the Tourist and Trade Promotion Society with officials of the company. A future connection is also planned with the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. Norwegian already operates a service from Guacimeta to Oslo during the winter. Tourism councillor, Carmen Steinert said the new route was considered fundamental as it would increase connectivity to the island and also reinforce interest in Lanzarote in the Scandinavian market.



Long live the lizard! El Hierro’s giant lizard has a new kingdom of its own NEW ENCLAVE


HE first of a number of releases of the “Lagarto Gigante” or “Gallotia simonyi” planned for the coming months took place near the cliffs of Punta de Agache in the north of the island. A new enclave has been created here to mirror their natural habitat and will help with the protection of this endangered species which is unique in the world. Males and females have been successfully bred in captivity in a rescue centre, with 76 arrivals this year. El Hierro Cabildo is responsible for the recovery programme and chose this latest site of 0.52 hectares because of its isolation and protection away from predators, particularly feral cats. The enclave has good conditions for shelter, food and spawning and can accommodate up to 100 lizards.






Old cave reveals fascinating finds



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fascinating archaeological site in La Palma is likely to yield more finds, thanks to weather- proofing work.

Researchers believe the prehispanic cave of Bel-maco was probably once used as a home or a religious site or a combination of both. Work is currently taking place to correct damage caused by last winter’s rain, including cleaning and adjustments to the layers of rock. The cave was revealed in 1974 and 1978 in excavations led by Mauro Hernández Pérez and more recently by the company Arqueocanarias SL in 2000. The budget for first phase of the work at just over 11,000 euros has been financed entirely by the culture and heritage depart-ment of La Palma Cabildo. Despite the damage caused by the floods, the water did expose between six and seven new layers of strata over and above that found by Mauro Hernández Pérez. Finds have included pottery, bone fragments, plant remains and ash and coal samples. Councillor for the area, Mauro Hernández Pérez said the Cabildo and local council of Mazo was exploring other avenues for possible funding of future excavations and described the cave as a reference point for archaeology in the Canaries.

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Ten Travel team

ND so the clock ticks on and Ten Travel DMC has been in business for 30 years. A company built on the lifetime work of a man whose expertise in the field of tourism on the Canary Islands is unquestionable. Ten Travel DMC was founded by John Lucas in September 1983 when the telex was a modernity and mobile phones were utopia; the company started off representing three medium size British tour operators. The first powerful breakthrough came in 1985 with a contract for Cunard when the company started to organise shore excursions for cruise companies in the Canar y Islands. Since then Ten Travel has gone from strength to strength. That same year a major contract was signed with Finland´s most important tour-operator, Hasse; this vital link to Finland has helped the company develop a strong relationship with the Finnish travel market helping Ten Travel DMC to secure Finland´s only cruise ship representation in the form of Kristina cruises. A milestone for Ten Travel and its cruise department came in 2004 when the team had the honour of operating the shore excursions for Queen Mary´s maiden voyage both in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In 1989 the late and charismatic Paul Edmundson established the Incentive and Conference organizsing department for the company; this area of the business has never looked back and an array of company events have been managed by a department proud to have evolved from its very first event for ICI Dublin. Nowadays Ten Travel are still very much a family run business, in fact more so than ever as John Lucas´s two sons and daughter are currently an active part of the Ten Travel team. They have grown to manage shore excursions for major cruise companies such as Cunard, P&O, Kristina cruises, CroisiEurope, Disney Cruiseline, Seabourn Cruises and Holland America in all of

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HE century old buildings which make up the distillery and associated storage areas of the rum Distillery in Arucas, Gran Canaria are currently undergoing a complete restoration. The interior walls were stripped completely of all old rendering and tiling in prepa-

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discovered by the architect that the damp problem in the lower walls due to the absence of any damp proof course (obviously after years of being subjected to damp penetration) would need to be addressed prior to the new surfaces being applied. Work at this stage was held up until the Architect could arrive at a guaranteed solution. Fortunately one of the associated architects had employed Kendel Developments S.L. 12 years ago to install the Electro Osmotic Damp Prevention System in his private house here in Tenerife and suggested that a meeting should take place with Kendels consultant. As a result of this meeting Kendel were awarded the contract to carry out the damp proofing in 250 linear metres

of 70 cm thick stone walls as it was accepted that the Lectros System was the only possible solution to damp in existing walls. The majority of the installation is now completed but since starting the contract Kendel have received orders to carry out extra work in other attached buildings. Kendel Developments Director Daniel Savill said: “We were delighted to have received the order. Although we have successfully carried out damp proofing projects in private villas and commercial premises throughout the archipelago for the past 14 years, the Arehucas project has to be the biggest and most prestigious for our company and can only take us forward now that we are recognised by the Canarian College of Architects as Damp Proofing specialists”.

Tenerife Pearl helps with the purchase of school supplies and footwear

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HANKS to their fundraising bracelet campaign, Tenerife Pearl, has delivered 4689 euros to the Red Cross for the purchase of school supplies and footwear. Thanks to an agreement signed between the two entities last May, the Red Cross will serve about 100 children from a total of 7 municipalities Tenerife, so they can join the new school term normally. This past May, the Red Cross in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tenerife Pearl (Perla Canaria SL) signed an agreement that was in effect until August 31, to raise funds to support the “Back to School” campaign. Thanks to this initiative Tenerife Pearl has managed to raise a total of 4,689 euros that

has been used to purchase school supplies (pencils, notebooks, markers, ...) and sneakers, in order to serve about 100 children in social and economic vulnerability from the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Puerto de la Cruz, Candelaria, Santiago del Teide and Guía de Isora and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This initiative has been launched by Tenerife Pearl (Perla Canaria SL), specialists in pearl jewelry, with the sale of their “Fundraising Bracelet” in its eight shops in the island of Tenerife (in Armenime,

Visit us for a chat and without any obligation, receive a personal premium calculation. Our area manager will be pleased to answer all your questions; Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09:30-13: 30, later appointments by arrangement. We look forward to your visit! Candelaria and Puerto de la Cruz) and Gran Canaria (in Meloneras, Mogan, Playa del Inglés and Arguineguin), and through their online stores, selling a total of 4,689 bracelets. For the sale of each bracelet, which costs 9.95 euros, Tenerife Pearl has donated the amount of one euro to the Red Cross, intending to minimise the economic impact that the start of the new school term means for families with economic difficulties so their

children can join the new school term normally. These type of interventions are some of the measures promoted by the Spanish Red Cross to strengthen the aid appeal launched last year to meet the increased demands for help and the increasing casualization of the socioeconomic status of people seeking support because their family network can’t supply them and unemployment benefits and other subsidies have been consumed.


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By Loraine Guy

OUR 17


Loraine recounts the book of “Lost lifestyles and traditions of the Agache Region in the 20th Century”

The memories and viewpoint of two Canarian ladies from Agache PART IV


N coming to live in this area of Tenerife I was struck by just how strong the elderly people were and when I came to asking them about their past, some stories seemed unbelievable and that’s when I realised why they were so tough. In this chapter I shall relate stories told to me by two ladies: Carmen Garcia Fria now 89 years, a kinder more delightful soul you couldn’t meet and Julia Castro Cubas, a nextdoor neighbour who was my “Canarian mother” for many years before sadly passing away a few years ago.


“As a young girl I remembered feeling that our family was well off compared to some neighbours. The four caves we lived in were really quite spacious and we were lucky enough to have cemented floors and even a tiled “kitchen” surface. All the walls were white-washed with limestone although the kitchen cave was caked in soot as we cooked there over an open fire. This was the warm part of our home and as the fire hissed and crackled I would sit by my mum as she juggled with pots, pans and old tins of all different sizes to get them to balance on the iron support over the flames. Despite these conditions my mother took pride in cleanliness and would sweep up each day with a palm frond broom and every so often she’d use a knife to scrape off the layers of soot that encased the pans and then with semi burnt wood found in the ashes she would scour them until they shone! Those who had land were also considered wealthy back then and we had plenty where we grew potatoes, corn and beans right down the terraced slopes. As no electricity was installed until 1967 we were more aware of the daylight hours and

arranged our daily tasks around the sun. Our “lamps” simply consisted of ink wells filled with crude paraffin with pieces of old linen rolled up as wicks without any protective glass and these would flicker away in the evening around our home sending off a trail of black smoke and the morning sun would light up our blackened nostrils. The cave where my parents slept was the most presentable and where we received visitors. There were a couple of pictures on the wall and no bed was without a simple wooden crucifix above it in those days. Our bedroom was the largest cave where I slept with my 4 sisters and 3 brothers and as was necessary then children slept 2 or 3 to a bed. They were simple wooden slat beds and our mattresses were made of sacking stuffed with pine needles and once a year before the summer fiestas we would shake them out and replace the musty broken needles. Our family did have some very worn cotton threadbare sheets but otherwise we slept under sacking too but we were lucky to have some blankets that my father bought back from the war although not everyone was so fortunate. I don’t ever remember being cold though and we had great fun in this room with my brothers and sisters jumping and fighting before finally falling asleep. As even the most basic imported foods such as sugar and oil were strictly rationed imported toys were unheard of and we depended on what we could make ourselves. I remember that my first toy was a wonderful rag doll made by my sister who embroidered the face beautifully, the only thing was she didn’t have any hair. Nearby lived the seamstress who had a sewing machine and whose job it was to make up the summer costumes. Well I cut some of my hair and she made an excellent job of fitting it onto my doll which always stayed precious to me. With the help of my sisters we then made her a cot by cutting up large flat cactus leaves and fitting them together.”

Julia “My mother told me that my father took advantage of her when she was 15 and that resulted in my birth on 17th February 1931. For me though, she seemed such a formidable woman I couldn’t imagine anyone taking advantage of her! I also considered my family quite rich as we had quite a large area of cultivated land, a mule and 3 hours of irrigation water every fortnight. When I reached the age of 13 my mother decided I was old enough to help her fetch the firewood atleast twice a week. At 3am she would wake me with hot bitter coffee served in a “condensed milk tin” cup which she tried to sweeten with a crushed boiled sweet. I was so tired but knew we had to get this chore done before the harsh sunshine started. The heat would sap our energy and a deep tan was not considered attractive for a girl where a fair skin was envied. Dressed in rubber soled canvas pumps, stockings and long

Farmers’ market AT SANTA ÚRSULA TOWN HALL ESPLANADE Saturdays / 8:00 am - 14:00 pm

Julia (left) dancing with a friend grubby dresses we would set off on a 4 hour haul climbing the steep trodden paths. As all families depended on this form of fuel, no loose or fallen branches were ever found low down and we always had to hunt for our “catch” deep within the vegetation. Each of us would gather and roll our load then tie it with coarse string to carry it back down the mountain either on our shoulders or on our heads. (All this was girls’ work, boys’ work was to build and repair the dry stone walls and cultivate.) On cloudy rainy mornings it was so dark when we set out that we had to carry make-shift torches made of old cloth dipped in paraffin wrapped around a stick. Many other families did the same so in the distance on dark nights you would often see a procession of flickering lights snaking their way up the mountains. On a couple of occasions we had to climb right up to Las Cañadas, the volcanic ridge, as we just couldn’t find any wood lower down. At that time the pine forest wasn’t as large as it is now and it was around then that the State started the project of reforestation and woe betide anyone who was caught cutting part of a tree! There were armed game keepers so you had to be careful. My aunt was quite a character and she’d set off at 1.00 to steal wood from the property of rich landowners before they got up. There were some very rich people in Guimar and groups of us children would make midnight flits and dig up their potatoes. There were so many of us that the guard was too frightened to make a move and one night we even stole their donkey and blankets which was really daring but instead of taking the normal path back we ended up trudging across the steep prickly ravines screaming and laughing with the excitement. Theft was rare within our community but was acceptable from the very rich who in our minds had far too much by comparison. These early morning hauls weren’t exactly pleasant yet when I was allowed to go alone with my friends I have fond memories of us returning home, heads laden and singing at the top of our voices as the sun just started coming up over the horizon... Occasionally I would have to accompany my father to his vegetable plots up in the hills which also meant a harrowing early morning uphill trudge. How our poor hands suffered when we had to dig up the hard frost covered earth and pull out the potatoes, not only our fingers but our whole hands would go numb. Another horrendous pain was toothache and there weren’t real dentists around nearby. I’ve ended up pulling out many people’s teeth myself but now I’ll tell you a story that will really make you wince. In my early 20s I suffered a toothache that became unbearable. So without telling anyone I went to visit the “latonero” in his cave and asked him for some acid that he used to mend pans with. I then sneeked round the back and poured some on the offending tooth, that really made me scream in agony, not only did I burn a whole layer of gum but shortly afterwards the corresponding teeth fell out!!! But all this pain has made me tough to cope with life, many young people now don’t know they’re born! Thankfully we had the village “fiestas” which was our highlight and the year’s focal point. Processions of people would walk from one village to another to find the “fiesta” chattering and laughing in gaily clad costumes. It was when a girl got the chance to feel like a woman it was the time when life was worth living.”





Tourist rental laws, a solution


Ryanne’s Corner

A scuba hero in the making


ANY readers will have read about recent developments in the court cases proceeding against owners who had rented out their properties to tourists without using the appointed sole agent designated for their complex.

A large number of cases based upon evidence obtained via the internet have now been abandoned by the government, whilst many cases based on other types of evidence are proceeding to court. Whilst this might appear as a partial victory for property owners, it does not alter the fact that the ridiculous rental law remains in place and hanging over the heads of honest property owners wishing to maximise the rental income from their properties. The problem for the majority of owners is that the law forces them to use the current sole rental agent appointed under the said law. In many cases, those agents were appointed well over a decade ago. The rental law initially envisaged that those agents would obtain a licence for a minimum period of three years but it clearly never envisaged such licence being appointed indefinitely without a review by the community. Given that the law requires such agents to demonstrate they are approved by a majority of owners, those owners are legally entitled to demand a review and re-vote after a reasonable period (e.g. every three years). To our knowledge, few if any communities have ever conducted such a review and re-vote. Many of the incumbent agents simply ignore such requests and act as if they have been awarded a licence for life. It should be noted that owners are entitled under community law to write to the president of the community to demand a discussion/review of the sole agent exploitation at their next AGM of the community. However, owners should also be aware that the community does not have to appoint an external private rental agent company to be the sole agent required under the law. In fact, the community itself can be appointed as the sole agent or even form its own company for this purpose, which can the shareholders can be the property owners. The community simply requires the necessary majority vote to approve such a plan and remove the existing sole agent. One of the biggest complaints against the existing sole agents is the perception that holding the monopoly on each complex has resulted in expensive charges, poor service and even favouritism as to which apartments on the complex are rented out first. By taking on the role of sole rental agent, the community can conduct business in an ethical way as directed by the owners. It could choose to subcontract responsibility to an external company, or it could just appoint its own internal manager, staff, cleaners etc to act on its behalf in handling all rentals. However, the key point from the perspective of the owners is that the subcontractor / staff would be controlled by the community, who dictates how they operate and how any profit is divided up between that subcontractor and the owners. Hence, if such subcontractor doesn’t keep the owners happy, it can easily be voted out and replaced at the next AGM without having to make any changes to the community’s sole agent licence at the tourist office. Tenerife Solicitors can advise and assist clients wishing to instigate any such procedures in their community and we can advise upon the mechanics of requesting the review and re-vote at the next AGM. Tenerife Solicitors can also advise and assist generally in a wide variety of community law and administration issues. Tenerife Solicitors offer fixed fee consultations for 50 euros plus IGIC, which is fully refundable against any subsequent work we do on your behalf in that matter. To arrange a consultation, call us on 922 717845 (or 0871 218 0063 from the U.K.) or email us at info @


CUBA Diving is one of the greatest underwater adventures that you could ever experience. With two thirds of the planet covered by water, you can dive almost anywhere and there is so much more yet to be discovered. There is nothing on this earth remotely like scuba diving. Diving offers the chance to get up close and personal to nature in a way you couldn’t possibly imagined until now.

