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USINESS leaders in the Canaries claim the coastal areas are being severely neglected despite being a major part of the islands’ tourism appeal. Ashotel, the Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, and the Tenerife Circle of Businesses (CEST) say many projects are talked about but take too long to come to fruition, if at all, due to lack of funding or decisons. Among these are the beaches of Martiánez (Puerto de la Cruz), Los Tarajales (Arona) and Valleseco (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and the coastal walk from the beach of Callado in Los Cristianos to La Enramada (Adeje). Renovation of the promenade at Las Galletas is also awaiting a single permisison. They are calling for the creation of a fund for infrastructures and actions on the coasts of the Canary Islands, similar to the one that was launched during the presidency of Rodríguez Zapatero for an amount of 50 million euros per year but which was suspended in 2012 with the Government of the PP. Ashotel and the CEST say it is not acceptable given the

importance of tourism to have to wait years for the execution of projects. “We need greater flexibility and speed,” said Juan Pablo González on behalf of Ashotel. The two organisations also want regeneration of the sand on certain beaches and a proper policy to avoid the closure of beach bars in Arona and Adeje in August. Other items on their wishlist include control of the holiday rental activity in the Canaries which currently account for 30 per cent of the regulated supply of tourist beds and another look at the time-share rules. CEST and Ashotel say the third lane of the TF-1 on the San Isidro-airport-Playa de Las Américas stretch is still desperately needed, together with the renovation of the south airport terminal. The demands were made during a meeting with Spain’s Minister of Industr y, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

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Wonderdunes for blockbuster!

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WO people have been arrested following a serious robbery in Playa de las Américas when a couple received stab wounds.

Both suspects are Colombian nationals, aged 22 and 19, and have been charged with attempted murder, robbery with violence and injurying two French tourists. One of the detainees had put a knife to the man’s neck to rob him but when he resisted, he was cut several times in the arms and legs. The woman who accompanied him and who tried to defend him also suffered injuries to her arm and stomach but prevented the robbery. The French tourists, aged 45 and 40, both needed hospital treatment following the attack which happened in calle Managua at 4.20am.

OLLYWOOD giants have descended on Fuerteventura for the latest blockbuster to be filmed in the Canaries, Wonder Woman! Warner Bros is using the dunes of Corralejo though access is being strictly prohibited to curious tourists. Although there has been controversy over the use of the protected landscape, the Cabildo expects “unmeasurable”publicity for the island when the movie starring actress Gal Gadot is released.


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PROVINCE LEADER

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OS Realejos is the leading council of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with the most followers on Facebook.

With 20,510 followers, the municipality has opted for social networks as an effective communication tool with residents. Los Realejos, with a population of 37,000, thus exceeds the municipalities with the largest population, with capitals and administrative headquarters or larger municipal budgets, and with special relevance to the large cities of the island. La Orotava has 20,456 followers, Arona with 19,914, La Laguna with 19,260 and Adeje with 19,250, Los Llanos de Aridane with 11,072, Santa Cruz de la Palma with 8,650, Frontera with 6,735, Valverde with 4,020 and San Sebastián de La Gomera 4,454. Mayor, Manuel Domínguez said: “Although we have entered a year later than some municipalities, since then we have decided to bet on this social network as an effective

communication tool with residents”. “We have tried to make sure that the contents of our page, by their high informative level, variety and freshness, are sufficiently attractive to maintain the interest of the people who follow us what supposes a daily dynamisation of several publications every day.”

CANARY DESTINATION

Of the 20,510 followers, 61 per cent are women, 33 per cent of them between 25 and 44 years old; and 39 per cent men, 22 per cent in the same age group. Outside of Spain, the official facebook of Los Realejos council has followers in five continents, 160 of them in Venezuela, 79 in the United Kingdom, 77 in Germany, 76 in Italy, 64 in the United States

and 63 in Argentina, as most relevant numbers. Councillor for new technologies, Laura Lima, said: “Social networks are an essential part of our daily reality. We are the mouth to mouth of the 21st century.” The council is also present in other social networks such as twitter and instagram, although with an even smaller impact.

Police swoop on immigration gang with 18 arrests A GENTS of the National Police assigned to the International Cooperation Team based in Mauritania have arrested 18 people preparing to leave imminently to the Canary coast.

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Those arrested were located inside a house in the city of Nouadhibou (Mauritania) and were intending to make the journey in a fishing boat- type cayuco to the Canary Islands. The organisers demanded between 600 and 1,000 euros to those who intended to undertake the trip, mostly Senegalese citizens captured in their places of origin by employees of the organisation. One of the arrested is facing an alleged crime of favouring irregular immigration. When officers searched the house in Nouadhibou , they found 70 litres of fuel, two containers of motor oil, a device of positioning and GPS navigation, life jackets, wet suits, gloves, blankets, mats, as well as cooking equipment:

gas stoves and bottles, food and drink for the days of crossing. The detainees are aged between 20 and 30 years and nationalities Mauritanian, Guinean, Bangladeshi, and Senegalese (15). The citizen from Bangladesh is accused of an alleged crime of favouring illegal immigration. At the time of his arrest, he clearly distinguished himself from the rest by dressing in different clothes that were not suitable for starting a journey of several days in a cayuco. In addition, among their belongings the agents found a residence card, a work permit and a driver’s licence, all valid and issued in Kuwait, a country from which he arrived at the end of August to the Mauritanian capital to finally move to Noadhibou.


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Residents of Highlining Kevin and friends Guia de Isora smash records in Moya want better F internet service

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UIA de Isora council has expressed its concern after the growing increase in citizen demand for a better connection and faster internet access in the municipality. In response to the deficiencies detected, the council contacted Tenerife Cabildo in 2016 and also proposed specific planning for municipalities with such remote and diverse centres as Guía de Isora. “There are many occasions when we are asked for information at the council on fibre optics and we are even asked to be responsible for why it does not reach one place or another,” says the Mayor, Pedro Martín. The procedure consists in making a record of the interested users, and when the companies consider that the action is profitable, Movistar intervenes.” “The town councils can ask for it but it is only installed where it is economically inte-

resting. It is unfortunate but this happens when in a country fundamental sectors such as communications are privatised,” he added. For the time being, the only public initiative that is underway is a fibre optic line that runs along the entire highway (the ring of telecommunications) and from there private companies should be connected. Currently in the municipality of Guía de Isora, only some areas of the coastal towns of Playa San Juan and Alcalá have fibre optic services. The installation of optical fibre in schools has also been started due to regulations of the Government of the Canary Islands and is foreseen in some of the municipal facilities.

OUR adventurers smashed records by walking barefoot without a pole along a wobbling zipline 200 metres above a rocky ravine in the Canaries!

Kevin Vega, Rubén Pérez, Alejandro Gimeno and Wojtek Dopierala wrote themselves into the record books in a new sport which is sweeping the globe. The tightrope, unusual because it is slack rather than taut and therefore swings in the wind, was just 2.5 centimetres wide and 300 metres long. Kevin, Rubén and Alejandro smashed the Spanish record for highlining distance whilst Wojtek gained the Polish equivalent. The daring escapade took place in Moya in Gran Canaria in front of a hushed crowd which broke into spontaneous applause each time a journey was completed. Two of the crossings took 15 minutes, the others 17 and 25. The previous Spanish record of the longest highline walk was set by Kevin himself

when he conquered 270 metres on the Gran Canaria cliff of Faneque. Balancing on a nylon band and at high altitude is a sporting practice on the rise both in the Canary Islands and in the rest of Spain, where there are more and more intrepid enthusiasts who dare to challenge vertigo. The craze is also sweeping France, United States, Germany and Switzerland.

Despite the obvious anguish caused to onlookers, organisers assure there is NO risk to the highliners as they do have a safety rope. Even so, they would still be left dangling over a sheer drop in mid-air until rescued! The intrepid record-breakers said they had been “overwhelmed” by their success and the support shown to them. “ We want our sport to become better known and

accepted as spectacular and safe,” they said. “This is the way dreams come true!” Kevin, 22, said: “You have to control the psychological factor because although you go with security measures, you face the vacuum, you walk on nothing.” The incredible video was takien by Planetdrone on behalf of the organisers who included Moya’s local council.


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RAISING FUNDS

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K9 tennis Start of term at Valle San Lorenzo CEIP may be delayed tournament K

9 Animal Refuge has teamed up with Miraverde Tennis Club to host a tennis tournament in order to raise funds for the animals. The tournament will take place on Saturday 6th October at Miraverde tennis club in Playa de las Americas, between 2pm and 6pm. During this time, you will be able to enjoy yourself while knocking around a tennis ball and contributing towards a great cause. Groups will include ladies’ singles’, doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. During the tournament there will be the opportunity to purchase K9 merchandise as well as a raffle, where you can win some amazing prizes! Registration must be before the 20th of September and there is a 10€ entry fee. All process will go to K9 Animal Refuge. So get your tennis shoes on and come out to play! Also, tickets are now available for our annual preChristmas dinner and show! The dinner will be held at Music Hall Tavern on the 8th December and includes a three course meal, drinks, a live show and much more! For more information contact Lyn on 626344799 or lindamaggs40@gmail.com.

Meet Our Dogs We have many dogs - in all shapes and sizes – waiting patiently for their loving, safe and secure forever homes. You can see them all – their stories and pictures – on our website at www.k9tenerife.com Go to “K9 dogs/Dogs waiting for homes”. Why not visit us at K9 Refuge on Calle Chimbesque between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas any day of the week between 10:00 and 14:00. Alternatively, you can get in

touch by telephoning us on 667 638 468 or emailing info@k9tenerife.com You will also find stories of our dogs, their antics and heartwarming re-homings on facebook by following Diary of a K9 Tenerife Dogwalker and also K9 Tenerife. Also, to see daily photos of the walks that take place at K9, like the facebook page Voluntarios del Refugio K9.

Ways you can help

If you wish to support K9 animal refuge and contribute towards the safe rescue and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats of Tenerife, we would be very appreciative. There are several ways to help: you can buy our merchandise (T shirts, vests, key rings, wristbands and more) at K9, you can sponsor one of our wonderful sponsor dogs via our website, you can donate either money via our website or in cash at our refuge or food and other items which help us look after our dogs and cats. Also, you can become a volunteer dog walker by calling us or simply popping by any day during our opening hours. Remember to keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for any fund raising events which you may like to attend. Also, why not come along to our charity shop in Alcala? Where you can buy or donate second hand items and all funds go to the animals of k9.

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HE start of the new school year may be delayed for pupils in Valle San Lorenzo.