As an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, everything surrounding diving offers a unique and individual learning process. Many Hollywood films feature divers in them, such as old school suits from the famous James Bond collection. So basically, diving has been around for many years. However the ‘Jaws’ myth scared people away and they became afraid of what was underneath the sea instead of exploring it. The element of danger and unknowing can really bring a person out of their comfort zone. But for me, the mystery and sense of adventure within diving makes it so exciting! In the early 70s. viewers from all over the world began tuning in to The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. This opened up new aquatic wonders and people became transfixed with following his passion for marine life. Since then diving really has hit it off and whether you have never done it before or are a qualified diver, there is something for everyone within the extreme sport. As it is an unnatural thing for a human to do, you have to get over the initial fear of breathing underwater and it can become a memorable and powerful experience. Like Sebastian says “darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me.” Breathing underwater and gazing at the unknowing world surrounding me is an unbelievable sight. As my heartbeat slows down and I relax into the water, within the body I can literally feel the change over from the earth into aquatic life each time I dive. So it’s not like you’re a merman or mermaid, with equipment on your back, a mask on your face and a regulator in your mouth. Although physically you aren’t, mentally you are free, words cannot describe how it feels. I have always dived with Riaansscuba ever since it opened back in 2009. Riaan and the team are very friendly and will do all they can to ensure the dive is fun, enjoyable and most of all safe. Located close to the dive centre in South Tenerife, we visited a site that is known for the family of turtles. I have visited this dive site many times previously but this time we arrived to the most incredible view. Being greeted by a turtle peering out of the water getting its breath was simply amazing. The turtles were there and ready to play. Sometimes

it’s hard to pick a favourite dive site as nothing is ever the same. Other sites may be more beautiful or more going on but it is all about the connotations and your memory with specific sites. This site is up there in my list, as this one has the emotional associations that make it so special. Being so close to the turtles and once you are underwater they gladly swim with you and are not afraid. The idea that the turtles are comfortable with humans and you have the chance to share the water with them now is a magical feeling. Within just a few feet into the dive the turtles were around our group. If you are new to diving this site is perfect for you. Surprisingly on this dive, the visibility had been quite low, but many of my best dives have been when I couldn’t see very far around. Riaansscuba’s centre location is a great bonus; directly opposite Playa Arena beach. You can literally walk across the road into the ocean. But the centre also offers a wide variety of sites further afield depending on conditions and ability. The dive sites selected by the centre like this one all have their own unique traits. With transport provided, this also adds to the great value of the dives. Included free within the dive is a CD of photographic memories to never

forget your diving experience. Here are a few of my top diving tips for all you new and old: D Discover: the underwater world and what life is like beneath the ocean bed. Do not be afraid, step out of your comfort zone and be free with the sea life. I imprint: on the environment, we all know it is not going to be around forever so make the most of it whilst it is here. There is so much to seek within the water, make the most of now. V Visual: keep your eyes peeled throughout your experience to gain full benefits from the dive. Also keep an eye on the instructor at all times, he is the one in control and there to keep you safe. E Enjoy: exploring the ocean’s beauty. Make sure you gain the whole experience, in full confidence. R Relax: diving should be a relaxing experience, where you get to relish the world around you and forget about reality above. Relaxing will also make your dives last longer as you will use less air per tank.





E have been talking about the global crackdown on tax evasion and undisclosed offshore assets for years, but this year has seen significant developments.

Global leaders are endorsing automatic exchange of information for tax purposes as the new global standard, and there has been a pivotal shift from bilateral to multilateral agreements. Today more data than ever before is being passed between countries, enabling tax authorities to collect unpaid tax. This will increase when the proposed new agreements come into effect. Governments will be able to track the wealth of their taxpayers like never before. In 2009 the global financial crisis was the catalyst for an international crackdown on banking secrecy. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes developed a standard that was quickly accepted by the G20, OECD countries, offshore financial centres and developing countries. Within four years 119 countries had committed to the standard and around 1,100 new tax information exchange agreements had been signed. The OECD claimed that “it is no longer possible for countries to claim that they cannot exchange bank information because of their strict bank secrecy rules”. These are bilateral agreements, between two jurisdictions, and generally provide for exchange of information on request, rather than automatic sharing. As the economic downturn took its toll on state coffers, governments realised they need a more effective, global approach to fight tax evasion. As a result we now have various multilateral initiatives, where several countries would automatically share information on taxpayers’ income and assets each year. It looks like this will soon become the global standard.

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE KEY DEVELOPMENTS THIS YEAR. February/March – The Isle of Man and Channel Islands agreed to enter into an automatic exchange of information agreement

with the UK. HM Revenue & Customs offered disclosure facilities so taxpayers could disclose unpaid liabilities in advance. April - The G5 (UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy) announced that they would develop and pilot a new multilateral tax information exchange agreement. The aim is to prevent tax evasion and provide a template for wider multilateral automatic exchange of information. April - Luxembourg and Austria said that they will prepare to end banking secrecy for EU residents. Of particular significance for Spanish residents who hold assets in Gibraltar, the European Court of Justice obliged Gibraltar to share financial information with Spain. May - 12 EU countries joined the G5 in signing a joint statement calling for the development of a single global standard for automatic exchange of information covering a wide scope of income and entities. All British Overseas Territories also agreed to sign up the G5 strategy on tax transparency. May - At a European Council meeting, EU Member States committed to adopting a revised Savings Tax Directive by the end of this year. This will close loopholes so that the Directive will cover all types of savings income and products generating interest or equivalent, such as investment funds, pensions, innovative financial instruments and payments made though trusts and foundations. They also agreed to negotiate as soon as possible with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra to ensure they apply equivalent measures. June - The European Commission proposed the widest scope of automatic exchange of information within the EU. A new Administrative Cooperation Directive is scheduled to start in January 2015 to cover employment, directors’ fees, life insurance, pensions and property. Under the latest proposal information on dividends, capital gains and other financial income and account balances would also be shared from that date. May/June - There were notable comments coming out of Switzerland. In May the Swiss Private Bankers Association urged the Swiss Federal Council to opt for automatic exchange of information instead of bilateral agreements with individual EU

countries. A Swiss government panel report in June suggested that Switzerland should be ready to share data on foreign depositors with the EU. June - G8 leaders signed the Lough Erne declaration, where the first point was that “tax authorities across the world should automatically share information to fight the scourge of tax evasion”. September - G20 leaders announced plans to introduce automatic exchange of information as the global standard. This is a major breakthrough in the global fight against tax evasion. This story will continue to develop until most countries are sharing information with each other. The days of financial privacy are over. One thing has not changed however, which is that every individual has the right to structure their tax affairs in the most tax efficient manner. You should take professional advice to establish how you can use approved tax advantageous structures here in Spain to reduce your tax liabilities.


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By Alastair Robertson

A tour of the fortifications of Tenerife PART VII El Semaforo de Igueste If you sit in the Plaza de Espana in Santa Cruz facing north, and look along the coast to the rugged outline of the Anaga hills against the sky, although the view might be a bit hazy you’ll make out a small shelf of land sticking out of the cliff face going down to the sea, and on that shelf you might also see with the naked eye, but better with binoculars, something white. That something white is El Semaforo de Igueste, or the Semaphore of Igueste. El Semaforo, otherwise known as ‘The Traffic Light’, was built by the British firm of Bruce Hamilton & Co., representative of Lloyds of London, and entered service on 20th November 1886. The Spanish government took over responsibility for the station in December 1895 until its closure in 1971; then abandonment followed in 1979. The purpose of El Semaforo was to signal to the port authority of Santa Cruz the activity of ships in the vicinity. By a system of flags displayed from a 16m tall mast, the authorities could be informed as to a ship’s nationality and whether it was a frigate, a brigantine, a schooner, a man of war, or a mail-boat. The direction of travel was relayed and whether the ship was in need of help, if it was on fire, and so on. At night there was a system of lights. In addition to reporting shipping move-

ments, the signallers made weather observations, noted the condition of the sea and kept an eye on smugglers from Africa. The flag signalling system was superseded by Morse code, powered by eighteen electric batteries, which then made way for the telephone in the 1950’s. The hexagonal observation room with its panoramic allround views was manned in shifts by three signallers who lived on the station with their families, each with their own comfortable, quite stylish, accommodation consisting of a kitchen, a bathroom and four other rooms. Daily life for the families must have been quite a chore, it’s a long walk down to the village of Igueste for shops and the school, and of course a much harder walk coming back up. Water must also have been a problem. There are two room-sized underground cisterns, but how often would sufficient rain fall to keep them filled? I visited El Semaforo in February this year, catching the 945 guagua from Santa Cruz for a nail-biting, buttock-clenching ride, as many cliff-side bus journeys are in the north east and north-west of Tenerife for us novices. On arrival in Igueste, the twisting pavement through the village leads to the track to the cemetery and from this track the path to the Semaforo branches off uphill. It’s quite a gruelling walk for

Façade of El Semaforo about an hour on an average gradient of about 15o, with many stops for a breather and to admire the magnificent views, followed by a short dip down again, before El Semaforo is reached. Architecturally the building is a surprising structure given its location. The formal symmetry and the typical civic, urban style are completely out of context with the landscape. And then, when we consider the effort expended, we realise that it must have been a positively Herculean task in its construction. Everything, even water to mix cement and plaster, would have to be transported up that steep narrow path by donkey or horse. On my visit, after I had taken in the scenery and explored all around, I made a measured survey of the building and took some notes of its condition which, I’m sorr y to say, is

dilapidated and even dangerous in places. El Semaforo became a protected structure in 1985, but this status does not cover maintenance. The building is completely open, there are no doors or windows, anything wooden went long ago. Proof of rapid decay is in a video posted on ‘you tube’ in January 2012 that showed the roof intact. Between then and February this year the roof collapsed over one of the kitchens. Earlier still, photos posted on the internet in May 2011 show hardly any debris on the floor. Now, two years later, much of the floor is strewn with small pieces concrete from the roof. The cause is immediately obvious. Many iron reinforcement bars in the concrete roof deck have corroded and expanded, forcing the concrete beneath to crack and break away. The

bars have failed completely in places and serve no structural function. In these areas it is only the integral strength of the concrete that is holding up the roof. In the observation room of El Semaforo there are vertical cracks in the masonry columns between the windows. The cause of this might again be corroded reinforcement bars or iron stanchions but it’s not certain. Occasionally the plight of the Semaphore is raised in the island newspapers and the residents themselves of Igueste are concerned about

any concrete that has fallen will be immediately apparent. But a structural engineer’s report of El Semaforo is vital because it is a potential danger to the public. It would be a tragedy to lose this lovely building in its stunning but remote and inaccessible location, but practical and economic realities have to be considered before sentiment. If it were to be repaired, what would be the cost, who would pay for its continual maintenance, and then what could El Semaforo be used for?

The spectacular view from the observation room its future. Certainly the deteriorating condition of El Semaforo needs to be monitored. A simple way to do it would be to sweep the floor clean of all debris and inspect the building periodically. Then

Ideas have been put forward for a hostel for hikers, or a hotel, or restaurant, which would be fine if helicopter transport could be laid on, so realistically let’s have it as a haven for hikers.

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A long time ago on a satellite far, far away


998 saw the first of the digital satellite carrying SKY/BBC and because they were bought “off the shelf ” and not designed for covering only the UK, we in Tenerife have felt the benefit of their transmission since then UNTIL NOW.

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The successful launch in Russia of ASTRA2E to join already in orbit ASTRA2F will mean that by NOVEMBER 20TH, British TV via a dish here on the islands will be annihilated. Yes some channels might remain and yes, committee members on some comunities might vote for a dish that is a hazard to aircraft but the game is up for satellite TV - it is no more. Where to go from here? Do you look for that VHS copy of Howards´ Way or turn on that short-wave radio for the world service? No. Let’s leave behind the service of the last century and move forward to the future with INTERNET TV. Over the next month, I will be helping people to be ready for the change-over, making sure that the service or box they purchase is not Pandoras. I know the forums in Tenerife will have the “expert” advice from the late-night Davros clones and I have been tipped off already of carpetbaggers arriving on the island to sell their goods but the first bit of advice I can give is stick with those that are here now. The story continues...... See adverts on TV Guide pages or e-mail Paul at



Britain shocked by high EU migrant jobless figures THERE has been great concern expressed in Britain about the large number of jobless migrants from the European Union, the pressures they put on the National Health Service, and fears that Government welfare cuts will almost certainly see an increase in criminal activity. A new European Union survey has come as a shock and provided anti-EU politicians with ammunition. It found that there are more than 600,000 unemployed migrants from EU countries living in Britain. The Brussels’ commissioned report put the cost to Britain’s health service alone at £1.5 billion. Perhaps even more worrying is that new borders are being opened. The level of EU jobless has already risen 42 per cent from 2006, with a particularly high increase of 73 per cent in job seeking EU migrants between 2009 and 2011, reflecting the belt tightening by employers during the recession. Britain is a relatively small and densely populated island and most migrants have moved from countries that have space in abundance and great potential for economic growth. Britain’s reputation as a soft touch has spread far and wide and some say the level of migration we have seen has not been good for migrants who already live in the country, or the general population, and many developing countries have lost skilled and semi-skilled manpower urgently needed for economic growth at home.


word “plebs” was added to the original police log of the conversation Mr Mitchell supposedly had with the officer that was guarding the gates. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that a file is now with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Will murderers be able to vote? THE UK Supreme Court will this week tell two convicted murderers whether they have won the right to vote while they serve their jail sentences. Prime Minister David Cameron is opposed to giving prisoners the right to vote in Britain and the government has put forward a draft bill with three options: No vote for prisoners sentenced to four years or more, no vote for prisoners sentenced to six months or more, or a continuation of the existing ban.

Greenpeace man fears jail sentence A MEMBER of the Greenpeace ship’s crew seized during a protest in the Arctic has told his family he is expecting a long prison sentence in Russia. Keiron Bryan, 29, a video cameraman from Devon, was based on the Arctic Sunrise which was protesting at oil exploration in the Arctic. Thirty crew members were arrested by the Russian authorities. He has been denied bail and is not able to see other members of the crew.

Minister on bike waits on inquiry CABINET Minister Andrew Mitchell could not possibly have envisaged what was to happen as he cycled up to the gates of Downing Street last September and the incident that followed is still the subject of investigation. Mr Mitchell resigned over the accusation that he launched a foul-mouthed rant at police officers guarding Downing Street when he asked to cycle through the gates, but he was stitched up according to Sunday Times sources. The paper quoted a whistleblower who claimed that the

Growing risk of phones on bikes THERE are concerns in Britain because a growing number of youngsters are using mobile phones and other devices while cycling, some of them sending text messages. A survey has shown 60 per cent of riders aged 14 to 16 were playing music, sending text messages and making calls while cycling. Nearly one fifth of the children involved had been involved in an accident or near miss situation and over 55 per cent cycled without a helmet.

New dawn for the Royal Mail THE perceived value of Royal Mail increased by over £1 billion during the first day of trading amid suggestions the Government sold it too cheaply. Some 700,000 small investors bought into the flotation and postal workers have stakes worth £3,000. Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the idea that the business had been undervalued. “Royal Mail is a very competitive market, it can now access capital and private sector management techniques,” he said.

Britain ‘starting to bloom,’ says Clegg BRITAIN’S economy is “starting to bloom” according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who was announcing the latest round of state funding to support business expansion. “We’re seeing very encouraging signs that we are turning a crucial corner on our road to recovery,” he said. “Home-grown and British-based businesses are leading that charge for a stronger economy.” Meanwhile Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed £800 million of investment in Manchester Airport, one of the biggest developments since the Olympic Games. It could provide 16,000 new jobs. Manchester Airports announced it was partnering Beijing Construction Engineering Group, Carillion PLC and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund on the ‘Airport City’ project.

Gary Barlow to leave X Factor GARY Barlow, the front-man with Take That, has announced that is leaving the popular television series X Factor after three years on the panel which coaches new talent. The singer is to embark on a solo tour next year. In a statement he said: “A show like this needs to stay fresh and exciting so it’s a great opportunity for someone to come in and take the show past its incredible ten-year anniversary. “Next year is looking very busy for me and it is a full-time job so it felt like the right time to hand over the baton.”






Luna Moon child By Thelma Rose Hall


UNA was a slender Canarian hound dog, born in July under the light of the full moon, almost two years old. She had two brothers who were excellent hunters, scenting rabbits as soon as they reached open ground. Luna had a hard job trying to keep up with them and during the various hunts she never quite knew which way to turn next. The brothers always came out on top, especially when the three of them received their rather meager ration of food. By the time Luna managed to push her nose between them, most of the food had been eaten. Nevertheless she had a fine spirit and was, determined to show her owner that she

could earn her keep. Luna´s owner was only interested in keeping his dogs purely as working dogs and not as pets. He told his wife that it was pointless keeping Luna because she would never make the grade as a hunting dog. The following day the dogs were transported in a mesh

cage at the back of a truck to the countryside surrounding Mount Teide. The dogs were keen as they had not eaten before their journey and when they were let loose they concentrated fully on the job of tracking down a rabbit. The brothers ran quickly with little Luna lagging well behind and very soon Luna realised that she was lost with no idea of which path to take. Normally she could hear the other dogs yelping in their excitement but there was not a sound anywhere. By now the sun was riding high in the sky and it was uncomfortable hot. Luna sought shelter underneath a scrubby bush and fell asleep for a few hours. It was now late afternoon and she felt very hungry and thirsty. She stood up gave herself a good shake and continued along her way

back towards the road. There was a small local bar set back from the road and people were sitting outside with drinks in their hands. Juan and María sitting in the doorway noticed Luna as she nervously approached. Juan picked up a clean ashtray and went inside to fill it with water for her. Luna lapped thirstily and afterwards was also given some table scraps which she hastily devoured. When it was time for the bar to close, Luna crept round the side of the house and found a resting place under an old wooden bench. The full moon bathed her in silvery moonbeams and she fell asleep dreaming that at last she had caught a rabbit. The sound of a door opening was the signal for Luna to wake up. It was daylight and she was eager to be on her way. The wife

of the bar owner put down water and a few biscuits after noticing Luna outside her home. Luna was grateful and after a drink and a mouthful of food she set off with a spring in her step. Juan and Maria were hiking along the same road and Luna trotted at the back of them. Juan said to Maria “I think we should take the next turn right and give this lost dog to the Animal Refuge where it will be cared for” Maria agreed with her husband and they cut across the road. A few minutes later the dog refuge loomed into sight. Luna was still following although she felt a bit unsure away from the road. The Refuge was guarded by two huge wrought iron gates and the noise of dogs barking was deafening. Luna was terrified and made a dash down the

Ode to the Ex-pat Wannabe

& which workman’s a cheat

By Loraine Guy The leaves are falling, The skies are grey There’s a constant drizzle, So let’s have it away

So let’s sell our house And pack our cases Start a new life New place, new faces

To the Tenerife isle, For freedom and fun To brown our bare bodies In the endless sun

So we fly down south In the path of the swallow With limited luggage Other bags will follow

No mud, no rain No gloves nor tights No scraping windscreens And long damp nights

First stop “a house” So an agent we seek One that treats us like locals But English must speak

Good’bye to colds And coughs and chills Good’bye to all Those heating bills!

We drive round the island South, north and west Up long winding roads Now which place is best?

Let’s rent a villa Next to the sea With an outside patio To have our tea We’ll have shuttered windows, And marble floor A pool in the garden With golf nextdoor.

And the beer’s really cheap!”

Once we make the first payment

“There’s Iceland round the corner With food you understand BBC on tele’ And reliance broadband”

We now need a NIE A green Residencia A new bank account And to contact Hacienda

So we find our dream villa Against a backdrop of blue White-washed surroundings A breath-taking view

As we go round in circles We begin to lose heart It’s hard to be patient When there’s no place marked “start”.

“Yes this is for us, The price is just fine When can we move? And where should we sign?”

track heading out into the road. A car swerved but it was too late to prevent the accident. Fortunately nobody was hurt apart from Luna who suffered a bad graze on her front keg. The driver stopped immediately and ran back to where Luna had fallen. She saw that the dog she had hit was in a state shock. The driver´s name was Marisol and she lived in Vilaflor a beautiful mountain village. Marisol picked up Luna and after settling her on the back seat she drove to the local vet. Luckily Luna´s injuries were slight and Marisol decided to foster the little dog. After a month of extensive enquires no-body had come forward to claim Luna. Marisol realised that she had fallen in love with her protégé and decided to give her the security of a loving home. Luna had become a different dog in Marisol´s care and cuddling down with her rug and cushion she said to herself “this is better than all the rabbits in Tenerife”. A new moon had risen in the sky marking a new beginning for Luna.

Then out come the papers The files and the forms Community laws The contracts,the norms

But manage we do And the big day arrives When we finally move in To start our new lives The first weeks fly by As we float on cloud nine We bathe after breakfast At a beach bar we dine

Then in “Paddy’s” by the beach An ex-pat we met His advice was quite clear “Golf-del-Sur’s your best bet”

The red tape machinery Gets into gear There’s no turning back now As they’re right up your rear

One evening for cocktails We’re invited nextdoor They’ve been here 3 years So they tell us the score

“It may not be local Or in Canarian keep But they all speak English

The gestor, the lawyer And Pete the house agent They all want to help

Where to go for fresh fish And a good cut of meat Which plumber to call

It’s all so exciting And the island we roam It’s so much more fun Than life was “back home” The locals seem friendly They laugh and they shout There’s always a party When we want to go out Yet after a while The novelty flags And like a party balloon Our elation sags We’ve now got our dream We’ve won a hard fight Yet something is missing Something doesn’t feel right Though friends we have made And our knowledge has grown The place still feels strange And we still feel unkown We don’t feel we’re needed As we don’t have a role We don’t speak the language So we don’t have control A resort has one purpose To cater for the “whole” A resort has no depth A resort has no soul We feel insecure So we save at all cost For if we lose all our money Here, we’re totally lost To open a bar A chance we don’t stand “Fred” tried it last year And he lost 8 grand! We find ourselves dreaming For things that we long For life-long landmarks To feel we “belong” For family and seasons And even the rain So we slowly consider Returning again... So one thing we’ve learned Once the packing was done There’s much more to life Than just comfort and sun!







The past and the present

Fiesta time in Adeje Adeje has been combining the past with the present as thousands of people enjoy a popular and colourful festival. This year’s theme for the “Fiestas Patronales” has been “Tradición & Modernidad” or “Tradition and Modernity” which reflects the combination of the new and the old in the full programme. “Adeje is tradition and history but also modernity and always at the fore-front,” says the Mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga. The municipality flies the flag for keeping traditions alive and works hard to do so but as well as this, it moves with the times. Adeje is a university town thanks to links with La Laguna and was recently awarded the title of municipality of science and innovation. “Every year we fulfil our promise to our history and traditions,” said the Mayor who has thanked everyone for their support, especially during this climate of budget restraints. The fiesta programme began on October 4th when a beautifully-restored painting of the image of the virgin del Rosario was officially presented in the church of Santa Úrsula. This was followed the following day by a church service and the traditional descent of the Virgin de la Encarnation. Since then, Adeje has welcomed local people and tourists alike for a wide variety of events, including the fiesta weekend, parties, traditional parade with floats, civil procession, children’s activities and sports. There is, however, still much to come and over the weekend of October 19th and 20th, highlights include another big street party, folklore festival and the traditional livestock fair. This festival is very much a fiesta by the people for the people and there’s a warm welcome for all. The remaining programme is as follows (courtesy of Wednesday October 16th 8pm Senior Citizen’s Festival Adeje Centro Cultural Theatre 9pm 42nd Roque del Conde Football Tournament Final Adeje Municipal Football Ground Thursday October 17th 6.30pm Children’s Festival l Plaza de España 10pm Art Factory Plaza de España Friday October 18th 6pm Meeting with Riveira Roundabout Calle Palo Mayor 9pm Miss Sur Competition Plaza de España 11pm Street Party with Alto Standing Plaza de España

Saturday October 19th 10am – 4pm Sport on the street Plaza de España 3pm Rally Slot Villa de Adeje Adeje Youth Centre 6pm Mass and union with La Gomera Homage to the Virgen de Guadalupe Santa Úrsula Parish Church 7.30pm I Villa de Adeje Wrestling Match Plaza de España 9.30pm XXIX Villa de Adeje Folklore Festival 25th Anniversary of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore and Group Plaza de España Sunday October 20th 10:00 - midday Livestock Fair El Cerco 11am Pilgrim Mass






Groups combine for festive concert


collaboration between two popular Canary groups proved such a success in May that it is to be repeated in December.

Los Gofiones and Los Sabandeños will team up on Friday, December 20th to perform in the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. This special Christmas concert, sponsored by MAPFRE, is called “Manta&Estameña” and will bring the audience all that is best in Canary culture. More than 7,500 people enjoyed the first event in May when the two groups performed songs from their respective repertoires for almost two hours as well as joining together for 15 songs.

Enter now for Arona talent show



The concert begins at 9pm in the Sala Sinfónica and more information is available on AuditorioAlfredoKraus and @AuditorioAKraus.

Teatro Leal in spotlight again


EADLINE is approaching for Arona’s popular Young Talent Contest.

The tenth edition of “Jóvenes Promesas Arona 2013” takes place on November 15th and 16th in the Auditorio Infanta Leonor” at Los Cristianos. The event is regarded as a major showcase in the Canary Islands for young talent and also serves as a launching pad for artists into the world of music, song and dance. Various categories will see soloists, musical groups, modern dance (funk, hip-hop and jazz), Latin dance (salsa, tango, meringue, bachata and cha-cha) and dance (classical, contemporary and Spanish). There will also be two special awards, for best original song and best local

artist. The first evening on November 15th will be devoted to dance contestants and the second to soloists and musical groups. Both evenings start at 9pm. Taking part in the festival is free and it is open to all who live in the Canary Islands, regardless of their nationality. Ages are 14 to 30 though one member of any group is allowed to be up to 35 years. Ever yone must be an amateur, not a professional. The deadline for receipt of entries is October 21st and all the rules are available on together with details of how to do so and where.


HE Teatro Leal is one of La Laguna’s most emblematic buildings and one everyone should try and discover at some point.

It hosts a variety of entertainment and although

you might not be able to speak Spanish, in some cases this is


Getting a taste of Puerto


T’S back! With effect from October 1st until October 25th, Puerto de la Cruz is once again celebrating “Muestra Gastronómica”.

This is a chance for visitors and residents to sample the delights of local restaurants and bars, as well as getting a taste of the town’s culture and history. At least 27 establishments

are taking part in the fourth edition of “La Ruta de Tapa” which will complement guided tours and show cooking. You will also find art exhibitions, entertainment, photography displays and

tastings. The initiative is once again a collaboration between Puerto council and Tourism of Tenerife through its “Saborea Tenerife” or “Taste Tenerife” programme. The stars of the tapas route this year are fish and bananas, for which the area is particularly well-known. Tourism councillor, Carmen Dolores Padilla said they hoped the combination of gastronomy and culture would help to show the different kind of attractions Puerto offered to the holiday-maker who is becoming ever more discerning. “This will give the person interested in food and products the chance to look more closely at our gastronomic culture,” she explained. The restaurants taking part in the route are: La Compostelana, Arepera El Encuentro, Blanco Bar, Ca Mario, Cafeteria Daisy, Casa

Mediterranean, Columbs Plaza, Ebano, El Dinamico, El Limón, El Pescadro, Isla del Lago, La Bellotina, Los Principes, Racho Grande, Rosa Negra, Terraza Taoro, Terraza La Sortija, Tic-Tac, Vinoteca Ludo, Napolitana, A’ L areira, Pub Pizzeria Picolo, Bodeguita Algarrobo, El Olivo and La Sidrera. Other highlights according to the official programme supplied by Puerto council include a visit to a banana plantation on October 23rd (meet 10.30am at Plaza Europa), tourist routes from October 1 st to 20 th (11am, meet Casa de la Aduana), cooking shows on October 19 th and 25 th (no other details given) and exhibitions in the old Santa Domingo ex-convent. These details may be subject to change and you are advised to check before-hand, probably at Puerto’s Tourist Information Centre.

not necessary ie. with dance events or spectacular shows. The theatre has an excellent website on on which you will find all the details about the programme ahead. If you can’t visit yet, however, you might like to take a virtual tour instead as it has just opened its doors to all. Every nook and cranny of the theatre has been captured on camera for Google Business Photos so that anyone with an internet connection can see the facilities and architecture, no matter where they are in the world. President of La Laguna’s museums authority, María José Castañeda said they had tried hard over the last two years to make the theatre more accessible to all. Google

Business Photos can be navigated through Google Street View or Google Maps and shows the interior of the buildings and not just the outside or location. The virtual tour was put together using more than 150 panoramic views which were selected from around 4,000 taken by José Castellano. The initiative has been described as a major milestone for the Canary Islands. If you can get to the theatre in person, guided tours are available and one of the big events coming up is a Festival of Dance with Antonio Canales who started his career with the National Ballet and has gone on to perform on some of the most important stages in the world. This three-day event is on October 24th, 25th and 26th.

Bumper entry for film festival


NTRIES for La Orotava’s eighth short film festival in November have exceeded all expectations.