Arona council had commissioned the first integral reform of the Valle San Lorenzo CEIP in three decades but the work is taking longer than expected because of greater deficiencies than expected. Arona has proposed to the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands that the course starts at the school on Thursday, September 20th. “The objective is for classes to start with the centre reformed and in good condition,” said a council spokesman. During two months, the works have been carried out intensively, throughout the day

and on weekends, with the aim of finishing them facing the beginning of the school year. The Ministry will have the final say about the delay of the start of the course. Councillor for the environment, works and infrastructure of Arona, José Luis Gómez, explained that “first of all, we have to apologise to the affected families. The intention of this area was that the works were ready on September 10th.” “Despite the effort made by the company and the intensity of the works, carried out on afternoons and evenings and even on weekends, the

antiquity of the centre has led to the appearance of various hidden vices which are necessary to repair. We know that delaying the start of the course is an inconvenience but the reality is that the CEIP Valle San Lorenzo needed this action of comprehensive

reform and large-scale like this, which involves an investment of 200,000 euros.” “The school was in a worse state than we expected and it was totally necessar y to update it to have quality educational infrastructure in Arona.”

“EMPLÉATE” PROGRAMME

Women praised as diplomas presented in work project

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total of 64 women from different areas of the municipality of Arona have recently received diplomas certifying their participation in the “Empléate” programme. The aim of the project is to improve their employability and promote their empowerment, in an action organised by the Federation of Associations of Women Arena and Laurisilva. Held in facilities of Arona centre, Valle San Lorenzo and El Fraile, the workshops have been developed throughout the months of May, June and July and are part of the project of Empowerment and Employability for Women at Risk of Social Exclusion, subsidised by the Government of the Canary Islands These training actions have revolved around the following

topics: Self-esteem, selfknowledge and empowerment; tools for job searches: curriculum vitae and cover letter; presentation and preparation for the job interview; techniques for active job search and social skills and effective communication for job search. Until the end of the year, in addition, the Federation’s employment technique will provide free orientation and individual counselling services through personalised insertion and information itineraries for women in the municipality by requesting a prior appointment at 922 085 285 or at -mail: empleatetf.arenaylaurisil-

va@gmail.com. Councillor for social services of Arona, Elena Cabello, said the council supported this type of initiative that “direct their efforts to the incorporation of women into the public sphere,

making their contributions to paid work more visible and improving their quality of life, in so far as they are focused on an objective such as the preparation for their incorporation into the labour market.”


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RESTAURANT INCIDENT

Couple arrested over bill row

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N altercation at a restaurant in Costa Adeje led to the arrest of a British couple for allegedly refusing to pay their bill.

Two police officers are said to have been injured during the incident. According to the Spanish press, members of the Local Police of Adeje were called out to a restaurant in San Eugenio. The couple were arguing about their bill and allegedly became aggressive towards the police. One officer needed treatment for a bruised face whilst the other had stitches to an eyebrow. El Dia says the man and woman were arrested for the crime of assault.

PUERTO DRAMA

Fire in abandoned house

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EMBERS of the Tenerife Fire Insular Consortium, based in La Orotava, were called out at 2am to a house fire in Puerto de la

Cruz.

The alert was raised after smoke was seen coming from an abandoned house in calle Julio Romero. A firefighting unit confirmed the presence of fire in the kitchen of the house and the existence of a person in the interior, who was transferred to a hospital centre. After extinguishing the fire, they proceeded to carry out the ventilation tasks. Local Police and the Canary Emergency Service were also present.

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Las Galletas seafront reform “vital” for the town’s future

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RONA council is stressing the need to bring an updated look to Las Galletas with reformation of its seafront.

Spain’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto visited the municipality last week and held an onsite meeting with the Mayor, José Julián Mena. He presented the different priority projects for the municipality, such as the execution of the recovery and refurbishment of the coastal promenade of Las Galletas, which is only waiting for the State Government to carry out an expropriation and tender the works. Sr. Mena said the recover y and refurbishment project of the coastal promenade of Las Galletas was strategic for the modernisation of the municipality and, especially, for recovering the coastline of this town and boost its tourist and commercial competitiveness. The integral reform of the second phase of the walk of this nucleus already has the drafted project and is only waiting for a single expropriation by the State Government, which received a favourable report from the General Directorate of Coasts in 2017. “Therefore, the execution is only pending of the political will of the General State Administration,” said a spokesman for Arona council. The first phase, the most complex, goes from the Red Cross post to the sports pier and includes the extension of the beach, the disappearance of the Atlantic Avenue and the diversion of traffic through the Finca de Don Virgilio road. The second, which is the most advanced, covers from the sports dock to Punta del Viento and has a maximum bidding budget of three million euros. The project would involve the modernisation and total reform of the promenade, changing the road, expanding it in those areas that have been subject to expropriation, eliminating architectural barriers and providing it with new urban furniture. The latter also includes the necessary demolitions, earthworks, changes of pavement and foundations, irrigation and sanitation installation, new public lighting and gardening elements, among other elements. Sr. Mena explained that “for me as Mayor and for the whole of the government group, the reform of Las Galletas walk is a priority.” “It is necessary for the municipality and is very important for Las Galletas, in addition to being totally viable and realistic due to the advanced stage of processing in which it is missing only from an expropriation that has already been, including , informed by Costas“. The Mayor added: “The regeneration of this space will give this nucleus, along with other projects and initiatives that we have in place, the momentum and modernisation that it needs.”


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MINISTERIAL MEETING

Ten Bel and Costa del Silencio on Arona’s wishlist for major projects

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RONA is in the process of intense modernisation, its Mayor José Julián Mena has told the Spanish Government.

Sr. Mena met recently with the Minister of Industr y, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto with the aim of making her aware of various projects. Work has already started (or is imminent) on the first phase of comprehensive reform of the degraded Paseo de Los Tarajales in Los Cristianos (near Iceland), which will “allow the municipality to recover a maritime space of great potential and which currently presents an important state of deterioration.” The work is complemented by the recent action of the council in the environment of the so-called abandoned Chalet de los Peña on the seafront because of the bad state it was in. The meeting also discussed plans for Las Galletas (please see our separate story in this edition). Sr. Mena explained the situation in other areas, such as the process of unlocking Ten Bel, along the Paseo de

Las Galletas, to relaunch Costa del Silencio. The Mayor met with the minister during her visit to Arona as part of a meeting with the mayors who are part of the Association of Tourist Municipalities of the Canary Islands (AMTC). Sr. Mena stressed that “we are in a process of intense modernisation of Arona, with the regeneration of public spaces, the recover y of degraded areas and the implementation of works that allow us to recover the lost

time in recent decades, with key issues such as Las Galletas.” “Just as this government group unblocked the situation of El Mojón after many years, we are now doing it to achieve a solution to Ten Bel that, together with the reform of Las Galletas walkway, is key to relaunch the Costa del Silencio area.” With an investment by Arona council of more than 305,000 euros, plus financing from the Cabildo, the first phase of the Los Tarajales walk includes

the section between the Casa del Coronel and the hotel H10 Big Sur, with a deadline of 24 months. The aim is to achieve an aesthetically modern space, fully accessible and equipped with furniture, lighting and adequate signage, in addition to properly integrate public and private spaces and facilitate access to the sea. After the visit to Los Tarajales, the minister met with the mayors who are part of the Association of Tourist Municipalities of the Canary Islands (AMTC).

NEW SCHEME

Unemployed to help improve rural parts of Adeje

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DEJE council’s department of economic development and employment and of the environment, in partnership with the social services ministry, have initiated a new plan for rural employment – PER, which will see improvements to many rural zones in the borough. “The scheme will also see more people employed, working to recover ethnographic values and improve various parts of the Adeje municipality,” commented the councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and María Esther Rivero Vargas. “This project allows us to meet a number of needs. On the one hand we can offer employment to persons between 35 – 60 years who are currently without work, and at the same time improve rural parts of our borough, areas that are visited by the public and have an ethnographic value.”

Those who can take part in the scheme will be offered work for three months and will receive training and information regarding the zones in which they will be working, which will probably include La Quinta, Ifonche, Taucho, La Concepción and Tijoco Alto. “We hope the work will contribute to raise general awareness of the value of our environment and the need to care for it among other things,” the councillors added. Story courtesy of englishtime.com, a popular website you might like to visit for more Adeje news.

Man phones for help after fall

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EMBERS of Tenerife Fire Brigade were called in to rescue a person who fell into an empty pool in El Rosario.

The man himself raised the alarm, phoning the emergency services to say he had fallen from a considerable height into an empty pool and could not get out. The troops went to the scene and rescued the affected person, evacuating him on a stretcher before he was treated by medics. The Civil Guard and Canary Emergency Service also attended.


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La Orotava warns of heavy Celebrate the Night of Patrimony fines for breaches of animal rules in La Laguna OPEN DAY

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A Ototava has warned pet owners they will face fines of between 30 and 15,000 euros if caught breaching new rules introduced in July.

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A Laguna is to celebrate the Night of Patrimony with events in eight buildings of the municipality and three squares of the historic centre. Concerts of music, theatre, cinema, dance, exhibitions and guided tours make up the programme to mark the 25th anniversary of the Group of World Heritage Cities on September 15th. La Laguna has been a member of the network since 2002 and there will be similar celebrations in its 15 cities, with heritage as the link. September 15th will be an open day in La Laguna with recreational activities in different monumental spaces and public buildings, such as the Plenary Hall of the Town Hall, the House of the Captains, the Ossuna House, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Convent of Santa Catalina, the Convent of Santa Clara, the old Convent of San Agustín and the Palacio Lercaro. There will also be activities in the plazas Dr. Olivera, Los Remedios (Cathedral) and that of Brother Ramón. The activities will start at 6.25pm and conclude at 11.25pm. The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the World Heritage Cities Group also coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

MAZAPÉ VIEWPOINT

Renovation of old shelter will create a walkers’ retreat

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AN Juan de la Rambla council recently approved the start of the bidding process for work that will convert the old Mazapé viewpoint building into a renovated shelter that will provide accommodation for up to 22 hikers. This will provide a new lease of life to the deteriorated facility that was in danger of becoming a ruin after it closed its doors in 2013 and suffered various acts of vandalism and damage. The project has an estimated budget of 182,746 euros and is intended to transform the entire interior that once housed the restaurant, creating four rooms for visitors, one for staff, changes in toilets and shower areas with two zones differentiated and the creation of a laundry room with access from outside. Outside, cleaning of garden undergrowth and repair of railings and exterior enclosures

is planned. The replacement of exterior aluminum carpentry, interior wood, sanitary appliances, electrical installation, plumbing and equipment will also be undertaken. The new use of the building is intended to expand the offer currently offered by the council in terms of trails. It is located in the natural area “Protected Landscape of the Campeches, Tigaiga and Ruiz”, and surrounded by the trails of the Barranco Ruiz, the one that links the Fuente del Bardo with the Fuente del Rey or the Mazapé itself, which daily receives dozens of visitors attracted by its plant and agricultural wealth.