Registration closed on September 30th and organisers say 800 works have been put forward. They originate from all parts of the Canary Islands and Spain and span a variety of subjects. The “VIII Festival de Cortos Villa de La Orotava” is organised by the local company Cinenfoque in collaboration with the Canary Government, Tenerife Cabildo and Orotava council. The entries will now be screened and a selection will be shown during the festival from November 14th to 16th. The public will be invited to choose their favourite and the producer will receive 500 euros. A jury will select the best film, runner-up and third place with prizes of 2,000 euros, 1,000 euros and 500 euros up for grabs. Interested film fans can keep up to date through





The story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in TV history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality David Frost, he thought he had found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon’s most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics. Director: Ron Howard Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt


(STEREO, WIDESCREEN, SUBTITLES, DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1, AUDIO DESCRIBED, 2008, 15, 4 STAR) Drama series. Martin is trying to establish himself as the boss after his charismatic father Tony passes away. He is met with resistance from the employees and criticism from his girlfriend. After a series of revelations, Martin learns to step out of his father’s shadow and do things on his own terms. Director: Sheree Folkson Starring: Stephen Tompkinson, Sian Breckin, John Dagleish, Jenn Murray, Harry Treadaway, Ashley Walters


Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund as the Gunners seek a third straight win in the competition this season. They face a tough test against Jurgen Klopp’s impressive side, who only narrowly lost the Champions League Final to Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium in May. Adrian Chiles is joined in the studio by Lee Dixon and Roy Keane, and commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.



24TH OCTOBER 20:00 BENIDORM ER (HEALTH) Documentary series following the staff and their British patients at one of the busiest hospitals on the Costa Blanca in Spain. We follow Dr Ismael Torres on a mercy dash to the hotel room of scouser James, who is in dire need of a dose of laxatives. We also see him stitch up little Grace, who has had a fall and badly gashed her chin. Meanwhile, Dr Patrick Welter and his team treat Doncaster great-grandfather Jim, who has collapsed outside his hotel and ends up with multiple organ failure.


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Little Princess Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom The Mr. Men Show Thomas and Friends Milkshake Monkey Noddy in Toyland Fifi and the Flowertots Peppa Pig Toby’s Travelling Circus Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Cowboy Builders 5 News Lunchtime Animal Maternity Home and Away Neighbours CSI: NY Film Mary Higgins Clark: Try to Remember 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away Newstalk Live Jungle Babies The Dog Rescuers Cowboy Builders CSI: NY Countdown to Murder True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

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Lining up for “Miss Sur 2013” contest


F you want something special to do on the evening of Friday, October 18th, then go along to the Plaza de España in Adeje town.

Nineteen candidates will line up to try and take the title of “Miss Sur 2013” as part of the fiesta celebrations and the show is free of charge to watch. It begins at 9pm. The contestants lined up at Siam Park last week when the Mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga wished them well. He said today’s young people had not only beauty but brains as well, girls who studied, worked

and strived to reach the top. The event opened the door to a competitive world of fashion and showed them how to work together and to promote Adeje and Tenerife which was a great location for this type of attraction. Organiser, Sandro Pérgola thanked everyone who had helped, including the authorities of Adeje, Arona, San Miguel de Abona, Santiago

del Teide, Fasnia and Güímar as well as a host of companies for their support. The winner will receive a Mediterranean cruise. This is the second time the competition is taking place in Adeje and combining it with the festivities will allow for a reduction in costs without compromising on quality. It is not a traditional beauty contest as part of the audition is to present a promotional interview on Costa Adeje which will be broadcast during the show and later on TV. All contest information, news and photographs of the applicants are available on and The 19 candidates come from different municipalities in the south of Tenerife and represent various councils and private companies. They are: Yosleidi Luis, Coraima Afonso, Fiorella Trevisani, Luciana Hurtado, Lorena de Souza, Celia Torres, Jessica Hernández, Nidia Delgado, Yasmina Toali, Nieves Lugo, Sophie Abreu, Vaittiare Álvarez, Paula Arzola, Erika Montañez, Dahiana Romero, Jodie Ariu, Karina Baracka, Ylenia Padilla and Gabriela Oliveros.


Visual Thinking 2013


HE Youth House at La Orotava is hosting a new exhibition until October 26th entitled “Pensamiento Visual 2013” or “Visual Thinking 2013”. The spotlight falls on the work of young artist, Damián Rodríguez Álvarez who is an author, graphic designer and photographer. He has enjoyed numerous previous exhibitions

including in Santa Cruz and won various top prizes. He was the poster author for the Corpus Christi celebrations in La Orotava for 2011 and 2012 and also created the poster for

Young Art in the Street 2010. His previous exhibitions have covered many styles, from landscapes to monument photography , fashion and art. This latest one in La Orotava has presented a special challenge as it combines photography with graphic design, a project which had been brewing for more than a

Adeje’s Art Factory flourishes


DEJE’S innovative Factoría del Arte continues to draw in more young people every time it is held.

Organisers were delighted to welcome more than 100 youngsters at the Youth House where the terrace became an elevated stage for a collection

of young artists. Youth councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said the idea was to foster an interest in the arts amongst teenagers,

whether it be singing, acting, mime, poetr y, dance or music. In this latest meeting, there was a performance from David Tosco who is a monologist as well as from singer María Herrera, writer Covadonga García and

year and took six months to prepare. The visitor will find new designs and images to captivate them. The exhibition is open 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 9pm Monday to Friday and on Sunday, October 27th will join the Young Art Fair in the street from 10am to 3pm.


songwriter Aldo Gargiulo. They all surprised the audience with their offerings and it proved an evening full of entertainment and humour. Find out more about the Art Factory on

Who makes the best honey?



ENERIFE is known for its wonderful honey and producers are about to compete again for top prizes.

The Cabildo is hosting the 17th edition of the Regional Honey Competition organised by the Casa del Miel which is situated in the municipality of El Sauzal. Councillor for agriculture, José Joaquín Bethencourt said the event was one of the most important of its kind in Spain and there had been great strides forward in honey production in both Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands. The competition takes place from October 22nd to 25th and is the second since the achievement of the designated origin label of Tenerife honey, a consumer certificate which

guarantees excellence and uniqueness. All sorts of honey brands will be submitted, including from the smallest of producers using a variety of products, including heather, bananas, avocado and fennel. Last year, there were 53 entries, mostly from Tenerife but also 16 from La Palma and two from El Hierro. If you would like to find out more about honey and its production, the Casa del Miel is open to the public. See for full details.


Tapas route in Santa Ursula


F you haven’t yet discovered Santa Ursula in the north of Tenerife, now is the time to do so.

In order to introduce the lovely town to more people and to showcase its gastronomy, the local council has organised the third tapas route. Pop in to anyone of the participating restaurants or bars and you can enjoy a tapas dish plus a glass of wine, beer or water for just 2.50 euros. In addition, you will be invited to fill in a route book which will enable you to take part in a prize draw for the fantastic prize of a trip to La Gomera for two people. It includes the ferry trip for two people plus car with Naviera Armas and two nights in the “Laurisilva” apartments. This “3ª Ruta de la Tapa Santa Úrsula 2013” began on October 4th and continues until October 27th. Santa Ursula is

about six kilometres this side of Puerto de la Cruz and is a lovely town to explore. The bars and restaurants taking part are: Bar Arturo; Café Niros; Tasca La Farola; Zumería El Gánigo Comelón; Cafetería Noemi; Tasca Taller Don Diego Álvarez; Bodegón Nuevo Paso; Bodegón Los Chamos; Negramoll; Bar Los Parrales; El Molino Pizzería; Guachinche La Antigua; Cervecería Pedrito; Bar Cafetería La Milagrosa; Cafetería José Luis; Auditorio Bar Café; La Casa Dell‘Oste; Cafetería Mc Lolo´s; Tasca El Parralito; Cafetería July; Bar Zumería El Norte; Tasca Restaurante EL Valle; Tasca La Catuja; Donde Alberto Café; Capricho Café and Cafetería Atlantis.


Eating Out & About


Your dining experience around our restaurants

Bar El Pincho, Paseo Las Vistas, Los Cristianos

Bodeguita Algarrobo, Puerto de la Cruz

With so many bars and restaurants along the sea-front of the main Las Vistas beach in Los Cristianos, where on earth do you head for? Why not try Bar El Pincho where you can enjoy good prices, good food, good service and a fantastic view of the ocean as you watch the world go by. Bar El Pincho is winning many fans because of the friendly staff you encounter and the really delicious Spanish tapas. Opened about two years ago, customers of all nationalities come here, including the British, Spanish, German, Dutch and French. It’s a lovely place and one of the bargains they offer is a combination of tapas for two for just 8.50 euros. You can’t go wrong with this. There is also a wide selection of main plates, such as steak, chicken and fish, all cooked with love and the best ingredients they can find. The owners really mean it when they say customer satisfaction is paramount so do ask if there is something special you would like or arranged. Every two weeks, you will find live music and do try the fantastic cocktails which they always try to improve. Try also the special dishes from the north of the island and the drinks. The aim is to make you feel at home which regular customers say is definitely the case. Please note, Bar El Pincho is closed on Sundays so the staff can spend some valuable time with their families as well.

Casa Tagoro Restaurant & Gastrobar, Los Cristianos

This new restaurant in the centre of Los Cristianos is being described as “a dream come true” and “amazing”. This really is somewhere very different to enjoy, offering a fantastic menu with specialities from all over the world, Spanish tapas, fresh fish, meat dishes, a four or six course tasting menu, a Thai fondu, Bavarian roast pork on a Sunday and many more gourmet delights. Yet it is more than this. The decor and atmosphere is very special. It is bright and spacious, featuring antique furniture, different areas to sit inside and out, a bar area from where you can watch the chef cooking, a large interior dining room (50 seats) and a cosy lounge corner (seats ten). The shady terrace also seats 20 and is the smoking area. Hosts Karin and Gerhard describe a visit here as a culinary journey and a chance to enjoy new tastes and a special experience in the touristic south of Tenerife. Depending on the season, there are special events and theme nights. When in Granadilla, the restaurant was recommended in the Michelin guide in 2010, 2011 and 2012. You can book the restaurant for all special occasions, in part or whole, and for a special present, you can buy a restaurant voucher. See their website on for all options (in English), including a vineyard special with catering etc. The restaurant is at calle Valle de Menendez 28, 50 metres below the little white church and behind the hotel Reveron.

Mamma Rosa, Playa de las Américas Mamma Rosa is one of the longest established restaurants in the south of Tenerife and has an extensive menu and a modern ambiance which appeals to all ages. For more than 22 years, it has offered elegance, top-class cuisine, an excellent varied wine list and, of course, the service you would expect. The restaurant is next to the Colón II apartments at the end of The Patch (near the last roundabout, with Santander Bank on the corner, and not far from the Hotel Palmeras). The cuisine is described as classical Italian and Scandinavian with Spanish and French influences, blended together and cooked in a modern style. Part of the new approach is to offer a ver y extensive fish menu. As with the meat, the restaurant tries where possible to buy local produce and support the islands’ agriculture. Likewise, the wine list allows you to choose a Canar y Island wine, together with wines from around the globe such as the mainland, Italy, France etc.

Across the street from the Botánico Hotel is the small but chic “Bodegita Algarrobo”. A family-run business with a long history of restaurateurs, the restaurant was opened by Cristobal and Antonio whose parents founded the Algarrobo in La Orotava more than three decades ago, so it has a fine pedigree. The cuisine served here is local Canary food with some surprisingly original features and the most exquisite flavours. Piquillo peppers stuffed with mushrooms and prawns, hake mounted on a tower of perfectly cooked, seasonally fresh veg, Canary “wrinkled” potatoes with a twist, lamb estofado, an inside-out pie without the pastry, fig biscuit with chocolate sauce, pork steak with caramelised onions open sandwiches, stuffed leak with cheese and belly of pork fritters, piquillo peppers stuffed with mushrooms and prawns. These are just some of the dishes which have enchanted diners of all nationalities throughout the day and night. Some British tourists eat here four times during a week’s holiday! Plan a visit and you will see why for yourself.

Creativo – Gourmet Bistro Restaurant Café Playa de San Juan Creativo San Juan is a quality bistro restaurant-café bar located on the church square in the centre of this charming traditional fishing village. Offering a relaxed and informal environment, it is run by husband and wife team Klaus (Danish) and Eva (Canary). Creativo gained its name from Klaus’s ambition to deliver fabulous creative dishes to excite the taste buds whilst at the same time being attractively priced. He combines his many years of experience as a chef in starred restaurants in Denmark with his own innovative flair for turning locally sourced fresh ingredients into something very special and completely different. During the day, why not try a simple delicious lunch of Danish open sandwiches and tapas or perhaps come in the evening for something more exotic like roast lamb or cider pork. Choose from a simple one course to a three or four course menu with wine for a fine dining experience. Alternatively just enjoy sitting on the square and having a drink with friends. If you come on a Wednesday, you can see the local market in the square and stop in for a coffee break or lunch. Children and dogs are also catered for. A delightful, honest and refreshing venue catering for all. For reservations call 650609-791.


Eating Out & About


Your dining experience around our restaurants

Restaurante Magnolia, Puerto de la Cruz Restaurante Magnolia has come a long way in the last three decades, starting life as a small intimate restaurant with an outdoor terrace to the finished article we see today, with the terrace now covered and well spaced tables inside. The décor is pleasant and comfortable and makes you feel at home right away. Windows run down both sides of the restaurant allowing the light to beam in, creating a bright atmosphere even on a dull day and there are lovely views. The kitchen is open plan and creates the most wonderful Catalan and international dishes with an extensive menu of fish, shellfish, lamb, steaks, pastas. The combination of ingredients and flavours is wonderful with exquisite sauces. This venue is always busy and customers are full of praise for the Restaurante Magnolia as one of the finest places to eat on the island. The quality and service certainly stands out and the cost is very reasonable indeed. You will find Restaurante Magnolia opposite the Hotel Botánico on the main road, tucked into the side of Apartamentos Molino Blanco.

Rendezvous Restaurant/Bar and Bistro, Golf del Sur The Rendezvous in Golf del Sur offers diners a double delight. By day and in the evening, you can enjoy a full menu with great prices and big portions at the Rendezvous Bar and Bistro, overlooking the bowling green at the Winter Gardens. In the evening, you might opt for the Rendezvous Restaurant which is just above it and offers an extensive à la carte menu, fine wines and a relaxing night out to enjoy excellent cuisine at a leisurely pace. “The Rendezvous Restaurant has a lovely ambience and it’s a restaurant where you can sit back and enjoy”. The Winter Gardens is very easy to find and is on your right just as you drive into the Golf and where you can park. Just go through the main entrance and down the steps or ramps to find Rendezvous. Booking is advised at the main restaurant because it is extremely popular and it’s testament to its success that diners come back time and time again.

Matul, Tasca-Restaurante, La Orotava

The Pink Parrot, Las Galletas sea-front

Opened some three months ago, Restaurante Matul is receiving glowing reviews for its value for money, fabulous dishes, excellent service and decor. “A gastronomic reference for the north” is one diner’s accolade. The restaurant prides itself on presenting creative cuisine, using fresh daily products, so you can enjoy meat dishes, fish or perhaps some tapas with friends. There is also a wide range of wines. You must also try the home-made desserts which are exquisite, with a great creative touch. All this is presented in a friendly environment with attentive owner, Victor and his team who make you feel totally at home and ensure an experience to remember at a price you can afford. Restaurante Matul is open every day, except Sunday, from 1pm to 4.30pm and 7.30pm to 11pm. This beautiful restaurant is located parallel to the motorway heading towards Santa Cruz at exit 33 to La Orotava.