The levels will depend on whether the breach is considered minor, serious or very serious. Local residents helped in the preparation of the document, written by the Neotripic Foundation, which was supported by the majority of the political groups that make up the municipal corporation. A council spokesman explained: “The municipal ordinance is the result of the need to ensure the maintenance and safeguarding of animals in this northern town, taking into account the principles of respect, defence and protection of these, and making them compatible with hygiene, public health and safety of people.” The document gives great importance to the consideration of animals as a legal right to protect and conforms to the current constitutional framework and European laws. Last December, the Congress of Deputies unanimously approved that animals are no longer considered things and be legally recognised as living beings endowed with sensitivity. The approved ordinance advocates the protection and welfare of companion animals. The owner must be aware that he is responsible for the damages and inconveniences that they cause to people, other animals or movable or immovable property. Obviously it is forbidden to mistreat or physically attack animals or subject them to any other practice that results in any damage or suffering. Neither can they be abandoned or have them in inappropriate places. Among other things, it is envisaged to provide suitable public spaces for the ride and recreation of animals, and in this sense it is worth noting that recently has opened in the town, in the Polygon San Jerónimo, a new Park for dogs of about 4,500 metres square. The document also states that they must maintain control of entry to various spaces; that sufficient and balanced nutrition and hydration should be provided to keep animals at adequate levels of nutrition and health; that transportation must comply with security regu-

lations; that it is forbidden to use animals in shows, films, advertising activities, cultural or religious activities and any other activity whenever they may cause suffering or use them for the practice of begging. Likewise, animal fights or rotating exhibition attractions with live animals tied and

public animal slaughter, pigeon shooting and other similar practices are prohibited. Nor can it be disturbed, captured or marketed with exotic animals or urban settlers; keep the animals, and especially the companion dogs, tied to a fixed place for more than two hours, and in the case of the puppies, for more than one

hour; donate animals as a prize; supply them with substances that may cause alterations in health or behavior, except in cases covered by current regulations, etc. People who carry animals must adopt the necessar y measures to prevent the excrement and urine emission by them.


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“VITAL PROJECT”

CANCER INITIATIVE

Three central roads in Puerto get 12-month facelift worth two million euros

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OCAL residents in Puerto de la Cruz have been asked for their patience and understanding as work begins on the project to remodel the streets of San Juan, Las Damas, Iriarte and Plaza Concejil. The extensive project started on September 3rd. The execution period will be 12 months and the total investment of the work amounts to 2,117,312.96 euros, of which Tenerife Cabildo will provide 80 per cent, 1,693,850,327 euros, and Puerto the remaining 20 per cent, 423,462 , 59 euros. The Mayor Lope Afonso, accompanied by councillor for urbanism, Juan Carlos Marrero, in addition to the municipal and council technicians and

the technical director, presented the project of execution to the 150 residents and businesspeople of the areas affected. More than 40 questions were raised. Sr. Afonso said the improvements proposed in these “central and important roads for the municipality, after more than three decades without receiving any action, is necessary, since it brings quality and modernity to the municipality, with more green areas, new furniture and paving, in addition to harmony

with the other actions carried out by this administration, such as San Telmo, Calle Quintana and La Hoya, which together help to requalify the offer of our destination.” Sr. Marrero added: “This project shows the good harmony and joint work that Puerto council and Tenerife Cabildo have been doing, allowing us to completely renew three streets and a square that had not received any improvement for more than 30 years and in addition, receiving extra financing from the insular administration of almost 1.7 million euros.” The improvement project for San Juan, Las Damas, Iriarte and Concejil streets will

be carried out in two clearly differentiated phases. The first one will cover from calle San Juan street to calle Quintana. A second section from calle Iriart to San Juan will continue towards Concejil Square and calle Las Damas. A sub phase within the first will cover calle Iriarte from calle San Juan to Blanco. In a second and last phase, calle San Juan will be approached between calle Quintana and Concejil Square. In the different phases, and in all the affected roads, a space for pedestrian traffic will always be provided. Two further meetings will be held on November 17th and November 23rd.

ROCKY AREA

Stones cleared to give sea access

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ANTA Cruz city council has provided access to the sea in Igueste de San Andrés.

The maintenance teams, in two days of work, cleared an area of 1,100 square metres of stones and rocks in this area of Anaga. Seventh deputy mayor and councillor for the environment, Carlos Correa said the initiative responded to a demand of

residents in this area of the capital, who had reported in recent months that the tides had deposited a large amount of material like stones and rocks. Concern had also been expressed that fishermen would not be able to celebrate their maritime procession due to the difficulties that these obstacles entailed.

Arona gives its backing to vital BRA Project

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NE in eight women could suffer breast cancer in their lives. In Tenerife, every year, up to 300 women suffer a mastectomy as a result, which is why Arona council has joined the initiative The BRA Project with the Fundación Carrera por la Vida Foundation. The aim is to provide free specific and adapted bras, keys for a full recovery after undergoing this operation. In the Canary Islands last year, 1,132 people - most, although not all, women - were diagnosed with this disease. Faced with this situation, the areas of social services and senior citizens of Arona council, headed by councillors Elena Cabello and Pura Martín, respectively, have joined the initiative The B.R.A. Project by the Carrera por la Vida Foundation, an organisation with which it actively collaborates through actions such as Walk for Life, which annually visits the municipalities of Arona and Adeje and which collects funds for research and support to cancer patients and their families. This project aims to provide mastectomised women with free access to specific and adapted bras, which are key to a full recovery after undergoing this operation and which do not always have an affordable price for all women in the municipality.

TENO LIGHTHOUSE

Fisherman dies after rescue

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fisherman has died after being rescued on the coast of Tenerife near the Teno lighthouse.

The emergency service were called out to Punta de Teno in Buenavista del Norte just before 9.30am. The 112 service of the Government of the Canary Islands received an alert in which it was reported that a man who was in a steep area of the coast, about two kilometres from the lighthouse of Teno, had suffered a fainting while he was fishing and was unconscious. The rescue helicopter was called in because of the difficult access and airlifted the 51-year-old man to flatter land. He was found to be in cardiorespiratory arrest but despite prolonged efforts, including the use of a semiautomatic defibrillator, nothing could be done to save his life.

The initiative seeks that public administrations, through health centres, areas of the elderly and social services, or organisations such as Amate or the Spanish Association against Cancer, guarantee the right of any mastectomised woman to one of them. Both Pura Martín and Elena Cabello explained that “the lack of public resources on the part of other administrations in the south of Tenerife takes us to the town halls to assume the conscience and the responsibility of supporting the oncological patients and their families, from transport so that they can receive treatment in the hospitals of the metropolitan area to receive sessions of physiotherapy and psychological support, among others.” Currently, Arona has several projects underway to facilitate treatments and support cancer patients and their families. On the one hand, it pays for the transportation of these to hospitals in the Santa Cruz-La Laguna area to receive treatment, given the lack of these in the south. In addition, by means of an agreement with the Spanish Association against Cancer, it supports therapies of physiotherapy, information, counselling and psychological support through the headquarters that this organisation recently opened in Los Cristianos. A similar service is provided in the Municipal Centre of Functional Diversity of El Mojón, besides launching specific aquatic activities in municipal swimming pools for mastectomised women.


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Loro Parque issues huge thankyou after “best zoo in the world” accolade Guia de Isora offers a dip for your dog!

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ORO Parque has once again been recognised as the best zoo in the world.

This accomplishment has come for the second consecutive year, awarded by the highly reputable travel website TripAdvisor in the annual Travellers’ Choice 2018 awards. Once again, the independent evaluations of the major web platform’s users who have visited the facilities have confirmed that there is no better park than this one on the planet. “This recognition reinforces Loro Parque’s role as an authentic wildlife conservation centre, whose pillars are education, conservation and raising awareness among its visitors about the importance of protecting the animal world and its ecosystems,” said a spokesperson for Loro Parque. “Almost 50 million people have visited its facilities throughout its more than 45-year history, and all of them have recognised the top welfare of all the animals in the Parque.” Loro Parque in Puerto has an elaborate science, education and conservation programme implemented since 1994 through the Loro Parque Foundation. In this period of time and thanks to the principal sponsorship from Loro Parque, the Foundation was able to allocate more than 19 million dollars directly to the development of ‘in situ’ and ‘ex situ’ conservation programmes. This recognition coincides, precisely, with the transfer of

six specimens of Lear’s Macaws (one of the nine parrot species that the Foundation has managed to save from imminent extinction) to Brazil for their reinsertion into the wild, an event that is considered a conservation success. “With this and many other achievements in the protection of wildlife - many of which are marine species - Loro Parque is reaping the rewards of applying a corporate policy of reinvesting all its profits in the continuous development of the company and the constant improvement of animal welfare,” said the spokesperson. “At present, the company reinforces its firm commitment to the expansion of our facilities and infrastructure, which in turn contributes to the constant generation of employment in the Canary Islands.” Loro Parque says it would like to take this opportunity to thank its customers who visit daily from many different parts of the world; the tour operators, for their important commitment to a wildlife conservation centre whose priority is animal welfare; and all the collaborators in the scientific field, for sharing with the Loro Parque team their mission: to protect and conserve animals and their natural habitats for future generations. Just a few months ago, Siam Park, the company’s water park, was recognised as the No. 1 in the world in its category for five years in a row.

Remedial work at Puerto market “nips problem in the bud”

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UÍA de Isora is going to exemplary steps to remember our doggie friends in this scorching hot weather.

The local council has organised a series of alternative leisure activities for pets and their owners during two weekends in September. The activity, entitled “A dip for your pet” will consist of the installation of a swimming pool adapted for dogs in an environment full of activities! The first event has already taken place in the Plaza del Llano de Alcalá but the second is on September 15th and 16th in Playa San Juan, at the beginning of the Emigrante avenue, next to the biosaludable park. The schedule will be from 11am to 8pm with free admission. Councillor for the environment, Francisco Baute, said: “This is an occasion to enjoy a different day with our most loyal friends, in which we can reward the different qualities of dogs. But in addition to a relaxed atmosphere, we also want to highlight the training aspect of the day, encouraging responsible pet ownership and coexistence in public places

between pet owners and residents.” It will be a meeting full of fun for all attendees in which there will also be various contests, exhibitions and workshops related to the world of pets and responsible ownership of them. During the development of the activity, a vet will be present to supervise the safety of the dogs and check that the animals have the corresponding chip and the veterinary card, as an essential requirement to be able to participate in this novel initiative. Those who wish to register must do so on the Facebook page of the ADEPAC Canarias Association. We remind you that in order to avoid conflicts, in days of this nature it is forbidden to bring toys or balls that could be the object of conflict between the dogs and the entry of bitches in heat. Races considered as potentially dangerous dogs (PPP) must be accessed with a muzzle.

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HE municipal market of Puerto de la Cruz is immersed in a reform that will rehabilitate the perimeter pillars and planters, managing to gain two extra metres of corridor and improve the internal and external visibility in the use of the common spaces. The works, which began last week, will end at the beginning of October. Local councillor, Javier González said it had been necessar y to correct the problems of humidity and existing structures caused by the current planters and to tackle a problem that “could go further and seriously affect the structure of the building.” “In addition to solving a

problem, we produce an improvement, since it widens the space of corridors, leaving the area free and creating viewpoints in both directions of the entire space of the central courtyard and thus be able to better distribute the uses thereof,” he added. Puerto’s Mayor Lope Afonso visited the municipal market in the company of the site’s management, the installation

manager and Sr. González to see first-hand the progress made in this action. The nature of the work

allows the normal commercial activity of the market, since the work areas are conveniently fenced and marked.