La Clave, Puerto Viejo, Puerto de la Cruz

Electra, San Blas, Golf del Sur

This lovely restaurant in Puerto receives glowing reviews and those who have enjoyed wining and dining here say they would recommend it “100%”. The team set out with a very clear aim. To offer a restaurant, brasserie, tapas and pintxos (a specific type of tapas) in a relaxed atmosphere at a cost people can afford. They are delighted that customers are returning time and time again and have become friends. One comment on TripAdvisor reads: “The best tapas I have ever had!” The emphasis is on fun, good music, tasty food and a nice environment. There’s nothing stuffy about La Clave where the staff are happy and sociable and will do all they can to help. You can enjoy a wide range of appetisers with a beer or glass of wine and a wide selection of Spanish tapas, together with traditional plates brought into the 21st century from the expert kitchen. Those who love Oriental food will also love it here, as well as vegetarians as there are dishes especially for them, such as tofu, fresh vegetables, tempuras, ecological rice and seitan. There are also coffees from around the world, a full cocktail menu and drinks, all with the background of good music and a very agreeable environment. Sit inside or out and enjoy its clean lines and modern decor.

Some chefs just seem to draw the crowds and Paolo, now back at Electra, is one of them. He produces the most exquisite dishes as a labour of love, using an unusual combination of ingredients and always creating beautifully-looking plates. He is also a wine expert and will happily chat to you and recommend choices to go with your meals. He believes the two must perfectly complement each other. Electra is a relatively small restaurant on the first line of San Blas Square but it oozes charm and style and has a lovely interior with clever attention to the design. This also applies to the cutlery, plates and glasses which combine to present a very inviting table. There is also a small terrace outside if you want a table under the stars or to enjoy the sun. The food is always freshly cooked and diners over the last few months have enthused over dishes such as the steak (“Fantastic”), sea bream cooked in sea salt (“The best I have ever tasted”) and the tapas with a twist. “The best food I have ever eaten, amazing presentation and service. Unbelievable quality and quantity of food. Brilliant prices. Absolutely five stars!” is just one of the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor

A great name, great British cooking and a great location. What better reasons could there be than to visit The Pink Parrot which is right on the sea-front promenade at Las Galletas? This is a beautiful flat location as you are literally a metre away from the ocean with a panoramic view. The Pink Parrot was taken over by Brenda and Mike a year ago and is a family-run café offering a traditional English menu with daily specials and all home-made dishes. Specialities include cod, chips and mushy peas (delicious!), served only on Fridays, Sunday roast, jacket potatoes and a special combo platter for two people for only 8.50 euros. There is also a gluten free menu and delicious home-made desserts. There is also wifi. Everyone who goes to Las Galletas falls in love with it and the sea-front promenade is just two minutes away from the banks, shops, post office etc. So with Pink Parrot in mind, you have extra reason to visit and can just hop on a bus if you don’t drive. It’s a great day out. The restaurant is closed on a Monday but open 9.15am to 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Friday 9.15am to 8pm (last fish and chip orders 7pm), Saturday 9.15am to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm. Brenda and Mike are happy to stay open later for a private party or celebration, just ask.

Restaurant La Bohème, Puerto de la Cruz Having recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, Restaurant La Bohème can rightly claim to be one of the best and most popular restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz. Near the Plaza del Charco, you will find it on the first floor of Calle Blanco 5 and it is well worth seeking out for a really excellent meal in comfortable surroundings. The restaurant has been under the same management for 25 years and has many loyal customers of all nationalities. They have always followed the same concept of presenting high-quality dishes with friendly service. La Bohème believes in moving with the times so there are always new additions to the menu, naturally cooked with fresh ingredients daily. A firm favourite of many is the crispy roast duck with delicious red cabbage, stuffed pear and various sauces. Do ask about the festive menus as well as birthday, anniversary and jubilee parties.

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Las Galletas favourite

Sea-front delight at Pink Parrot


AS Galletas has been one of our favourite locations ever since we arrived in Tenerife and if we could recommend one place to eat, it would be the Pink Parrot. We could already vouch for the traditional English breakfast and Sunday roasts but went along recently to sample the Friday fish and chips which are proving so popular. It was also great to meet up with owners Mike and Brenda who took over a year ago and have worked very hard with the help of their son James to build up a great following. They have a great sense of humour and many customers have become friends as they return time and time again to their lovely restaurant right on the sea-front. “Don’t you ever stop?” I ask Brenda as she brought me out a huge jam and cream slice which she described as “to die for” (and it was!) to which Mike quickly replied: “She won’t let me!” It’s their friendly nature which has helped to make the Pink Parrot a must for many people who want to enjoy traditional British cooking, whether it be a full meal or just a snack or drink. When the weather is good, there is nothing nicer than sitting on the long promenade

of Las Galletas with its wonderful vista over the vast ocean, watching water-sports and the world go by. There are tables and umbrellas outside but if it is too windy, you can sit inside but still enjoy the view because of the large sliding windows on the front and side. It was a mixture of sunshine and breeze on our review afternoon, so we had our main course under cover and our puddings outside. Our first ten minutes gave us the chance to have a really good look at the menu and a peruse through the second-hand books – you can either bring along one to exchange or pop a euro in the collection box for the British Legion, a cause the Pink Parrot has raised a lot of money for. Being fish and chip day, my husband had no hesitation in ordering just that, with mushy peas, of course. This is served from noon to 7pm each Friday and is great value at 7.50 euros. I wanted to try something different and the combo platter, usually for two at 8.50 euros each for four selections caught my eye. You can choose four different items,

such as calamari or scampi, and add an extra for 1.60 euros if you wish. All come served with salads and dips. I loved the home-made coleslaw and think this is a great choice if you want to sit and chat with a friend over a drink. Making my final choice was very difficult, however, as ever ything sounded wonderful. There are sandwiches and toasties, salads and jacket potatoes, starters like breaded mushrooms, salad and garlic mayo for three euros or mains like cheese and bacon baguette melt with salad (five euros) or home-made pie of the day with peas and gravy (5.35 euros). Brenda is in the kitchen and makes about 80% of the food. Despite her hectic schedule, she still likes to do her own shopping so she can see what sort of produce is available. There is a special each day, such as cottage pie on a Tuesday, braised steak on Wednesday, Hawaiian on a Thursday, fish and chips on Friday, hot beef baguette on a Saturday and roast on a Sunday. These change every week. Whilst we were there, Brenda showed us the Yorkshire puddings she had made and they looked fantastic. Literally “just like

mum used to make”. Most of the dishes served here are traditional although Brenda does sometimes do a curr y or a lasagne but generally sticks to the firm favourites. One aspect we were very impressed with is the “sin gluten” or “without gluten” menu which includes traditional breakfast, lentil soup, sandwiches, salad, meatballs, grilled chicken, omelettes and jacket potatoes. There is even a bottled lager for 2.50 euros and you don’t even have to miss out on Sunday lunch or the Friday cod and chips because these can be prepared separately as well. None of the ingredients are mixed, they are completely gluten free which is good news for those who suffer from an intolerance or Celiac disease. You don’t even have to preorder, just turn up. Whilst my dining partner sipped at his Dorada, I tried hard not to down my delicious home-made sangria (two euros a glass, five euros for half a litre and 9.50 euros for a litre) in one as it was so delicious. We already had one eye on the dessert board so after finishing our meals, we moved outside for my cream slice which was massive and a hot chocolate and orange

fudge cake with ice-cream. Naughty but so nice! There’s a snack and drink special ie crepes with fresh fruit and icecream with tea, coffee, wine or a small beer for 3.20 euros and drinks won’t cost you a fortune (five euros for a bottle of wine, 2.60 euros for a local spirit and mixer or an icecream milkshake for 3.20). Taking five minutes out for a change as we sat outside, Brenda told us she had always been in catering and they had lived in Tenerife now for 20 years. Some people may remember they used to run a restaurant in San Blas called “The Rooster” and we laughed again when Brenda said children used to call her Mrs Rooster. Son James even has the name tattooed on his wrist. It must have been fate then when they took over another “bird-named” restaurant in the Pink Parrot which did, apparently, once have a pet

parrot in it. Today, the only parrots are on the signs and on the wall by the kitchen on a stone plaque bought home from Gran Canaria. The restaurant is closed on a Monday but otherwise open 9.15am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9.15am to 8pm on a Friday (last fish and chips at 7pm), Saturday 9.15am to 4pm and Sundays 9am to 5pm. Brenda and Mike are happy to stay open later if you are having a party or special celebration and are curreny taking orders for Christmas (noon sittings still available). The Pink Parrot is easy to find. Park or get off the bus or taxi at the sea-front and walk along the flat promenade three-quarters of the way down and it is on the left at Paseo Maritimo 12 (telephone 922 732 365, email


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Your dining experience around our restaurants

Tapas ‘n’ Chill, Golf del Sur If you’re looking for tapas with flair and a chill-out atmosphere, this is the place to head for. A very popular restaurant, it is in the same ownership as Volare cabaret lounge next door so if you haven’t booked or arrive early, you can just pop in here for a pre-dinner drink (and go back afterwards for the entertainment!) Owner Gary is now in the kitchen and produces mouth-watering tapas dishes which are different and delicious. He has a great passion for cooking and this is reflected in creations such as “Meatballs in a slightly spicy creamy curry” or “Flakes of salmon, white and smoked fish potato cake with a chilli mint dip”. Couples usually have four to five dishes between them so they can share and get a variety of tastes. Don’t miss the house potatoes! Tapas & Chill is open seven nights a week from 6pm. If you are driving through Golf del Sur, go past the Winter Gardens bowling green on your right, take the next turning right and double back on yourself. Look out for the Apartamentos Aquamarine Golf on the left (opposite Best Buys supermarket) and there is a sloping pathway down to the sea next to it. Walk down here and Tapas & Chill is on the right.

Maria Restaurant/Lounge Bar, Golf del Sur Do you fancy a three-course lunch for just 8.50 euros in a lovely Golf del Sur restaurant just a stone’s throw from the ocean and a sea-front walk? Or perhaps an English-style high tea with a tiered tray of sandwiches, cream scones, strawberries, mini-cakes, tea or coffee, fresh orange and perhaps even cava? Or what about a special brew like Earl Grey or Darjeeling with a piece of home-made cake? Then head for Maria Restaurant and Lounge Bar which is now open in the afternoons as well as the evenings (from 1pm Wednesday to Sunday, from 5.30pm on a Tuesday and closed Mondays). This is a gorgeous restaurant with a sea view and terrace in a wonderful location and once discovered, it becomes a firm favourite with all nationalities. Because it is situated within the Nautico suites complex, some people believe it is either private, expensive or “too posh”. Not so! Owners Patricia and Sarah offer a very friendly welcome and their cooking is wonderful and affordable. A glass of wine or a large Dorada is just two euros, for instance, and tea/coffee and a toastie 3.50 euros. There is so much to discover here so do plan a visit. Follow the one-way system through Golf del Sur and watch out for the Nautico sign just after the S-bends on your right. Maria is at the far end of the Nautico building with parking available. Alternatively, it is five minutes’ walk from the bottom of San Blas square, turn right along the flat side road or sea-front.


Tressardi, Puerto de la Cruz If you want to seek out a really good Italian restaurant at an affordable price, look no further than Tressardi in Puerto de la Cruz. This well established Italian restaurant and pizzeria is managed by three partners from Sardinia and can be found in La Paz (the main tourist area of Puerto). It offers a very varied menu including traditional Italian dishes, pizza and pasta with gorgeous fillings and sauces, meat dishes, fresh fish and crunchy salads. You can accompany it with an Italian wine or cold beer whilst enjoying romantic soothing Italian music. The desserts like tiramisu and panna- cota are to die for! Depending on your choices the price averaging 15-16 Euros per person is what you can expect. So if you want a good Italian restaurant for a family meal, a romantic dinner, a quick lunch when working or a take away, Tressardi is the restaurant for you. A friendly and homely restaurant that has quality products combining fast food and well prepared dishes for kids and grown ups.

Tipsy Terrace, Los Gigantes Tipsy Terrace in Los Gigantes is described as one of the friendliest places around and you will see why when you visit. This delightful venue is run with great enthusiasm by owners Sally and Sarah. They love to celebrate special occasions and dates in the calendar and have become experts in providing great entertainment and lovely decorations. It is not by chance that it has become a favourite place for many people, locals and holiday-makers alike. You will find great home cooking and dishes to suit all tastes, from breakfast through to evening meals and everything in between. Tap into their menu on and you can see all the choices for yourself, from Tipsy’s Ploughman’s and Rise and Shine sandwiches to wraps, jacket potatoes, burgers, crunchy salads, light lunches and much, much more. Tipsy Terrace also has a swimming pool, tennis, mini-golf and lovely gardens. It is easy to find as it is just by the coach and bus stops.

Tasca Casa Paco, Los Cristianos Tasca Cervecería El Maridaje, Puerto de la Cruz Food and drink should go hand in hand, with one complementing the other. That’s the ethos of Tasca Cervecería El Maridaje which is achieving great success since opening its doors in June 2013. “Maridaje” means a pairing and that is exactly the aim of this lovely establishment on Avenida Francisco Alfonso Carrillo, opposite Playa Jardin. The idea is to “marry”, metaphorically, food with drink with the intention of promoting and enhancing the flavours. The Tasca offers a family atmosphere with delicious home-made food at reasonable prices. Their range includes tortillas, pizzas, montaditos (open sandwiches), salads, pastas, desserts etc. In addition, you will find a variety of meat and fish, Canary food (goat meat, potatoes piñas and costillas, meat feast etc) and an affordable and tasty menu of the day. Everything is fresh, top quality and made with care and professionalism. German beers on tap play an important part, along with those from the Canaries and other countries. They taste even better when accompanied by an exquisite montadito, which you will find from as little as 60 centimos, with succulent flavours and ingredients such as cod, prawns, Serrano ham, various cheeses etc. Finally, you can choose the environment that suits you best: a cosy terrace, comfortable interior and coming soon, new areas including for karaoke and a leisure zone for fun after a good meal. Tasca Cervecería El Maridaje......lose yourself in your senses.


terrace · easy parking · kitchen open all day OPEN FROM 9AM TO 11PM, CLOSED ON TUESDAY Playa San Juan, on the church square. Tel. 650 609 791.

Tasca Casa Paco is a hugely popular restaurant because it offers a real taste of Spain right in the heart of Los Cristianos. It has become known as the restaurant with the singing chef because owner Paco is always singing and most evenings will take to his guitar and sing Spanish and English songs with great expertise. There are more than 30 dishes on the menu and a wine list with over 50 choices. Paco is passionate about his food and only uses fresh ingredients. You can watch him as he creates your meal with an artistic flair. He’s like a maestro conducting an orchestra. People often talk about this place for weeks after their visit because it is a unique experience over and above the excellent cuisine. It’s not surprising it is highly rated on TripAdvisor, having recently held the number two spot for Los Cristianos. It’s easy to find near the cultural centre as you walk into Cristianos town. Find the two petrol stations and it’s on the left of the one in the centre of the road.


Pets World



How to house-train your dog


OGS are generally clean animals and will usually choose to move away from their sleeping area in order to urinate and def-


However, it is important that when you bring a new puppy into your home, one of the first training exercises you embark on is housetraining. Every puppy needs to have constructive lessons in basic control and such training exercises are part of an important bonding experience that is the foundation to your relationship with your dog.