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OLICE have arrested 31 people in one of the largest op erations against drug trafficking carried out in the Canary Islands.

The group, described as violent and linked to a murder in Gran Canaria, organised daily hashish shipments from the coast of Morocco and then distributed it across the islands, getting the drugs on to the streets “within minutes”. More than three tons of hashish was seized, together with more than 100,000 euros in cash, two recreational boats, several high-end vehicles and a large number of effects related to criminal activity. Police estimate that the gang imported about ten tons of hash a year. Shipments were intercepted in the fishing port of San Cristóbal in Gran Canaria and Garachico in Tenerife. On another occasion, 400 kilograms of hashish was seized just before it was due to be distributed in Santa Cruz. Of the 31 people arrested, 23 were in Gran Canaria and eight in Tenerife.

REFUGE SUPPORT

N my short visit home last month, autumn was definitely in the air. There was that slight chill in the early morning and although it was still warm enough in the evenings to have supper outside, we finished eating it in the dark. For me, a defining characteristic of the end of summer has always been the arrival of the first blackberries. Because my birthday falls in late August (August 19th, since you ask) I have many memories of going into the countryside to pick the early blackberries as part of what we did around that time. Later on, looking for blackberries became a feature of our camping holidays in France, when we would cook the fruit on a tiny gas cooker and eat them with fresh yogurt. A first sign of autumn and our imminent return to home and school. On Twitter I have noticed people getting sentimental about this other aspect of autumn as well. Remember those newly sharpened pencils and pristine exercise books? And because I have spent most of my life in a university city,

autumn for me also means the arrival of young people in our city, enjoying their new surroundings, excited and probably slightly daunted by what lies ahead. Churches too have their “new term” tradition. It’s a time to welcome new people arriving (or coming back) into our midst. And it’s a time when we look ahead and plan for the major events of autumn and winter: harvest, Remembrance Sunday and of course Christmas. At All Saints we have already had our first autumn car boot sale. The next one will be on the first Saturday in October (October 6th), closely followed by our harvest festival celebrations on Sunday 14th, which will be followed by an informal lunch. Do come along. And look out for publicity about a new midweek service starting in October:

more details next time. At this time of year the worldwide church also marks “Creation season”, which runs from 1 September to 4 October. This is a period set aside to worship God as Creator and to pray for our natural world and for solutions to the environmental crisis caused by climate change. We will be doing this in our Wednesday morning services throughout the month. A reminder of service times: Sundays, 9.30 am (a quiet traditional service of Holy Communion) and 11.00 am (our main sung Communion service); Wednesdays, 10.00 am (Holy Communion). A final note: my landline has been faulty for some time and has now given up completely. If you need to be in touch please send me an email which I will pick up immediately on my smartphone. Chaplain: The Revd Dr Paula Clifford Tel: 922 38 40 38; Email: paulaclifford4@gmail.com

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E are always looking for people who would like to walk the dogs, a great and enjoyable way to improve the quality of their lives whilst they are in our care.

Please do call the refuge on 664321219 between the hours of 8am -17.00 if you can help in any way. We are always in need of tinned dog food for our older dogs blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, and collars and leads. If you have any of the above to spare, they would be very much appreciated at the refuge or visit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 14.00-17.00pm and Saturdays 13.00- 16.00. We are situated directly under the Eolica Parque exit 52 on the TF1 north bound which is after the after the El Medano junction. Head for the giant windmills on the coast and we are the buildings on the right hand side or email the refuge at teneriffa@aktiontier.org or visit our Facebook page ,action tier Accion del SOL

Lovely pets

We have again been inundated with abandoned Podencos with the hunting season in full swing. These dogs do make lovely pets. They often arrive at our refuge in awful conditions and emaciated but with lots of tlc, veterinary care and good food they soon flourish in our care.

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Company accountancy (at our office or yours). Settlement of taxes (IRPF, societies, non-residents). Company constitution: (mercantile register). Representation of any kind of employment. Tax and accounting inspection. Settlement of estates (inheritance tax). Procedures for the transfer of vehicles. Contracts for renting houses, business premises, etc… Insurances: car, home, etc….

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Our house, our refuge, our Complaints from Gran castle ... in short, our home those things. Although in many cases the sentimental value is higher than the economic one, the best advice is to add all the important items in the content to secure them.

Canaria lead to fraud investigation

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OT everyone knows that taking out a home policy is not mandatory except when the house is mortgaged. That is the only situation that requires a person to have a policy that protects their home in Spain. However, it is worth saying that, although it is not mandatory, it is advisable and necessary to be prepared for any eventuality. Our home is our most precious asset and if we want to avoid surprises and unforeseen events, it is important to get an insurance that gives us the peace of mind knowing that whatever happens in our home there will be someone who is responsible for solving it. The first thing you should know is that you do not have to contract your home insurance with the entity that is granting you the mortgage but you can compare prices in the market and hire the product that provides the coverage that best suits your needs. Until a couple of years ago, banking entities could condition their mortgage lending with an “obligation” to contract some linked products, such as the Home insurance. But now, with the approval by the European Parliament of the Mortgage Credit Directive, banks are prohibited by law from linking a mortgage to the purchase of insurance. Your insurance company might include a clause in your policy registering your lending bank as mortgage beneficiary, to cope with the request of the bank. Then, the key question is,

what is the best insurance for my house? In this article we give you the keys so that you can make the best decision when taking out your home policy insurance.

The value of the building There are two criteria to assess a home insurance policy: the building and Contents. The ‘Building’ section of your policy refers to the costs of rebuilding your home, not to the market value or the cadastral value. However, it is of key importance to declare the whole size of the property, according to the cadastral property details.

The value of the contents The ‘Contents’ section of your policy refers to economic valuation of all the household goods: furniture, including kitchen furniture, electronic devices, musical instruments, jewelry or other objects of special value. Check that the imputed valued of the content can cover the value of all

Besides worrying about the Building and the Contents, there are other very interesting and useful covers to consider that not all insurance companies offer. Liberty Seguros is offering among others the following great covers: • Up to 1000€ compensation for the additional water consumption costs due to water leakage when you take out their premium home policy. • An unrivalled DIY Service, to avoid the hassle of assembling packed furniture, fitting curtain poles, hanging pictures, etc. • Damage to your garden furniture, even it has been damaged by adverse weather conditions. • Your goods will be insured on a “value as new basis”. • Legal defence, claims for damages and IT assistance service. • Home assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with just a simple and FREE telephone call on 900 243 65, in English or German. • A return ticket to your home in Spain if you are abroad in your home country should an unforeseen claim happen. Apart from all these advantages, Liberty Seguros has an extensive network of over 300 brokers and agents that are dedicated to providing unbiased, friendly and expert advice, because every home is different and such an important decision deserves a face to face chat with a professional insurance advisor, in your own language, to discuss the most suitable cover for your home in the sun. With insurance, not only for home, but also car, life, pet, business, commercial, leisure, public liability and personal injur y, Liberty Seguros is considered by far, the expat’s number one choice in Spain today. To find out more visit www.libertyexpatriates.es or simply call 91 342 25 49.

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OLICE in Gran Canaria have been involved in neutralising an international organisation based in the Balearic Islands and Malaga dedicated to defrauding foreign citizens. The investigation was carried out within the framework of Operation Bankok and was in two phases. It has concluded with the investigation of five people, two Spaniards, one Austrian, one British and one German, the intervention of 20 bank accounts and the recovery of more than 15,000 euros. The investigation was initiated by the complaint of the victims in dependencies of the Civil Guard of Puerto RicoMogán informing that during the years 2014 and 2015 they had made different transfers to Spanish bank accounts in terms of payments and public taxes for the bankruptcy of a timeshare located in Austria. The organisation, which consisted of 20people from up to seven different nationalities, identified themselves as officials of the Spanish Justice Administration, claiming these fees, using falsified public documents. In the first phase, the complaint was verified, proving that the victims had made numerous transfers to Spanish bank accounts worth 20,000 euros. These accounts were located in Palma de Mallorca and Malaga and

most of their holders were foreigners with criminal records, some with national and foreign judicial claims. The study and analysis of their accounts revealed the existence of a perfectly structured criminal organisation. In this regard, its members had developed a banking framework that allowed them to constantly move the money defrauded, preventing it from being

quickly intervened by the Security Forces and dispose of it easily. The research was developed over three years due to the complexity of its infrastructure and number of members of different nationalities, reaching more than half a million euros. In the same vein, the international collaboration of the Interpol offices in Bulgaria, Austria, Serbia and Germany has been necessary for the identification and location of those investigated. The investigation continues open and more arrests are possible.

WELCOME BOOST

Volotea to offer new routes from Lanzarote to France

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HE low-cost Spanish airline Volotea is opening three new routes between Lanzarote and France.

Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulouse will join this winter as new connections to the existing one with Nantes. Councillor for tourism promotion of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Ángel Vázquez (PP), said: “This news is of great importance not only because it is another example of the confidence that the airlines are demonstrating with our destination but because within our strategy of diversification of the markets, French tourism is one of our main bets. “ The three new connections between the airport of Guacimeta and the Gallic country are added to the existing one with Nantes, inaugurated last November. Managing director of Tourism Lanzarote, Hector Fernandez said the French tourist had a high potential spending at their destination and fitted the island’s model of sustainability and gastronomy, as well as enjoying numberous sports and leisure activities. As with Nantes, the new connections will have a weekly frequency, specifically on Saturdays. They will be operational between December 22nd and March 9th.


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RECOVERY PLAN

Expert climbers called in to help with giant lizard transfers T HE giant lizard once thought to be a legend is alive and well on La Gomera although experts concede there is still much more to be done.

The fantastic creatures are surviving again two decades after they were “discovered” on the cliff of La Mérica in Valle Gran Rey by university professors. President of the Cabildo de La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo said all the time and resources spent during these years had been well worth the effort because “it has allowed us to safeguard a species that was believed extinct and that has now been recovered from gradual form with the commitment of many people involved.” The project has been carried out in stages over the last 20 years until the present situation where the lizards are being reintroduced to their natural habitat. This is considered to be the most complicated but there is already a population in the Interpretation Centre and in the places where they have been deposited of around 400 specimens, almost the same as the one that is supposed to survive in the cliff of the Merica “When the 20th anniversary

Cannabis farm found on El Hierro

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HE Civil Guard arrested two men after the discovery of a marijuana plant on the island of El Hierro.

of the ‘discover y ’ of this species is about to be fulfilled, it can be concluded that the results are, in general, positive,” said a Cabildo spokesman. Those responsible for the task of getting this species out of the list of the most threatened on the planet face multiple difficulties, which makes their efforts and successes doubly worthwhile. One complication is the abrupt orography of La Gomera where there is a scarcity of flat places, where this species survived until they were expelled by human occupation and predators. One fossil of a lizard shows it measure one metre and twenty centimetres and was almost 50 years old, compared to the current forty centimetres. From the Ministr y of Territory Development it is clear that the reintroductions must be carried out in steep

enclaves, difficult to access, outside the influence of rats, cats and birds, natural enemies of the giant lizard. To transfer the specimens to the cliffs, authentic sanctuaries of the species, it is necessary to count on the collaboration of expert climbers. At present, the Government of the Canar y Islands is working on the preparation of the new Recover y Plan, whose first version dates back to 2006 and has been in need of revision for some time. In the text, special emphasis is placed on reintroduction work. From La Gomera, it is expected that the original population located in La Mérica will be followed shortly, where in 2009 a group was found that ranged between 200 and 400 individuals. This time it will be a wider survey of this space, so it is not unreasonable to suspect that there will be more examples located.

SUBMERGED SCULPTURES

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HE fantastic Atlantic Museum in Lanzarote which features incredible sculptures under the sea now has a new booking office.

The kiosk is attached to the Castillo de Las Coloradas in Playa Blanca. Information is also available about the the castle itself. The island’s Cabildo says these premises are brighter, more accessible and more visible and are at the bay of Las Coloradas, where the sculptures created by Jason deCaires Taylor are submerged. It is also hoped to provide a new exhibition space at the castle.

They discovered more than 200 marijuana plants on a finca in La Frontera during an organised raid. The property was already under investigation when the two men, aged 42 and 66, were spotted at the port of Los Cristianos, having arrived on the ferry. Both face prosecution for a crime against public health and another of belonging to a criminal group. Police said the men,

residents of La Frontera, showed signs of extreme nerves when they spotted Civil Guard officers. They were searched and 2,511 grams of marijuana were found inside a rucksack. It was later verified that the drugs came from the plantation under investigation and a raid was carried out a few days later. The 234 plants were found in different stages of growth, 79 in an indoor

nursery and 155 planted in the annexed farm. Police also seized several plants already dried and separated in buds, as well as leaves that were in an indoor and outdoor dryer, all of them with a total weight of approximately six kilograms. In addition, a compressed air rifle was confiscated, which lacked the corresponding authorisation for its possession in Spain, as well as other effects related to the indoor and outdoor cultivation of marijuana.


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Viewpoint network gives thematic tour of La Gomera

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HE network of viewpoints on La Gomera has renewed its image.

Thirty information panels are being placed throughout the island as part of a project promoted by the Cabildo’s Ministry of Tourism. President, Casimiro Curbelo said that these new panels are “an open window into history, the natural and cultural heritage of La Gomera.” For this reason, he highighted the explanations the panels incorporate with specific references to the laurisilva, the sea of clouds, the archaeological wealth or the terraces, turning these spaces into “a thematic tour through the corners of the island.” Sr. Curbelo stressed the

importance of providing the network with informative tools that are capable of introducing visitors to those aspects that make La Gomera “a unique territory”. “These places are the most visited places on the island and, therefore, these elements become strategic points to provide information to touists,” he said. Tourism councillor, María Isabel Méndez explained that the panels installed add a new map of viewpoints that incorporates QR technology which allows access to an interactive platform made in Google Maps and that allows

the expansion of information, together with the location of each viewpoint. This is one of the novelties of this project, since it facilitates the visit to the entire network of viewpoints from the

interactive map created on the Tourism website of La Gomera. In addition, it allows the visitor to have access to more audiovisual material by presenting additional images to those shown in the panels.

BOAT DEPARTURES

People smugglers caught in Ideas sought to mark César the act in Mauritania

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EOPLE traffickers were caught in the act as they prepared to smuggle a number of Africans from Mauritania to the Canary Islands in small boats.

The four men were getting ready for the dangerous journey that same day. They had with them eleven drums containing 70 litres of fuel each, together with groceries, bottled water and clothing to protect them from the cold. The investigation was led by a special squad established in 2008 to combat the criminal networks dedicated to human trafficking that operate in the northwest of Mauritania and that encourage the massive departure of canoes to the Canar y archipelago. It also highlights that its commissioning allowed “a drastic reduction” of the departure of cayucos during the months after the equipment came into operation and these “excellent results” were maintained over the following years, so that in the last three years, only a single canoe from Mauritania has reached Spanish coasts. Nonetheless, attempts to exit clandestine maritime expeditions continue regularly, so the ECI conducts joint preventive patrolling in the areas of potential outlets of canoes to the Canary Islands. It also obtains operational information aimed at the investigation and subsequent dismantling of the illegal immigration networks operating in the area and the Spanish agents provide technical support to the Mauritanian police stationed at the border posts in their work of control and verification of identity documents, passports and travel documents carried by travellers.

Manrique milestone

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N April 24th, 2019, it will be 100 years since the birth of César Manrique, the most illustrious artist and one of the key figures of the socioeconomic change that Lanzarote experienced during the last century. To commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the “Favourite Son of Lanzarote”, there will be a programme of official events next year linked to him. The public have been asked to make suggestions and to date, 173 proposals have been received (160 projects and 13 ideas), registered through the web www.manrique100.org. The Cabildo has extended the deadline for submission of

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Fatal crash in Fuerteventura

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69-year-old man died as a result of a road crash in Fuerteventura.

The accident happened on the FV-2 at the roundabout of Nuevo Horizonte in the municipality of Antigua just before 6pm. The Civil Guard, Canary Emergency Service and Emergency Group of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura were all called to the scene following a report that two vehicles had collided and its occupants needed medical assistance. On man was found to be in cardiorespiratory arrest and died despite prolonged efforts to save him. Another person was slighly injured in the accident.

projects and ideas until October 11th and is involving schools as well. Similarly, all those who have already registered their proposals but wish to make improvements to continue working may also take advantage of this extension, recording their project again. Organisers are seeking projects and creative ideas that have direct or allegorical relationship with the figure of César Manrique and that fall within the following categories: History and Education, Art, Culture and Tourism or activities to be developed specifically during the commemorative week will take place from April 22nd to May 4th, 2019. After a selection process, the chosen projects will become part of the official acts of the centennial # Manrique100. Those interested in obtaining more information on all the news about this event of a public nature can access it through the web www.manrique100.org or social networks of the centenary: @ Manrique100 on Facebook and @ Manrique_100 on Instagram and Twitter.


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Air capacity for Canaries bouncing back after Monarch demise The Canary Islands expect an increase in regular air capacity of 9.1 per cent this winter.

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HE forecasts indicate 711,000 additional seats, distributed between 480,000 for international tourism and 230,000 for the peninsular.

Tourism Minister, Isaac Castellano said: “After a summer season where the regular capacity programmed by airlines contracted by 2.4 per cent, this data predicts a positive winter season.” The British market, hit by the bankruptcy of Monarch in October 2017, is recovering, although slowly. “This is demonstrated by the 2.6 per cent increase this winter compared to the same period of the previous year, although the level of connectivity is still six per cent lower than that reached before the problems of this airline,” said Sr. Castellano. “In addition, the uncertainty surrounding an agreement on Brexit before March 30, 2019, with negotiations that do not seem to advance, represent another barrier for airlines to bet on this market, but even so, the sale of tourist packages for this winter grows eleven per cent for the Mediterranean destinations and six per cent for the Canary Islands.” In the case of German tourism, despite the disappearance of Niki in December 2017, numerous airlines are competing to take their place and the programming points to a growth of 12.6 per cent, in part due to the important commitment of companies such as Eurowings. or the newly created Laudamotion. In this sense, the manager of Tourism of the Canary Islands,

María Méndez, indicates that “the interest by other airlines to fill the void left after the bankruptcy of Niki has contributed to the level of connectivity this winter well above that which existed before. However, it is possible that this situation of oversupply becomes unsustainable for the companies themselves in terms of profitability and that therefore, the capacity gradually adjusts to the downside.” French tourism will experience significant progress with an increase of 34 per cent of seats offered, with Easyjet introducing two new routes that will link Fuerteventura with Lyon and Tenerife South with Nice , launched with the support of

ENVIRONMENT DAY

Public appeal during turtle release

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UERTEVENTURA Cabildo supported for another year the organisation of the III Encounter of Environmental Volunteering.

the Flight Development Fund incentives. Volotea has also established new connections between Marseille and Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and from Bordeaux to Lanzarote, along with the opening of seven new Smart Wings routes to Lanzarote , Fuerteventura and Tenerife.

The Russian market shows a growth of 145 per cent, with 31,000 more seats due to the increase in weekly flights connecting Tenerife South with Moscow from Aeroflot, and to the entrance for that same route of the airline S7 Airlines, which is already operational since this summer.

The event was coordinated by the Association of Volunteers of Aid to Nature of Fuerteventura (AvanFuer) and was held under the motto ‘Youth and environment’ in the Youth Hostel of Tefía. On the beach of Jarugo, the young people attended the release of a specimen of loggerhead turtle, collected in front of the islet of Lobos at the end of April with low weight, upper respiratory infection and severe lar ynx and mild conjunctival infections. After its stay at the Marine Turtle Recovery and Conservation

Centre of Morro Jable, the turtle recovered its weight until it reached a normal average of just over 7 kgs. The beach also hosted workshops on traces of sea turtles, identification of cetaceans in the Canar y Islands and marine pollution by plastics, as well as a beach cleaning action, the ‘Fuerteventura free of plastics’. Those present were urged to be responsible citizens and help look after the environment, taking special care not to throw rubbish into the sea or leave it on the beach.

SWIFTER SERVICE

New initiative for Canaries as doctors get ultrasound machines

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HE Canary Islands have joined other regions in Spain, such as Galicia and Madrid, by placing ultrasound machines in primary care cen-

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It is hoped the initiative will help improve and speed up diagnosis and treatment for

patients who might otherwise face a delay in getting appointments at hospital.

Health chiefs have so far installed 57 ecographs, 22 of them in Tenerife, 21 in Gran Canaria, four in Lanzarote, four in Fuerteventura, three in La Palma, two in La Gomera and one in El Hierro. In the second phase of this project, and during the next two years, a large number of family physicians will be trained in the use of this

diagnostic tool. The SCS initiated the pilot project in Gran Canaria, in the Basic Health Zone (ZBS) of Ingenio-Carrizal. Over the last few weeks, all of the echographs assigned to Gran Canaria have been distributed. With this initiative, the Canary Islands joins other autonomous communities such as Andalusia, Extrema-

dura, Galicia and Madrid that have already taken the first steps towards the widespread use of ultrasound in Primary Care. Ultrasound is a technique that is considered as a safe and reliable test for the diagnosis of multiple pathologies present in the general population and is a non-invasive study in which no ionising radiation is used.


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OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS

Health risks of hotel chambermaids gets official recognition

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HE Spanish Government has agreed to formally recognise occupational diseases which hotel chambermaids can suffer from.