Initially, you will have to build your routine around your puppy’s needs and these are reliably predictable when dogs are very young. If toilet training an adult dog that may not have been trained correctly in the past, though the stages remain the same, the process may take longer. This can depend on the age and experience of

your individual dog. For example, reasons your dog may toilet indoors include stress in the household or anxiety about being left alone and patience is important to treat any behaviour issues. If you think your dog is suffering from a behaviour problem, seek advice from your vet to rule out any underlying health problems, who may then refer you to a behavioural expert. When training a puppy or dog to toilet in an appropriate place, you should ensure that he/she has frequent oppor-

tunities to do so during the day. This provides you more opportunities to teach your dog about where it is appropriate to go to the toilet. Puppies need to toilet regularly and should be taken outside after ever y meal, when they wake up, after playing or exercise and following any excitement eg. visitors to the home. They should also be taken outside every hour, depending on the puppy’s age. There are signs in your dog’s behaviour that will enable you to predict when he/ she will need to go to the toilet. For example, they may become fidgety, often sniffing around and begin to circle before squatting. Times to look out for these signs are after naps, after feeding and after he/she has been left alone! When you recognise that your dog is thinking about going to the toilet, there are a few steps to follow. Always go with your dog into the garden or correct place so that you are there to reward the successful actions. This will tell him/her that this is the right place to ‘go’. Always try to take your dog to the same place so he/ she learns the route. As your dog begins to toilet, use a toileting command that he/

she can then associate with correct behaviour; for example, ‘be quick!’ However, patience is important if your dog is initially distracted. Going to the toilet in the correct place should be rewarded immediately with lots of praise, a treat or play. Reward-based training in this way also helps build a good relationship between you and your dog and make him/her feel secure, which will be useful in future training. Walk your dog around for a bit longer before going back inside or initiate some play. This will ensure that he/she does not learn that relieving themselves ends time outside and that your dog does not hold on to the last minute in order to extend playtime. If you see your dog going to the toilet in the wrong place you should interrupt him/her in a way that does not punish them. This is important as otherwise your dog may learn that it is only safe to go when you are not around, which will have a negative effect on housetraining. Take him/her to the correct place and give lots of praise when going to the toilet is performed there. If you find an accident after the event, you should never punish your dog – this may cause your dog to become

Why mice like company M

ICE are cute little creatures which make great pets but as they are gregarious, social animals, they might find isolation or living by themselves very stressful.

However, you can’t just put any mice together. It needs pre-planning so here are a few tips from the experts. House your mice in singlesex, stable, compatible, harmonious groups. Ask the breeder to pregroup them before weaning, making sure that the group is made up of mice that know each other, ideally siblings. Keep the group the same and don’t add or remove individuals a later date. Upsetting the complex organisation of the group by adding or removing even one individual can be a source of intense, stressful conflict

which can affect the welfare of all the mice within the social group. Never house mice on their own unless it is under the specific recommendation of a vet. If this is required, you must make sure they can see, hear and smell other mice of their own gender and they must be provided with additional environmental resources to meet their needs. Take care with group size, group composition, and husbandry, when housing male mice in groups and make sure disturbance kept to a minimum. Always monitor your mice

immediately after grouping and when they are placed back in the cage after cleaning, to avoid aggression. Check your mice regularly to make sure that aggression is not becoming a problem. Make sure that male mice are not able to smell females, as this can increase aggression between male cage mates. Reduce stress associated with handling, by making sure that you have positive interactions with your mice and gently habituate them to you. Do not house your mice with or near other pet rodent species and make sure that any wild rodents are not able to enter the area in which you house your pet mice. Always take care to wash your hands and any cage

equipment properly before handling different species and handling mice from different cages. Make sure that other animals within the home do not have access to your mice

confused, as he/she will not associate the punishment with the earlier accident. Carefully clean all areas your dog has previously soiled using a warm solution of biological washing powder, (for example, mixing one part biological washing powder to nine parts water before rinsing with water), which will remove all traces of the smell from your house. This will reduce the chance of your dog using this area again. Toilet training should be fun and rewarding for you both! Continue to accompany him/her and reward your dog’s actions with lots of praise to reinforce his/her behaviour in a positive way. If training is continued in this way, your dog will eventually begin to ask to go outside to toilet. If training is unsuccessful or you are having difficulty, get your dog checked by a vet to rule out any form of illness or injury that could be causing a behaviour problem. Your vet may then refer you to a clinical animal behaviourist that should have a combination of appropriate qualifications, up to date knowledge, skills and experience and treat behaviour in a way which doesn’t put the welfare of the dog at risk.


or their home-cage. Male mice can be aggressive to other mice they are not familiar with. Other rodent species do not make suitable companions for mice. Different species of

rodents carry diseases which can be transmitted to mice and mice can also transmit diseases to other rodents. Such diseases affect health and can be fatal.


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Many people dream of getting married on a sunshine island and in Tenerife, that can become a reality Everything you could wish for is here. Beautiful weather which is virtually guaranteed all year round. Stunning scenery and wonderful backdrops for your wedding photographs, including the ocean and spectacular mountains. Gorgeous hotels for your ceremony or wedding reception, where your guests can also stay. Gourmet restaurants and excellent caterers. Wedding planners and celebrants who will ensure your day is very special. And every other associated service you could imagine from florists and cake-makers to invitation cards, limousines and bodegas to provide the wine. There are many ways to tie the knot here. If you live in Tenerife, you can marry here as well, provided all the correct paperwork is in place. The biggest piece of advice to give is to start planning early as it can take a bit of time to get the right documents organised or sent to you. You might choose to get married back home, wherever your home is, and then fly out to Tenerife for a blessing or a recreation of your marriage ceremony. Here, wedding celebrant Claire can help you (see her advertisement for Wedding Celebrant Tenerife). Alternatively, you might just want to choose Tenerife for a very special wedding reception and have your most cherished guests come over with you to enjoy a holiday at the same time. Fortunately, Tenerife can help in all respects and there are lots of experts on hand to provide help and guidance, many of whom speak your language which makes it an awful lot easier. You can have as much input as you like. There are also lots of places to hold your special day, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It could be on a beach at sunset, in an old Canary finca, in a luxury hotel or even half way up a mountain. You don’t have to worry about your wedding hair being ruined or your dress being splashed with mud or the guests getting a soaking on the way to the church or chapel. Instead, you can plan your whole special occasion out of doors, perhaps with an al fresco dinner or a barbecue and then dancing under the stars. Here, as a taste of what is available, are a few wedding specialists you might like to contact to discuss your requirements and ideas.

Floristeria El Puente A florist with an excellent reputation is Floristeria El Puente which is based in the north of the island. Owned by Jose Carlos who has 25 years of experience, you will find his shop at Calle Escultor Estevez, 1 in beautiful La Orotava. This area, together with La Laguna, is renowned for its floral beauty and the Spanish have a lovely style when it comes to floral arrangements for any occasion. Jose can help you with whatever you need for your wedding day, whether it be flowers for your wedding venue, church, chapel, the reception, restaurant or for your bridal bouquet. They can decorate any event location and dress it with flowers to make it look really beautiful.

Calle Escultor Estevéz 1, La Orotava 922 323 901

Restaurante Los Perales The Events Centre at Restaurante Los Perales offers a unique environment and atmosphere to stage the most important occasions in your life, such as a wedding, anniversary, baptism, communion, birthdays or batchelor / hen party. Los Perales offers its wide experience in organising events at your service. The team aims to supply you with the information and advice necessary to ensure the success, originality, class and distinction which your celebration requires. You deserve an unforgettable event and the team here can bring a host of new ideas to provide maximum value and a unique touch.

Exit 33, service road, El Ramal de la Orotava, La Orotava 922 323 586 / 625 107 417

Tipsy Terrace How lovely to hold your wedding in a place which not only looks lovely, it sounds great too! Imagine the intrigue to receive a wedding invitation to join in the celebrations at “Tipsy Terrace”. The terrace and landscaped gardens are lit at night by fairy-lights which provides a very romantic setting. The beautiful restaurant is owned and run by Sarah and Sally who are there to help you. Catering, bar, entertainment etc can be provided and arranged and there is a large car park. Tipsy Terrace prides itself on its professionalism and great food and is well used to hosting private functions such as weddings. Do get in touch if you would like to meet up and look round.

Calle Hibisco, Los Gigantes 922 86 84 32

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Hacienda Cristoforo Many people describe Cristoforo as the most beautiful place they have ever been to and it’s a wonderful location for a wedding, blessing or reception, lit with candles and torches and under the stars. This lovely retreat is an oasis of green grass, trees, flowers and plants. A day you will never forget as it is a totally unique setting for those who want to be away from it all and respect the environment and a ecological and ethical way of living. There are various beautiful stone buildings, including a meeting hall with its own terrace and plaza, plus a number of charming casas where people can stay, with luxury bathrooms and their own kitchens. Cristoforo has its own herbal and medicinal gardens for bio fruit and vegetables. Wedding guests will not even realise they are eating vegetarian a meal and they can enjoy bio champagne and wine. Perfect English is spoken. Calle El Horno, 10, Playa Paraiso 922 74 19 67 / 676 440 784

Mesón El Drago If you are looking for somewhere stunning to hold your wedding celebration, you must see Restaurant Mesón el Drago in Tegueste. This is a place which offers the perfect combination of location and superb gastronomy, courtesy of distinguished chef, Carlos Gamonal and his team. Restaurant Mesón el Drago looks beautiful but it is still affordable and offers the very best in catering. Gamonal is a pioneer of modernist cuisine, using only the freshest of products grown in the region and cleverly combining ingredients to produce a unique taste. Wedding tables, inside or out, are decorated to look divine. The building has unique features, a large courtyard and picturesque terrace, as well as an extensive wine cellar. This group has also a catering service for any point in the Canary Islands.

Marqués de Celada 2, Tegueste 922 543 001

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EOPLE who suffer night sweats will typically wake in the night to find their bedclothes and bedding drenched, even if their bedroom temperature is cool. This abnormal sweating is annoying but usually harmless. However, night sweats can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so you should see your GP if they keep happening and you’re worried. In the meantime, you can get a better idea of the possible cause of your night sweats by reading on. However, you should not use this to diagnose yourself with a condition – always leave that to your doctor. The medical term for night sweats is nocturnal hyperhidrosis, which literally means ‘night-time excessive swe-


What is the likely cause? The main conditions and medications that can cause night sweats are summarised below, although it should be noted that many of these conditions would cause other more specific symptoms as well. They could be due to the menopause, obstructive sleep apnoea (a condition that

causes interrupted breathing during sleep), medication (antidepressants and some other psychiatric drugs can sometimes cause night sweats as a side effect, as can aspirin and the steroid drug prednisolone) or alcohol abuse or drug misuse, especially the use of heroin. Other possible causes include hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), which is commonly associated with diabetes and taking insulin and infections. Tuberculosis is the most common infection associated with night sweats but sweating may also be caused by other infections including endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valves), osteomyelitis (a bone infection), abscesses and HIV/AIDS.

SERIOUS OR HARMLESS? Night sweats can be an early symptom of certain cancers like lymphoma or leukaemia, although this is unusual and cancer would cause other symptoms too, such as unexplained weight loss. They could also be a symptom of hormone disorders such as pheochromocytoma and carcinoid syndrome (tumours that cause the body to overproduce hormones) and an overactive thyroid gland. There may not be an identifiable cause for your night sweats and it may just be an annoyance that happens every now and then. When the cause is not known, it is referred to as idiopathic hyperhidrosis.

Gallstones, the hidden condition


ALLSTONES are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. In most cases, they do not cause any symp-


However, if a gallstone becomes trapped in a duct (opening) inside the gallbladder it can trigger a sudden intense abdominal pain that usually lasts between one and five hours. This type of abdominal pain is known as biliary colic. The medical term for symptoms and complications related to gallstones is gallstone disease or choleli-thiasis. Gallstone disease can also cause inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). This can cause persistent pain, jaundice and a high temperature (fever) of 38°C (100.4°F) or above. In some cases a gallstone can move into the pancreas, causing it to become irritated and inflamed. This is known as acute pancreatitis and causes abdominal pain that gets progressively worse. The gallbladder The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ situated underneath the liver. Its main purpose is to store and

concentrate bile. Bile is a liquid that is produced by the liver, which helps digest fats. It is passed from the liver through a series of channels, known as bile ducts. The bile is stored in the gallbladder and, over time, it becomes more concentrated, which makes it better at digesting fats. The gallbladder is able to release bile into the digestive system when it is required. Treating gallstones Gallstone disease is relatively straightforward to treat. The most widely used treatment is keyhole surgery to remove the gallbladder. Doctors refer to this as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This type of surgery is generally safe with a low risk of complications. There are several nonsurgical treatments that can be used but they often return at a later date. So surgery is usually the preferred option where possible.

You can lead a perfectly normal life without a gallbladder. The organ can be useful but it is not essential. Your liver will still produce bile to digest food. Why do I have gallstones? It is thought that gallstones develop because of an imbalance in the chemical make-up of bile inside the gallbladder. In most cases the levels of cholesterol in bile become too high and the excess cholesterol forms into stones. You are more at risk of developing gallstones if you are overweight, female (women are two to three times more likely to be affected by gallstone disease than men), 40 or over or a mother. Women who have had multiple pregnancies have an increased risk of getting gallstone disease. It is thought that the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can incre-ase cholesterol levels Who is affected Gallstones are ver y common. It is estimated that, in England, around one in 10 of the adult population has

gallstones. However, in most cases, they do not cause symptoms. There’s a one in 50 chance of them causing symptoms. Most people only experience biliary colic but a minority of people go on to develop more troublesome symptoms or a complication. Complications Cancer of the gallbladder is a rare but serious complication of gallstones. An estimated 670 cases of gallbladder cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. Another rare but serious complication of gallstones is known as gallstone ileus. This is where the bowel becomes obstructed by a gallstone. This can cause symptoms such as vomiting and constipation. Outlook Most cases of gallstone disease are easily treated. Very severe cases can be life-threatening, especially in people who are already in a poor state of health but deaths are now rare in England. It is estimated that the chance of dying from gallstone disease is less than one in 175.

One in ten suffers rosacea


OSACEA is a common but poorly understood long-term (chronic) skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing (when the skin turns red).

As rosacea progresses, other symptoms can develop such as burning and stinging sensations, permanent redness, spots (papules and pustules) and the small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible. In the most severe cases, skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose. See your GP if you think you have rosacea as early treatment helps reduce the chance of severe symptoms.

TRIGGERS OF ROSACEA While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, several triggers have been identified that may make the condition worse. These include exposure to sunlight, stress, exercise, cold weather (wind), heat, the menopause, certain medications, such as vasodilator drugs, hot drinks, alcohol and caffeine andeating certain foods, such as spicy foods. Identifying and avoiding the triggers of rosacea can be a useful way of controlling the symptoms.

TREATING ROSACEA There is no cure but treatments are available to control symptoms. Rosacea is a chronic and relapsing condition, which means there are periods when symptoms are particularly bad, followed by periods when the condition is less severe. As well as avoiding known triggers, certain medicines can help control flare ups. As rosacea can affect your appearance, some people find they experience feelings of low self-esteem or frustration. You should speak to your GP if you are feeling depressed.

WHO IS AFFECTED? Rosacea appears to be quite common and is estimated to affect up to one in ten people. It most commonly affects people with fair skin but can also occur in people of Asian and African origin. Rosacea occurs in both men and women and may occur at any age. However, it typically begins after the age of 30. Middleaged women are more at risk due to hot flushes caused by the menopause.