The Ministry of Labour, Migrations and Social Security reached the agreement in the Bureau of Quality Employment in Hospitality, “responding to a historical demand of this group of workers.” Recognition will be given in future to a group of occupational diseases related to certain repetitive movements in arms and hands typical of their work. “In order for this agreement to be implemented as soon as possible, the Board has agreed that the General Directorate for the Regulation of Social Security issues a resolution so that the mutuals can apply the recognition immediately, until the modification of the Royal Decree 1299/2006, of November 10, approving the list of occupational diseases in the Social Security System,” a spokesman explained. “This recognition of occupational diseases for the chambermaids responds to a historical demand of this group of workers.” Likewise, the Board will evaluate the inclusion of a complementary list of illnesses suffered by those who provide services in this sector and on whom a professional origin is suspected, such as the dorsal-lumbar, cervical, hernias and others. A practical guide is also being drawn up to assess occupational risks in the hospitality sector, which deals singularly with ergonomic and psychosocial risks (physical and mental burdens). Finally, and with regard to the training of workers in the sector, it has been agreed to set up a working group to analyse and propose measures aimed at their professional qualification and retraining and training in preventive matters.

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“QUALITY REIGNS”

Spanish tourism chiefs look on the bright side despite July’s historic dip

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PANISH tourism chiefs have opted to take a positive rather than negative slant after new figures revealed a major dip in overseas visi-

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The Government is looking on the bright side and prefers to concentrate on increase expenditure and more holidaymakers from within Spain rather than sharing any depression about the historic decrease. Officials say they were expecting this to happen following the resurgence of competing markets such as Egypt and Tunisia which had previously suffered from security issues. During the first seven months of the year, Spain received about 47.1 million international tourists, representing an increase of 0.3 per

cent over the same period of 2017, and its expenditure was 50,691 million euros, three per cent more . This is data from the surveys of Tourist Movements in Border (FRONTUR) and Tourist Expenditure (EGATUR) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics. Secretar y of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver said: “There is a trend towards the normalisation of tourism flows after several years of exceptional growth while spending continues to rise, which indicates that the Government of Spain’s commitment to tourism of quality with the capture of

“Laughing gas” craze in Ibiza leads to police and council action

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OLICE in Ibiza have seized 600,000 euros worth of “laughing gas” during raids in the party resort of Sant Antoni just one day after signalling a crackdown on the dangerous craze. Thousands of capsules of nitrous oxide were seized from three supermarkets, together with a huge batch of dispensers and 7,000 balloons. Members of the Civil Guard said this was “ever ything necessary to inhale the gas” and ready to be sold on to thousands of young holidaymakers, including Brits, who flood the resort each year. Most of the 53,000 capsules were found in one single supermarket. According to the police, the laughing gas kits would have fetched around 600,000 euros on the black market. The operation was carried out just 24 hours after the local council agreed to prohibit the consumption of nitrous oxide on public roads under its new “co-existence” rules. Just a fortnight ago, the Civil Guard and public health officials carried out a similar operation and seized 55,000 capsules in four locations, most of them (about 50,000) in a hardware store. Four people were arrested. Young Brits found inhaling laughing gas from balloons have been warned they face a fine of between 750 and 1,500 euros. Sant Antoni council says the

craze is causing great social alarm in the area and involves “hundreds” of British revellers every day. So far this year, local police have arrested more than 30 people, mostly of Senegalese origin, for selling the nitrous oxide capsules with their balloons and dosing machines. Use of the balloons in the street is now considered a serious breach. According to the Civil Guard, the sale for human consumption of this substance, which is mainly used in confectionery, is a crime against public health in the mode of drug trafficking, since nitrous oxide is also used as an anesthetic in dentistry and, therefore, its consumption is subject to medical prescription. It sale could lead to fines of between 1,500 to 3,000 euros. The new rule prohibits “the sale, promotion, publicity or facilitate access to nitrous oxide in public spaces, as well as the consumption of this substance in the streets or anything similar which could have harmful effects on the people who consume it.” The local council says this is to avoid any problems with coexistence and guarantee

both the protection of health and public safety. Some opposition councillors have expressed doubts about whether a ban on consuming laughing gas in the street is

viable because it is a legal product if used for baking. Owners of the supermarkets raided face prosecution for a crime against public health.

segments like the cosmopolitan one is working.” However, it was the July figures which hit the headlines. During this month, ten million tourists visited Spain but this was an historic dip of 4.9 per cent less and had an expenditure of 11,747 million euros, 0.9 per cent down. The average daily expenditure of tourists grew by 9.5 per cent to 152 euros. Between the main emitting markets of January to July, tourism chiefs stressed the United Kingdom, with the arrival of more than 10.6 million international tourists, Germany, with nearly 6.5 million, and France, with 6.2 million. The most dynamic markets were the United States, with an increase of 11.4 per cent, Portugal (+ 7.5 per cent), the Netherlands (+ 6.3 per cent) and Russia (+ 6 per cent). By national destinations, Catalonia was the main autonomous community, with more than 11 million international visitors, representing a decrease of 2.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. The Canary Islands follow, with more than 7.9 million and a decrease of 2.6

per cent; and the Balearic Islands, with about 7.9 million and a decrease of 0.4 per cent. In the rest of the autonomous communities, the number of international tourists increased in the first seven months of the year, especially in the Community of Madrid, which exceeded the figure of 4 million visitors, five per cent more than in the same period of 2017 The autonomous communities of main destination with the highest total expenditure in the first seven months of the year are Catalonia (with 11,832 million euros, 7.1 per cent more than in the same period of 2017), the Canary Islands (with 9,641 million and an increase of 2.6 per cent) and the Balearic Islands (with 8.161 million and an increase of 0.6 per cent). As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest cumulative expenditure with 10,066 million euros (+ 1.1 per cent). It is followed by Germany with 6,640 million (-3.4 per cent) and the Nordic countriesDenmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden with 4,360 million (+ 4.5 per cent).


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MORE DONATIONS

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HE number of transplants performed worldwide has started to reach cruising speed. At least that is the impression given by the latest figures recorded by the World Transplant Registry, which has been managed by the Spanish National Transplant Organisation for 12 years in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and which puts the total number of organs transplanted around the world last year at 135,860. This figure represents an increase of 7.25% on the previous year (126,670). Of that total, 89,823 were kidney transplants (40.2% live-donor), 30,352 were liver transplants (19.8% live-donor), 7,626 were heart transplants, 5,497 were lung transplants, 2,342 were pancreas transplants and 220 were intestinal transplants. These transplants were made possible thanks to 34,096 deceased donors. This compares with a little over 31,000 in the previous year and represents an increase of 3.3%. These were joined by 42,154 live donors (36,125 live-donor kidney transplants, 6,012 livedonor liver transplants and 17

live-donor lung transplants). Spain, with 2,183 donors and 5,261 organs transplanted in 2017, once again reaffirms its global leadership for the 26th year running, with a rate of donors per million population (p.m.p.) of 47. The World Registry data also reflect Spain’s increasing contribution to total organ donation worldwide: Spain accounted for 19.2% of all organ donations in the European Union last year and 6.4% of worldwide donations, despite the fact that Spain only accounts for 9.1% of the total European population and 0.6% of the global population.

The World Transplant Registry now includes information on gender in its database. According to the figures in 2017 on 57 countries, six out of ten live-donor kidney transplants and four out of ten live-donor liver transplants came from women. Those EU countries that have implemented the Spanish transplant model in whole or in part, such as Croatia, France, Italy and Portugal,

continue to lead the ranking in terms of organ donor rates. As regards the waiting list, data from the World Registry put the number of European patients waiting for a transplant at 31 December at 56,399. According to the same data, ten patients died every day last year in the European Union while waiting for a transplant. As was the case in the previous year, this is a slight decrease.

LATVIA CONNECTION

Massive seizure of 1.3 million euros worth of contraband tobacco

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NE of the biggest seizures in Spain of contraband tobacco, valued at more than 1,300,000 euros, has resulted in 14 arrests.

Another six people are being investigated and nine raids have been carried out in various homes and industrial buildings. Three of the detainees were employees of a parcel agency involved in the

SUSPECTS ESCAPE

Drug smugglers threw hash bundles into sea

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total of 2,332 kilos of hashish was seized in Algeciras, Cadiz during a joint operation between the Spanish Tax Agency and Civil Guard as part of the efforts to combat drug smuggling operations in Campo de Gibraltar. The operation was launched when aerial Customs Surveillance units on patrol over the Strait of Gibraltar detected various semi-rigid boats sailing without lights and carrying a significant number of bundles similar to those usually used to smuggle hashish. The boats were sailing towards the coast in the municipality of Algeciras where 15 people were waiting with the intention of unloading the illicit cargo. The aerial surveillance subsequently confirmed that the bundles were being unloaded, which led to the swift dispatch of a helicopter unit. Upon noticing the presence of police and Customs Surveillance officers, the drug smugglers

rapidly fled the scene and abandoned the cargo they were unloading. Guardia Civil officers arrived in the area minutes later. Together with the Customs Surveillance patrol boats, they searched the area and recovered a total of 71 bundles of hashish weighing a total of 2,332 kilos that had been abandoned as they fled. The difficult terrain in the area and existing vegetation prevented the arrest of any smugglers. However the operation remains ongoing and the possibility of future arrests has not been discarded. A subsequent search by air, sea and land was also conducted.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

Boost of confidence for Spanish economy

criminal organisation. Police say the gang used chemicals without any type of sanitary control to improve the taste and smell of the tobacco. The operation was carried out under the banner of “CAMOTE”, jointly developed by the Civil Guard and the Tax Agency. Eleven of those arrested were of Spanish and Cuban nationalities, aged between 28 and 58 years, whilst the other six are of Spanish nationality aged between 19 and 56. The raids were carried out in different municipalities of Valencia and Seville, with 19,000 kilograms of tobacco being discovered, in addition to machines for the manufacture of tobacco products and heavy machinery for drying of the tobacco as well as sacks that contained chemical substances for their use in the elaboration of the final product. Likewise, four vehicles,

10,000 euros in cash, numerous documents related to the crimes investigated, computer equipment and a detonating weapon were seized. The operation began in November last year, when police learned of the existence of a criminal organisation that was introducing large consignments of illegal tobacco from Latvia. It was distributed throughout Spain and Portugal, through parcel companies or through direct sales. The detainees are accused of the crime of smuggling tobacco, crimes against public finances, money laundering, public health, documentary falsification and belonging to a criminal organisation.

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HE Japanese agency R&I has raised the credit rating of the Kingdom of Spain from BBB to A, with a stable outlook.

The agency considers that Spain’s improved rating is justified by the upward trend of the Spanish economy. It also points out that the pro-European stance of the government means that it is expected that progress will continue to be made on fiscal consolidation. In its report, R&I also stresses the downward trend of the debt/ GDP ratio, as well as the resilience of the Spanish economy to potential changes in the economic environment and hence forecasts continued economic growth. Lastly, the Japanese agency does not consider the upward revision of the deficit reduction path to be significant, provided it continues its downward trend.


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“MAGNIFICENT CONDITION”

Historic papers seized minutes before auction

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GENTS of the National Police have recovered in Jerez de la Frontera a set of seven documents of historical value dated in the year 1937 which were due to go to auction to the highest bidder. The documents date back to the Spanish Civil War and by law are considered state property. The investigation is based on a complaint by the Directorate General of Fine Arts and Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, who obtained the first indications that these documents were being circulated and sold. The agents of the National Police located the documents in the city of Cadiz and proceeded to intervene before the auction took place, as they were publicly written and had a significant historical value. In addition, the police identified the person allegedly involved in the auction attempt, who is in the condition of being investigated in the police report that has already been made available to the Judicial Authority of First Instance. The set of documents are said to be in a magnificent state of conservation and reflect the efforts carried out by the famous architect D. Francisco Hernández Rubio y Gómez (Jerez 18591950), recognised as one of the fundamental Andalusian protagonists in the evolution of Spanish architecture at the turn of the century and father of modernism in Andalusia. At that time, he was the Official Curator of the Monastery of the Cartuja de Santa María de Jerez, better known as La Cartuja de Jerez, which was declared the most important monumental complex in the province of Cádiz. In 1937 the monastery had already been proclaimed National Historic Artistic Monument. In the documents, the architect denounced to the authorities of the time the damage that the architectural complex was suffering, mainly located in what at the time was the Stallion Depot located immediately adjacent to the walls of the monastery. The letters and complaints of Mr. Francisco Hernández Rubio,

addressed to the governors, both civilian and military at the time, demanded that the military commanders take action on the matter to stop the damages that were being caused and repair the ones already produced.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Balearics to get tough on cars, planes and boats

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ALLORCA and Ibiza have pledged to take a tough stance on pollution from cars, planes and boats as part of a pioneering bid to become 100 per cent energy efficient in 2050.

The Balearic Government has also announced new tighter controls on rental vehicles who will be forced to start introducing electric cars on a phased basis, two per cent by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2035. In addition, all private and business cars using diesel will be banned by 2025, followed ten years later by a veto on cars and vans which run on petrol. The only exception will be vehicles already on the islands “with a useful life left”. The new climate change bill, described as a “leader” in Spain and Europe, will also give towns or tourist resorts the right to limit cars if the local

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council believes they are causing too much pollution and affecting air quality. Power plants on the islands will also close progressively from 2020, solar panels will be installed in large car parks and

Cocaine stuffed into scooped-out pineapples

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GENTS of the National Police seized 67 kilos of cocaine hidden inside hollow pineapples and arrested seven people in Madrid and Barcelona.

new buildings, all businesses will have to record their carbon footprint by 2020 and all public lighting will have to be of low consumption. Government officials have described the proposals as “courageous” but say they are desperately needed to combat climate change and are inspired by the Paris Agreements. Once approved by the Balearic Parliament, it will become the first law on climate change and energy transition in the Balearic Islands. “It is a bill with a leading content in the fight against climate change and paves the way to making the transition to clean energy,” said a Government spokesman. “It is a leading law in the state and also European, which places the Balearic Islands at the forefront with courageous measures towards 100 per cent clean islands in 2050.” The aim is to free the islands of fossil fuels and have 100 per cent renewable energy in 2050. By 2030 the forecasts are 35

per cent renewable, a 23 per cent reduction in energy consumption and a 40 per cent reduction in polluting emissions. Cars will be one of the main targets as the Balearic Government says 35 per cent of CO2 emissions in the islands come from road traffic. It is planned to create 1,000 charging points for electric vehicles in 2025. Car rental companies will have to provide detailed records and will be given a badge if their fleet is zero emissions. Discussions will also take place with the Spanish Government measures to reduce the pollution of ships, such as the declaration of ECA zones (areas where limits are established for the gas emissions of ships) , together with the definition of the minimum criteria regarding emissions and air quality, which vessels in the vicinity of the Balearics will have to comply with. There will be a similar approach to air transport.

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Kings and queens ‘ISABELLA II’, c.1845

N Santa Cruz the Museo de Bellas Artes in Calle Jose Murphy, next to the Plaza del Principe, houses a collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 16th century to the 19th century, together with small displays of modern work. The subjects of the paintings, many of which are by notable Canarian artists, are, of course, varied. The ones that appeal most to me are the old landscapes and drawings of bygone Tenerife - but I digress the theme of this article is ‘monarchy’. There are four paintings of Spanish monarchs in the gallery, three of which are portraits, while the fourth also tells a story. Like all portraits, in themselves they have a limited general appeal unless you know something about the people you’re looking at, so I did a bit of digging around and I’m able to shed a little bit of light on all four of them.

‘ALFONSO X – DIOSCORO TEOFILO PUEBLA’ (also called ‘Alfonso X el Sabio y la Astronomica’), 1881 Don Alfonso el Sabio, or ‘The Wise’, reigned from 1252 to 1284. In economical terms his reign was a disaster through his continually spending money and demanding taxes. Politically, although he defeated the Moors, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to acquire the crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the throne of Gascony, he also tried to gain control over the adjoining independent kingdom of Navarre. In Spanish domestic politics he tried to curb the power of the nobility, which they naturally resented. However, history remembers Alfonso X mainly for his patronage of culture. Everything from law, to history, to chess, to the use of vernacular Spanish interested him, and as the patron of the Toledo School of Translators he encouraged the compilation of the first general history of Spain and the translation of classical works by Jewish and Islamic scholars. In this painting we see his interest in astronomy and astrology, for which he is best known. Twenty men are in deep discussion around the king, some of them are using the scientific devices of the day, the astrolabe, a globe of the night sky and a model of the solar system as it was believed to be then, while scribes sit on either side of Alfonso to record the proceedings. Astrology was regarded as one of the sciences of the day and one man is seen to be studying an isolated sunbeam as it moves along a chart of the zodiac. These seminars resulted in a set of tables that were used to compute the position of the sun, the moon and the planets in relation to the fixed stars. The tables were popular for 300 years and were often updated; they were called Alfonsine Tables after King Alfonso. He also wrote poetry and treatises about chemistry and philosophy. Perhaps being a king got in the way of what he really wanted to do.

‘ALFONSO XII’, 1875

The reign of King Alfonso XII began after the six years of political chaos that followed the expulsion of his mother Queen Isabella II in 1868. She was replaced at first by a short-lived republic and then by an experiment with a ‘neutral’ king, called in from Savoy in Italy. But King Amadeo I never stood a chance with the Spanish people, who sarcastically nicknamed him ‘King Macaroni’. Alfonso’s reign was one of recovering economic prosperity and political stability that experimented, in theory at least, with constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, but which in reality turned out to be a corrupt sham. Alfonso came to the throne in December 1874 at the age of seventeen, having returned to Spain after an education in Vienna and England, where he had been a cadet at Sandhurst. He was a young man, he was popular with the people, he had the rare gift of a social conscience, and, rarely for a Spanish monarch of those times, he was his own man, he was not influenced by cliques, nobles or powerful politicians. In short, he was a king who was full of promise. Sadly the promise was never fulfilled, Alfonso died tragically young in 1885, aged only 27. He had suffered from tuberculosis, then called ‘consumption’, but the immediate cause of death was dysentery. In El Museo de las Bellas Artes his portrait looks across the gallery to his first wife, Maria de las Mercedes.

‘MARIA DE LAS MERCEDES’, 1878

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Born in 1860 at the royal palace in Madrid, Maria de las Mercedes of Orleans was the first wife of King Alfonso XII. She was the niece of Queen Isabella II and when Isabella was expelled in 1868 Maria’s family had to go with her. When the family returned to Spain, Maria and young Alfonso began a romance that resulted in their marriage in 1878, when she was seventeen years old. This was the year and probably the occasion

for Maria’s portrait. Soon there was joyful news that Maria was pregnant, but sadly, only a few months later her pregnancy miscarried and Maria died of typhoid two days after her eighteenth birthday. Her marriage to Alfonso had lasted only six months. Maria de las Mercedes died tragically young, too young to make an impression on the history of Spain. But during her brief ascendency she was a driving force behind the construction of the cathedral of Almudera in Madrid, which was begun in 1879 and not finished until 1993.

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When it came to living the high life, Queen Isabella was in a league of her own. She was born in 1830, the only child of Ferdinand VII who died in 1833 leaving her mother as regent. In 1843 at thirteen years old Isabella was declared to be of age and eligible to reign in her own right. As a very young queen, in the portrait painted around 1845 when she was fifteen, Isabella is a not an unpleasant-looking young woman, she is pictured standing in front of the Spanish throne with the crown and sceptre on a table by her right hand. On the face of it, as a teenager she could be compared to Queen Victoria when she first came to the throne, but their careers as queens diverged to be poles apart. Like Victoria in her later life, Isabella became plain and fat, but unlike Victoria, Isabella was openly criticised for her coarse appearance and ‘common’ demeanour, and she was anything but virtuous. Due to her upbringing at court Isabella was politically ignorant, or innocent depending on how you look at it, and she came under the influence of the reactionaries. Her reign was one of political instability, with swings between progress and reaction, with an attempted revolution in 1854. Added to this she had a habit of interfering personally in politics and eventually she only managed to stay on the throne with the support of the army. Her private life was interesting. She was married in 1846 to her first cousin Francisco de Assisi, who was rumoured to be impotent and homosexual. The rumours were almost certainly true, because Isabella soon embarked on a series of affairs, which is surprising given her unattractive appearance, but then she was the queen. She became notorious for these affairs and it was rumoured that few, if any, of her nine children were actually fathered by her husband. In addition to all this were her dubious financial dealings. By 1868 Spain had had enough of Isabella’s scandalous “bigoted and licentious” ways, so she was banished and she went to France live out her life in exile. And there we have it, in El Museo de las Bellas Artes, not counting Maria, we have three different monarchs, three very different people who show us that kings and queens are human too.


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Statistics, statistics, statistics...but what is reality for Puerto?

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Y this time last year, everyone in the town hall team was gung ho about the ever increasing visitor numbers.