Early action on “mallet finger” ‘Mallet finger’ is an injury to the end of the finger that causes it to bend towards the palm Try to keep your hand raised until the doctor sees you – this will help to reduce any swelling and pain. You can take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as paracetamol, to relieve the pain.


OU won’t be able to straighten the end of the finger because the tendon that connects the muscle to the finger bone is torn. The finger will also be painful and swollen.

Mallet finger is most often caused by a trivial injury, such as catching the finger while tucking in bed sheets or catching it on a coat. What should I do? If you think you have mallet finger, go to your nearest minor injuries unit or accident and emergency (A&E) department to have it splinted. You should do this as soon as possible – the earlier it is treated, the better the outcome.


Walking in your sleep


LEEPWALKING can affect anyone but it’s most common in children. It’s usually nothing to worry about and most children grow out of it by the time they reach puberty.

Why some people sleepwalk A person is more likely to sleepwalk if a close relative of theirs also sleepwalks. Generally, the following factors can trigger sleepwalking or make it worse: sleep deprivation, fever, stress, drinking too much alcohol and certain drugs such as tranquillisers or antihistamines. Therefore it can help to get more sleep and practise relaxation exercises to reduce stress.

What happens when a person sleepwalks Some people who sleepwalk may just sit up in bed, while others may wander around the home, open cupboards and even get dressed or eat. Some severely affected sleepwalkers have been known to drive a car. The sleepwalker will often have their eyes open but their eyes will appear glassy and unfocused. If you talk to a sleepwalker, they may respond slowly and express simple thoughts or may not say anything that makes sense. Most sleepwalking episodes last no longer than 10 minutes. The person may wake up or just go back to sleep in their own

bed. If woken, the sleepwalker usually feels confused and doesn’t remember the episode.

What you should do if you find someone sleepwalking The best thing to do if you see someone sleepwalking is to make sure they don’t hurt themselves and they’re safe. Guide them back to bed gently. If undisturbed, they’ll often go back to sleep again. Try not to wake them up, as this may leave them feeling confused or frightened.

What you can do to prevent accidents You may need to consider locking windows and doors if you live with a sleepwalker. It’s also a good idea to keep the environment safe from sharp or harmful objects and remove obstacles the sleepwalker could trip over. You should only need to consult a sleep specialist if the sleepwalker is severely affected and at risk of injuring themselves. Ask your GP for a referral.

How is it treated? Your finger will be placed in a plastic splint, which keeps it straight with the end joint slightly bent backwards. You’ll still be able to bend the finger at the middle joint. The splint is taped on and must be worn day and night for six to eight weeks to allow the two ends of the torn tendon to stay together and heal. It should only be removed for cleaning. It’s really important that the end of your finger does not bend during the time it is splinted, as this may slow down healing. You should only need surgery if the finger bone has broken (known as a mallet fracture), or in the uncommon situation where the mallet finger fails to heal. How do I keep my finger and splint clean? The splinted finger must be kept clean and dry at all times. If the skin becomes wet inside the splint, it will become very sore. It’s important to wash both your finger and the splint at least once a day, following these instructions: Keep your finger flat on the table, cut the strapping, and slide the splint off your finger. Wash and dry your finger and the splint using soap and water. Keep the end joint straight at all times by keeping your finger flat on the table. You may find it easier if someone helps you to do this each day, as any movement of the end of the finger will delay healing of the tendon and may even cause permanent damage. Slide the splint back over the fingertip, still keeping the finger straight. Replace the strapping – this should cover the middle of the splint but should not cover the middle joint of the finger. How long will it take to heal? Your mallet finger should heal within six to eight weeks, after which time you’ll be able to use the finger again. You may be advised to continue to wear the splint at night for a few more weeks. It may take several months to regain full function. Redness, swelling and tenderness of the skin around the end of the finger are common for three or four months after injury, but usually settle eventually. You may be left with a small bump on the top of the joint and a slight loss of ability to straighten the joint (it never really goes completely back to normal). However, the finger should generally function well.




Hygiene tips during make-up

 First, wash thoroughly your hands and face with soap and water and then dry them carefully.  Begin the make up with your eyelids and finish it with the eyelashes.  Make sure that no make up products are deposited on the eyelid edge or on the white of the eye.  Do not put saliva on your eyes.  Sharpen the pencils before any use.  Systematic cleansing of the make up before going to bed is mandatory.

In case of contact lens wear  If you have used a spray, wait 5 minutes before putting the lenses on your eyes.  Put the contact lenses on before making up your eyelids and eyelashes.  Take the contacts of before the cleansing.  Particular care should be given so that make up particles do not get between the contact lens and the cornea. Dr. Saffiedine Oftalmología Playa de Las Américas.







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dirt and look and smell awful until they are emptied. Even then, with this new mechanical arm, I don’t think the areas look clean enough afterwards. Should Tenerife as a tourist island have bins in the street? I don’t think so. In Germany, we have special stone containers in which the bins are placed. You open the door and the bin automatically comes out on a lever. You fill it up and then close the door. It means everything is out of sight and if the bin does become dirty or smells, it is out of the way and out of sight. I think it would be good if Tenerife could explore this idea? What do other readers think? Name and address supplied German visitor

Dirty litter bins a turn-off Dear Madam I am a regular German visitor to Tenerife and have been staying in Arona. Just recently, when it was really very very hot, I noticed with some disgust the state of the communal litter bins in some areas of the municipality and it set me wondering. Is this system really the best one

for a hot country? The bins I saw were placed by the side of the road, in the open, and you have to lift the lid to put the items in. I know people have written to your excellent paper before to complain about rubbish being left by the side of the bins, including by those too lazy to reach up and put them in. Sometimes, of course, they are just too full up. Anyway, what happens is that the bins attract flies and

Big receipt for little bag Dear Sir With all the talk about being more environmentally friendly and supermarkets charging for plastic bags, I had to laugh when I visited the revamped Mercadona in Las Chafiras last week. I only popped in to buy three small items which cost me a

total of 7.50 euros. At first, I didn’t think I needed a bag so gave the cashier my money and received my change. Then, I decided I wanted a bag after all so asked for one and gave him ten centimos for the two centimos bag. No problem. However, I had already received one receipt for the food items and he had to ring up the bag separately. That therefore meant two receipts but the second receipt appeared for some reason to be a double one and together, they must have measured about eight inches. So, what the environment gained with the bag venture, it lost with unnecessar y receipts. I can understand why supermarkets charge for bags because it might just encourage shoppers to bring it back next time or remember to bring their own shopping bag. However, what about receipts, especially in circumstances such as above? Wouldn’t it be better to not issue receipts for bags in this instance and just ask the shopper to put the two centimos or whatever in a special collection tin? Then, how about having a special collection bin for receipts as you walk out of the premises? Most people just throw their receipts away, more often than not on the

floor, or take them home and put them in with their refuse. Seems to be defeating the object, doesn’t it? PS. Apart from all this, well done to the Mercadona for producing a good looking new store with more parking but it might be some time before drivers realise it is there! Bemused shopper Los Cristianos

Straight into the bin? Dear Madam I read with interest the recent letter about the lady who slipped on a discarded publicity brochure on the pavement in Los Cristianos. This has not happened to me but it has to people I know and it prompts me to write about the general situation to do with leaflets. This morning, we got up and went out of our complex, only to find about 30 leaflets blown on to the floor and strewn all over the roads and pavements. They had obviously been left on a wall and the strong wind had blown them away. The others were hanging out of

letter boxes even though there is a sign which clearly says no publicity leaflets allowed! Two things. First of all, don’t the companies who paid for these leaflets and presumably for people to distribute them realise what is going on? What a waste of money. Okay, a few people might pick them up and take them home but generally, they land up the bin. I know our caretaker goes to the letter boxes on a systematic basis and will take all the fliers out and throw them away. Secondly, the mess! I think authorities should clampdown on this practice, in fact, I have a feeling Adeje or Arona intends to do so. It looks unsightly and messy when these leaflets are blown all over the place. Luckily, it doesn’t rain much but if we did have a downpour, it would all turn into filthy mush. This might sound a trivial moan but I and others don’t think so. This is just the type of situation Tenerife needs to look at to maintain and improve its image as no-one wants to see litter and I am sure those companies involved don’t want to put their money straight into the rubbish bin. TA McDonald Los Cristianos





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O our ‘Swallows’ - we hope that you have enjoyed your summer in the UK - with some summery weather for a change ! - and we welcome you back with a paella lunch in your honour ! This will be held on Thursday 31st October at a charge of 15 euros, which includes wine (and water or soft drinks if you prefer). There is a talk on November 7th on the visit to the Island by Agatha Christie, which coincides with Agatha Christie week in Puerto. This, as usual, will be followed by a buffet lunch with wine etc.for the price of 6 euros, and will commence at 12 noon. The tickets for our Grand Raffle are now on sale, and the draw will take place in the library on Saturday 14th December. Ladies - don’t forget our Ladies lunch at the Petit Los Angeles on Tuesday 5th November - always a greatly enjoyed event. Please leave your names and your 14 euros at the treasurer’s desk in the library. Another talk has been arranged for the 5th December - details later. Here are some of the very recently acquired books, including two by Jason Webster, an English author living in Spain. He brings to life Valencian living, evoking the people, the food, the drink and most of all the atmosphere, and his books are very highly recommended.

Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and is deep into Edwards Gibbon’s ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’. He has little patience with Maxine’s prattle. But when his old friend Mike Burden asks if he might like to assist on this case as Crime Solutions Adviser(unpaid), Wexford is obliged to pay more attention to all available information.

Never Go Back by Lee Child Camara hunts down his prey through the city’s streets and bars. But while he follows the trail of death, money, corruption and sex in search of the killer, he must also battle his own demons and desires.

Your interests could lead you down avenues you never realized existed. You will inspire confidence in others. Look out for those wanting to push you into a disagreement.

TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Throw yourself into your work. Don’t be too eager to spend money that you really don’t have. However, you may not attract the kind of interest you had in mind.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to get upset or angry without having all the facts. Don’t sign up for too many extra activities or you’ll have trouble fulfilling your obligations. This could be a difficult day to deal with coworkers.

You are going through a period of questioning. You’ll regret every word for some time to come. You may want to take a serious look at your goals and objectives.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Uncer tain changes regarding your personal life are evident. You will learn valuable information if you travel today. Don’t get involved in secret affairs or underhanded involvements.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can get phenomenal returns if you present your ideas to those who can back your interests. Get involved in fitness programs that will bring you in contact with new friends. You may want to get a little extra rest. You are prone to infections and fevers. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) If boredom has set in, find new and unique directions that offer interesting friendships. You will be extremely receptive to new and progressive methods at work. Pay attention to small but important details.

No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Don’t say something you’ll live to regret. Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. You will be a real chatterbox today.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)

Or The Bull Kills You by Jason Webster Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you - traditional proverb Chief Inspector Max Camara hates bullfighting, but one hot afternoon in Valencia he has to replace his boss, judging a festival corrida that stars Spain’s most famous matador. That night, he is summoned back to the bullring where the young bullfighter’s dead body now lies, naked and mutilated. As the city prepares for Fallas, the five-day festival of fireworks and bonfires, and the politicians work feverishly towards an election,

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

A Death In Valencia by Jason Webster

Detective Max Camara is under pressure : A renowned paella chef has been found dead; the town hall is set on demolishing El Cabanyal, the colourful fisherman’s quarter on Valencia’s seafront; an abortionist has been kidnapped and with the Pope due to visit the city, the police are summoned to offer protection from crowds of the faithful and the danger of anti-religionists alike. When one of Camara’s longterm adversaries is put in charge of the missing abortionist case, tensions quickly run high, and with ominous cracks spreading across the walls of his flat, Camara soon has nowhere to turn.


Sarah Hussein was not popular with many people in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parentage - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St.Peter’s Church. But it comes as a profound shock to everyone when she is found strangled in the Vicarage. A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his comparatively recent retirement, the former

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington DC, the headquarters of his old unit, the 100th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn’t a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there? What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteenyear-old homicide. And he certainly doesn’t expect to hear these words . ?You’re back in the army , Major. And your ass is mine’ Will he be sorry he went back? Or - will someone else?

A long discussion is in order if you wish to clear the air. Make the necessary changes that will enable you to advance financially. Try not to lend or borrow money today.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You should be looking into making changes around the house. You will have to check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be beyond your budget. Opportunities for advancement at work are apparent. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You’d be wise to control your spending so your debts don’t get out of hand. You will do your best work on your own. Insurance pay outs, tax rebates, or just plain luck. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your lover may cost you financially. You might find that delays will cause setbacks and upset. You need activity.




Kia move into fast lane with new GT


Road Taxes

N Spain road taxes (Rodaje or Impuesto de vehículo de tracción mecánica as they are known in Spanish) are not the same as in the UK although they are of course payable annually.

One of the biggest differences between road taxes here and the UK is the prices. They are considerably cheaper here and also the fact that there is not a disc displayed in the car showing that payment has been made, nor is it a requisite to have the vehicle insured prior to the tax being paid. Road taxes are payable annually and whilst they are technically “due“ on the 1st January each year, each Town Hall has set “voluntary periods“ in which to pay these amounts. Generally they start in April and some finish in May, some in July and so on. Each year the actual dates change but there is normally a six week period over which payment can be made. You can find out the actual dates each year, either by searching on the web site of the appropriate town hall of where the car is registered, or by asking at the local Town Hall. You can make payments at the Town Halls or SAC centres or for some Town Halls you can pay in the offices of Consorcio, which are situated in Los Cristianos (upstairs in the Cultural Centre) or in San Miguel on the lower road behind the Main Town Hall building. You are also able to set up a direct debit if you wish. Each town hall will provide you with the necessary documents to set this up.


T’S been a long time coming but I reckon Kia’s first ever high-performance model was well worth the wait.

I got my first taste of the threedoor pro cee’d GT recently and enjoyed it immensely. Okay, it’s not the fastest sports performer on the road but I found it was pacy enough to provide lively driving enjoyment. I really got to like this stylish Kia – and not just for its looks. It is a car suited for every day driving – whether that’s in town centre traffic, cruising on the motorway or sampling excellent handling on some winding roads. The power comes from a turbocharged 201bhp 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine which was well capable of providing a sprightly performance when required, moving through its slick six-speed manual gearbox. A normally aspirated version of this ‘Gamma’ engine is already available in the pro cee’d, but adding an exhaust-driven turbo raises its power output by 51 per cent and the amount of torque by 61 per cent – boosting power yet also returning a combined fuel consumption of 38.2mpg. There’s a more direct and sporting feel to the steering of the GT and I was impressed by the ride and handling quality during my time with the car. This newcomer also benefits from re-tuned suspension along with 18-inch alloy wheels. You won’t be whipped back into your seat when you floor the pedal in this GT but the power does surge through quickly enough and also quite smoothly as you go through the gears. It doesn’t hang around either with a zero to 60mph time of 7.4 seconds and is capable of

reaching 143mph. It’s a good looker with the GT’s styling touches including new front and rear bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts, ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and 18-inch graphite grey ground-effect alloy wheels with red brake calipers. The sporty, quality interior doesn’t disappoint either

Enhancing Kia’s familiar threedial instrument layout is a TFT LCD multi-function highdefinition display – allowing drivers to switch between analogue-type or GT performance digital information. The GT mode shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and engine coolant temperature levels as well as other trip information. Kia has come on leaps and bounds in the last decade and this new venture into performance models will

If the Road tax is not paid within the voluntary period then a fine will be charged. This can vary between 5 and 20% depending on the town hall. If the payment is not made by the 31st December of the said year interest then accrues on a daily basis until such time as payment is made. In recent years the town halls have been more proactive in chasing payments and follow procedures which can end up with an embargo being placed on your bank account and /or car, the latter prevents the sale of the car until it is cleared. There is also now a system in place with Tráfico which allows the Town Halls to effectively “block” any transfer being completed if the previous (or indeed earlier years) road taxes are not paid. Most Town Halls do not send reminders or payment notices so the onus is on the owner to ensure that they make timely payments. If you have any questions or queries regarding this or any other motoring related matter please contact me or call 922783828 during office hours.


with Recaro seats – seen for the first time in a Kia – finished in leather and suede, and with power lumbar adjustment, with red stitching that is also on the leather steering wheel and gear knob, a black headlining and several gloss black trim items. This GT model is well equipped with standard items including air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, automatic lights, cornering lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming and voice recognition, a six speaker radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, electric windows and electrically operated and heated folding mirrors.

attract even more motorists to the Korean car manufacturer. The pro cee’d GT is built at its Zilina plant in Slovakia and will be sold only in Europe. There are two versions, the £19,995 test car GT, and a GT Tech which costs £22,495. A limited edition GT 1st Edition, priced at £23,995, was also available at launch with 500 built and only 50 earmarked for the UK. Early next year will see the arrival of a GT version of the five-door cee’d.

Q. I have a 57 plate zafira, 1.6 petrol with manual transmission. Since day one it has just been problem after problem in and out of the garage costing us a small fortune on parts and plenty of time in courtesy cars. The biggest issue was in January this year when the engine was reconditioned. To be honest I think they only did this as they couldn’t figure out the underlying issue. Since January it has been ok but I have always thought since then that it sounded a little more ‘gruff ’. More recently, over the last two weeks it has developed a very loud noise. The best way I can describe it is that inside the car it sounds like a blowing exhaust with a sort of whirring noise that is similar to the sound of failed wheel bearings. Today we also noticed a kind of squeal whilst going up a hill/ at lower speeds. The whirling and growl only seems to pick up once over 2k revs. It isn’t present if you depress the clutch and gets louder on acceleration. There is also a random rattling that doesn’t seem to present at any particular time just periodically comes and goes. We took the car to a garage today and they took it for a test drive to listen to the sound. The guy said they thought it was the gearbox but because their gearbox specialist wasn’t in today he couldn’t properly diagnose it and worst case scenario was a new gear box. I will take it for a proper diagnosis on Monday but until then I would really appreciate any views on whether it is likely to be the gearbox or even if it’s specific parts which could be replaced to avoid the expense of a new gearbox which I really can’t afford. I don’t want to be stung for the gearbox if I can replace parts at less expense. The car is at 150.000 kilometres and has done around 20.000 kilometres since the engine has been reconditioned.

A. The whistling sound that you have mentioned could be a turbo; customers have described the sound of a damaged turbo as the sound of being followed by a siren. Was the reconditioned engine that was put in the car a second hand one, if so was the turbo changed? It could also be the gearbox as Zafira´s have a common gearbox issue, a new gearbox however is not necessary as it is a very easy gearbox to rebuild, the most common issue is the bearings inside the box. Please email your questions to .






Aiming high with Tenerife Bluetrail 2013 the cable car station 3,500 metres up, the only athletic competition in Spain to reach this level. This is a new innovation for the event and the reason the race’s slogan is “Sea to Sky”. All the routes actually go through six municipalities ie. Arona, Adeje, Vilaflor, La Orotava, Los Realejos and Puerto de la Cruz. The build-up to the race has included talks from elite


T’S all systems go for the Tenerife Bluetrail 2013, one of the most demanding sporting events of the annual calendar across Spain.

Around 1,200 athletes are expected to take part in the challenge on October 19th which represents a huge occasion as well for Puerto de la Cruz which hosts one of the starting points and all of the finishes. Thousands of people are expected to go along to cheer the competitors home. Puerto’s sports councillor, Juan Carlos Marrero said although it has meant a tremendous amount of planning, it was a great privilege and honour to be involved. This is the third edition of Tenerife Bluetrail, organised by the Cabildo and will touch the south and north of the island because of its four disciplines. For the elite athletes, there is the 101.6km Ultratrail which leaves the port area of Los Cristianos as the stroke of midnight heralds the arrival of Saturday, October 19th. The runners have up to 23 hours in which to complete the test. The Ultratrail route is: Los Cristianos – Arona – Ifonche – Vilaflor de Chasna – Degollada de Guajara – El Portillo – Montaña Blanca – La Rambleta – Montaña Blanca – Lomo Hurtado - Degollada del Cedro – Ladera de Tigaiga – El Asomadero – El Realejo Alto

– El Realejo Bajo – San Vicente – Mirador de San Pedro – Rambla de Castro – Puerto de La Cruz. The 51km Trail has a time limit of 13 hours and is another major challenge. It starts in the street of Santa Catalina in picturesque Vilaflor at 9am. The route is Vilaflor de Chasna – Degollada de Guajara – El Portillo – Degollada del Cedro – Ladera de Tigaiga – El Asomadero – El Realejo Alto – El Realejo Bajo – San Vicente – Mirador de San Pedro – Rambla de Castro – Puerto de La Cruz. The 23km Mediatrail starts from Los Realejos at 8am and will take up to four hours. Runners will take the route of El Realejo Alto – El Asomadero – Área de Descanso Enrique Talg – Til de Los Pavos - El Realejo Alto – El Realejo Bajo – San Vicente – Mirador de San Pedro – Rambla de Castro – Puerto de La Cruz. The Adapted Trail for lessabled athletes on special hand-bikes will start at 10.30am and finish an hour later, all in Puerto de la Cruz. This is a route of 3.95km and goes around a circuit three times. The starting point is the sports area near the Hotel Turquesa. It goes round the

Castle of San Felipe, around the car park of the dock and then right through the busy tourist area including Plaza de Europa, the town hall and the San Telmo walk. The participants will then go along La Hoya and eventually reach the joint finishing line at Lago Martiánez and on to the beach area. All four tests will end here at different times of the day, with the final conclusion at 11pm. Participants come from all parts of the Canary Islands, Spain and beyond and will see Tenerife’s stunning landscape, including some of the highest points of the Teide National Park, the rugged coastline, lush forests and natural spaces. One of the biggest challenges for the Ultratrail competitors is having to reach



A unanimous decision has been taken to name the sports centre “José Alberto Mesa Díaz ‘Alber’”. Granadilla council endorsed the proposal by the citizen participation department, headed by Nacho Mendoza Morales, and which echoed

the popular sentiment of the fishing village. Alber died on November 20th, 2011 when out fishing. He was described as an exemplary young man with an entrepreneurial spirit, committed and a selfless contributor. He was dedicated to the

New swim classes at Los Cristianos A wide range of activities has been launched at the municipal pool in Los Cristianos

Special tribute at sports centre HE memory of a young man who died whilst doing the job he loved will live on for ever in Los Abrigos.


fishing industry, a traditional economic activity of Los Abrigos, and was passionate about it, both for himself and for others. Alber, who was just 21 when he died, was also a keen footballer. More than 1,000 people signed a letter asking for the sports centre to take his name and the process has now started to make this happen.

athletes and mass training sessions and it all means widespread publicity for Tenerife as the island once again puts itself on the international sporting map. Its over-riding objective is to make trail running accessible for all, whether super-fit or less-abled and to provide a great event for all to watch. Puerto says it will do everything within its power to make sure the Tenerife Bluetrail is another huge success and it undoubtedly will be. The challenge has an excellent website on which can be translated into English so you can keep up to date with any latest developments.


RONA counci’s sports department says the summer programme was very well-received with about 4,500 people taking part and feeling the benefit of the two heated pools. The ambitious winter programme for 2013-2014 runs from October through to June and includes: Adult swimming. The objective is to teach the basic skills of swimming and various styles so that people are more confident in the water and there is a benefit to their health. Classes are spread throughout the morning and afternoon. Swimming for pregnant women. This programme runs three days a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6.30pm to 7.20pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11.30am to 12.20pm. The swimming is adapted towards maintaining and improving physical condition during pregnancy and to facilitate post-natal

recovery. Swimming for babies. This is a new feature of the programme this year. The aim is to strengthen bonds between baby and mother and stimulate the baby’s development. Classes will be held in a suitable environment with a pool space being made available. The classes are Tuesday and Friday from 11.50am to 12.30pm, Monday and Thursday 4.30pm to 5.10pm and Wednesday and Friday 4.30pm to 5.10pm. Swimming therapy. A health programme which will help cope with illness or injuries, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.30pm to 8.20pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 10.20pm and 10.30am to 11.20am.






Spectacular 18km challenge Swimmers fly the flag for El Hierro

Photo by Tasio Armas


T was much more than a sporting marathon when nearly 200 swimmers took to the “Sea of Calm” in El Hierro.

There were many reasons to celebrate. This was a show of solidarity for the future of the island which suffered so much in 2011 with thousands of underwater quakes and a submarine eruption off the coast of La Restinga. It was evidence that no matter what your age, you can conquer a challenge – the oldest competitor was over 70 and the youngest were in their teens. It was another great way to turn the spotlight on sport and all that this lovely island has to offer. And on top of all this, there was even a romantic proposal! This second ocean swim was organised by El Hierro Cabildo, El Pinar council and the leisure association BuenPlan. Without other support, however, it would not have been possible – from the likes of businesses, fishermen, the Spanish Red Cross, Fred Olsen Lines and more, plus hundreds of volunteers. Competitors came from all parts of the Canary Islands, Spain and even Eduardo Cozzi and Silvia Castro from Argen-tina who made the journey especially to show their support for El Hierro. The test on October 5th was split into various sections, the

longest of which was 18 kilometres and presented a massive physical challenge. It started from the emblematic Orchilla lighthouse and finished at La Restinga where a large crowd gathered to cheer all the competitors home. Airám Rodríguez of Club Natación Las Palmas was the outright winner after a gruelling five hours whilst the 6.5km race was won by Jorge SánchezCapuchino. Last year’s champion in the 2.5km section, Noel Afonso repeated the achievement. There was a great show of affection for Gran Canarian swimmer Carmelo Santana who once again overcame disability to take part in the 18km test and came a very creditable ninth. The romantic story of the day came when 6.5km swimmer Víctor Abad revealed a slogan on his tee-shirt and proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone, on one knee with ring in hand (and she did say yes!) Sixty-one women took part in the challenge and the Canary tri-athlete Delioma González was triumphant in the 18km event, repeating last year’s victory. Verónica Navarro, just

15 years of age, was the first woman to reach the finishing line over the 6.5km route, also topping the juvenile winners and coming third overall. Ricardo Armas, Antonio Manchado and Mauricio O’Shanahan gave a lesson of vitality and showed that despite being over 70, there is no age limit in this sport. The challenge had generated a massive amount of interest on the social network sites and

times of all the competitors were posted online as they came in, courtesy of Top Time Canarias as each swimmer had a chip. Organisers were thrilled with its success and the perfect weather conditions on the day which created superb sea conditions and turned the sea into a natural pool. All agreed this was one of the most spectacular events of its kind in Spain.

Photo by Abraham Arteaga


Best taekwondo event in Tenerife


L Rosario is to host what is considered to be the best taekwondo event in the Canary Islands.

The IV Open Internacional de Taekwondo, the only one of its kind held in Tenerife, takes place on Saturday, October 26th in the sports centre, El Chorrillo. The Mayor, Macario Benítez Gil, together with sports councillor, Macario Benítez Gil and youth councillor, José Antonio Estévez Cabrera, met co-ordinator Aníbal Díaz to discuss details. This latest tournament has been made possible thanks to the continued support of El Rosario council and the sports department of Tenerife Cabildo who have championed the sport, an Olympic discipline which has seen considerable Spanish success in recent

times. The previous three editions have attracted more than 800 athletes from various parts of the country and abroad, including champions from Spain, Europe and the world. The tournament has the support of the Tenerife Taekwondo Delegation, the Canary Federation of Taekwondo, the Spanish Association of Coaches of Taekwondo as well as several Tenerife companies who have provided their collaboration.






Hand in hand, sport and solidarity


N inaugural charity event which attracted more than 90 cyclists proved a great success in San Juan de la Rambla.

The ride was organised by the local council’s sports department to show solidarity for those in need. Competitors came from all parts of the island and about 100 euros was raised, together with the donation of more than 70 kilos of food for the Municipal Food Fund. The test began at 9am in the morning from the plaza of San José and then up towards the TF-342. The cyclists then

headed towards the area known as Pino Llorón, where they stopped for a snack and to enjoy the view. Once rested,


riders descended through the streets of La Vera with the subsequent return to the plaza starting point. The journey took five and a half hours, over 42.5km. This cycle marathon was one of a number of charity events which have taken place in San Juan de la Rambla in recent months, having raised thousands of euros in total and added several tons of food to the Food Fund which currently helps about 200 families each month in the municipality. Sports councillor, Jonay Méndez said supporters had shown that sport and solidarity could go hand in hand and

they were very pleased with the cycling event, so much so that a second edition would be planned.

Golf tournament backs a worthy cause



HE ninth edition of the María García-Estrada Memorial tournament held at the Real Club de Golf de Tenerife proved another outstanding success. The competition and gala dinner once again raised thousands of euros for the Foundation which bears Maria’s name. This talented young sportswoman, for whom golf was a passion, lost her battle for life against the rare form of cancer, sarcoma, in 2005 when she was just 23. Her families launched the foundation in her honour to fund further research. Over 30 companies collaborated in this year’s tournament, a day of sport and solidarity rounded off with the traditional dinner and awards ceremony. The foundation is currently financing five different lines of research, including two in the USA. President Jose Luis García-Estrada said they were very grateful to everyone for their support and stressed how ever y euro was vital for

Your invite to golf tournament


HE beautiful Buenavista Golf is ten years old this October and an anniversary tournament is being held to celebrate.

It takes place on Saturday, October 26th and there is an open invitation to take part in the various categories, with a closing date for entries of October 24th. There will be good prizes

to be won, including in the grand raffle which includes airline tickets, a helicopter trip, green fees, hotel stays etc. This is also a fantastic way to discover the delights of the Isla Baja region.

All interested can discover more details on

research as it could not be covered by public funds. The foundation has also launched a “Friends” organisation which is proving a key tool in fund-raising and to which donations can be made direct on In the tournament, there was victory for the team made up of Luis Claverie and Miguel Martín Folguera.

Jose Conrado Brier Cologan and Alejandro Martínez Barona Zerolo were second and Luis Yanes Roca and Guillermo Huergo Olsen were third. Pilar Arribas was the lady who achieved the longest drive whilst for the men, it was Antonio Genovart Patterson. On the 16th, Katja Hintz hit the ball closest to the hole and Roger Bendrihem was nearest the seventh. During the dinner, many companies donated prizes for a grand raffle, including hotel accommodation, green fees and gifts.

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