It seemed like almost every other week there was a press release telling everybody about what a great job they were doing. We were bombarded almost on a daily basis by ever improving statistics to back this up. So what has changed this year? There has been no change at the town hall; the same team are still doing the same jobs, yet it has been ominously quiet. Perhaps they are not working quite so diligently on our behalf. Perhaps visitor numbers this year are no longer climbing; in fact year to date they appear to be fairly static, if not just a little in decline. Perhaps the town hall has realised that the exceptional increase in visitor numbers last year was not solely a direct result of their sterling work, but that external forces outside of Puerto de la Cruz had quite a significant impact on them. If they hadn’t realised, I can’t think why, it was fairly obvious. I am not a fan of statistics; they are after all just playing around with the numbers until you end up with a positive result. So I have been quite pleased that following the glut of 2017 there has been a virtual dearth of them in 2018, at least until now. Desperate, I am sure; to have the opportunity for a bit of positive spin they have recently released some cherry picked figures, which even so still don’t sound too convincing. I will only use the percentages if I need to to get my message across; otherwise I will ignore them if only because they are boring. Hotel occupancy figures are higher for Puerto de la Cruz this year than any other part of the island. That sounds ok, doesn’t it? Yet how does this compare with last year? Of course, they don’t say, I wonder why. Overnight stays have increased, which in turn has raised the average stay from 7.19 days in 2017 to 7.45 days in 2018. This is, of course, exactly where just number crunching statistics makes you to leave the realms of reality. You can’t stay 0.45 days in a hotel; at least I don’t think you can, I have never heard of hotels in Puerto de la Cruz renting rooms by the hour, perhaps some of them do. And the time spent waiting in the bar for the airport coach to pick you up doesn’t count either. So in real terms, the average stay in 2017, rounded down, was 7 days and the average stay in 2018, rounded down, is 7 days, not really worth shouting about.

Less Brits I did read somewhere that they were expecting less Brits this year, but then we are a fickle lot, so unpredictable, and are just as likely to go where the £ buys more, and unfortunately at the moment that is anywhere that doesn’t have the €. Still this is a trend, they have said, one they are looking to reverse by attending the world tourism fair in London in November. And why not, that’s what I say, there is nothing like a bit of a ‘jolly’ at the tax payer’s expense, and they should make the most of it with local elections looming, for some of them it might be their last chance. How do you think they will try and sell Puerto to the travel savvy Brits? ‘Come to Puerto de la Cruz, we almost have a bus station, it has only taken 10 years since we closed the last one.’ Still, they did say they weren’t too concerned in the drop in British numbers as the increase in visitors from the mainland would more than take up the slack, but are they of better calibre. British visitors to Tenerife are the biggest spenders per capita than any other nationality whereas the increase in the Spanish numbers appears to consist mainly of pensioners on state subsidised holidays. You know the sort I mean, one cortado and four glasses of tap water, dipping in their bags for snacks when the waiter isn’t looking. Good for heads on pillows and those all important occupancy figures but not so great for the rest of the businesses in the town, but since when has the town hall any concern for them.

Austrian visitors? Another press release just about worthy of a mention, this one from a few months ago, in which it was announced 4000 Austrians would be visiting Puerto de la Cruz over the ensuing three months. At least, I think it was Austrians; it could hardly have been Australians, could it? No, or else I’d have been sure to have head ‘G’day Cobber’ somewhere in the town. I am joking of course, the likelihood of it being ‘Aussies’ is about the same as that of anyone believing the figure quoted. I am always very wary of round numbers with a lot of zeros, unless, of course someone is offering to pay me, another joke unfortunately.. They always smack of ‘guesstimation’ to me, just one step away from advertiser jargon, like ‘from’ and ‘up to.’ However, we are used to social media posts in Puerto de la Cruz with exaggerated figures, more usually at times of fiestas though,

when attendance figures are often quoted as being somewhere in the region of everyone on the island at that particular time plus a few thousand extra just for good measure. So, I wonder how many Austrians actually visited within that three month period, we may never know, somewhere between 1 and 4000 would be my best guess.

Giant signs Remember ‘Puerto de la Cruz, parte de ti’, old news now, last year’s slogan as it were, but worth another mention especially as it has recently been resurrected in the form of giant signs placed at strategic locations throughout the town. Perhapsthey are a reminder to the town’s residents of what it’s meant to mean. ‘Puerto de la Cruz, part of you’, so what does it mean? At its launch it was said to be twofold, to make visitors feel as if they are in a home from home, and secondly more importantly, to encourage residents to become the town’s greatest ambassadors. Basically we were all to be one big happy ‘Puerto de la Cruz’ family. How could they get it so wrong? An idea that is already tarnished, much like the new signs soon will be. I am very surprised that this slogan was ‘re-launched’ and the signs erected so late in this council’s tenure, there’s confidence for you, however misplaced it may be, because I’m not sure if it’s going to prove a vote winner. They should have come up with something new, something original , something everyone could rally behind , something to show the citizens how must they value their opinions, something to show how much they care, both about the residents and about the town. It is a bit of a tall order I know, especially given the administration’s poor result in the recently published island wide 2017 league table of Transparency. I won’t embarrass them with their position, but, just to give you an idea, if they were in the premier league they’d be struggling to stay up. If the top municipality’s windows are crystal clear, then by comparison the windows in Puerto’s town hall are darkly tinted, verging on opaque. They might be able to see out, but you are not allowed to see in.

Bus station Just to finish a quick mention on the new bus station. It may not look like it, yet work continues at a pace, so much so, the builders have confirmed the station will be finished in April 2019. Or, at least, the town hall has announced that the builders are confident of finishing in April, which might not be quite the same thing. If this deadline is met, it will be just in time for the publicity photos to taken before the local elections, and you can bet anyone who thinks they are important will be there, with their hard hat on if needed. I have been keenly watching the bus station project and a layman though I may be, even I can see by the amount of steel reinforcing they are putting in the concrete it will stand up to the test of time far better than the last one.

Sorry, not quite finished yet. By the time you read this the calle San Juan remodelling project should have started right in the centre of Puerto, so expect mayhem and disruption, still it will give me something to write about in later editions.


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FILM CLUB THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 - THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY Based on the best-selling novel, Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the German occupation of the island during WWII. With an all-star cast comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart. Film starts at 2.00pm. No admission fee, a small charge for interval refreshments. Library members only. TUESDAY OCTOBER 23 - A LUNCH WITH A DIFFERENCE We are holding A Murder Mystery Lunch at Petit Los Angeles. Solve the clues while enjoying a three-course meal with wine for 17 euros. 1.00 for 1.30pm. Please book at the Treasurer’s desk. Tickets are going faster than you can say ‘who dunnit.’ We welcome visitors to join us during our opening hours Monday and Friday 3pm to 5.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday 10pm to 1pm. Refreshments are served in the garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Discover more about us on Facebook, TripAdvisor and our Website ‘theenglishlibrary.es’. Did you know you can access Facebook through our Website. You will find us at Calle Irlanda 5, Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz. Telephone 922 383098.

INSIDIOUS INTENT VAL McDERMIND

responsible for the death of her lover. She knows he’s dangerous. She knows he’s ruthless. But she’s determined to bring him to justice - even if it kills her. Two cops with pasts that haunt them and a present that could see them both dead. They are about to meet. When they do, it’s payback time.

THE PAYBACK SIMON KERNICK Dennis Milne is a former cop and part-time assassin. He kills the bad guys - people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. Now he’s in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made deadly enemies. DI Tina Boyd is in Manila, hunting down the man

THE DEAD EX JANE CORRY Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness

TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Direct your energy wisely today. Anger will prevail if you expect help from others. Your passionate mood will be well received by your mate. Anger may cause you grief; control your temper and try to sit back and calm down. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to mix business with pleasure while traveling. You will be able to enlist the help of colleagues who believe in your ideas. You may need to make a few alterations to your living arrangements.

You need to concentrate on solving existing problems. Someone you live with is ready to play emotional games. Groups you belong to will not only enjoy your company, but they will also share your interests. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can make adjustments in your domestic scene today. You can make excellent career moves if you are open to the opportunities that exist. Don’t let others know about your private affairs.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)

and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it. What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself? Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old Daniel has disappeared. It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver. Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years’s experience in the Met. Oliver is local: a third-generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back. But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.

Don’t make a move; your confusion has caused this dilemma and you are best to back away and reassess the situation. You can meet new and exciting lovers through work related projects.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

THE LOST MARI HANNAH

A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver’s seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer. Someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice.

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)

Don’t allow your lover to take advantage of your good nature. Do what’s best for the people you love most. Your intellectual charm will entice mates who have common interests.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don’t overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Travel may change your attitudes with regard to your philosophy. Attend seminars that will bring you in contact with the right people.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Arguments with employers or colleagues will be to your detriment. Avoid any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you aren’t careful. Don’t make mountains out of molehills if you want to avoid conflict.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)

TABOO DS431

Education may be the answer. Your temper could be short if someone criticizes your efforts. You will have to check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be beyond your budget. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20)

In 1814 James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) is a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father ’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice and with enemies lurking in every dark corner. James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death.

Don’t be afraid to make a move if you aren’t happy with your emotional situation. Try to do things with children that will enable you to bond closer to them. Your fickle nature may cause jealousy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your creative imagination will help you in coming up with unique ideas. Be discreet about your feelings, and hold back until you find out a little more about the person who’s coming on to you. Your involvement with children will be most rewarding. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Empty promises could be likely where work is concerned. You might want to spend some time by yourself in order to decide exactly how you feel. Use your inventiveness to find solutions.


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Allan McIntyre New Fiesta is fab for UK motorists

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HALLENGERS continue to enter the supermini sector as manufactures battle it out for sales.

But a car that’s probably sat on most driveways in the UK since its launch back in 1976 continues to dominate the sales charts. The Ford Fiesta is a real family favourite and it just keeps going from strength to strength. It’s been a massive trophy winner over the years and the model launched last year is no exception. It was crowned Best Supermini in the Scottish Car of the Year 2017 awards, myself and fellow members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers voting Ford’s little beauty tops just months after its arrival. More trophies have followed – the latest being Auto Express magazine’s Supermini of the Year. Ford has the recipe to keep the Fiesta top of the tree with

the car evolving over the years. The first hot hatch Fiesta arrived in 1981 and this XR2 model was also the first 100mph Fiesta. The range of petrol and diesel engines has got more refined to meet market demands. And that mean there’s a Fiesta for everyone – speed merchants, economy conscious and eco friendly drivers. What’s never changed is the fun factor in what has always been a stylish little model. There are three and fivedoor models with seven trim levels – Style, Zetec, Titanium, ST Line, Vignale and recently arrived ST and Active. I’ve sampled a few of these and my latest test car was an ST-Line X three-door. The ST-Line has the sporty

looks of the ST but with a lot less power – and also a lot less insurance cost. Under the bonnet is a 1.0litre 140PS EcoBoost petrol engine and it was pretty perky. It moves smartly enough out of the blocks with a zero to 62mph time of nine seconds and is capable of 125mph. A slick six-speed manual gearbox ensures it is ideal in town traffic and when out on the open road. It proved nippy gong up and down the gears and didn’t disappoint when cornering at speed. The Fiesta handled well with its sports tuned suspension, and the ride comfort was never too hard. It might not be the fastest in the range but its turn of speed and agility means it is a supermini well worth looking at And it’s easy on the pocket as well with excellent claimed full consumption figures of 56.5mpg combined, 46.3mpg urban and 64.2mpg extra

urban. Its sporty looks, including side skirts, large bodycoloured rear spoiler and rock metallic 17-inch 5x2 spoke alloys, continues inside. This includes ST-Line flatbottomed steering wheel, sports pedals and partial leather sports seats As new technologies came along, Bluetooth was added some years ago followed by lots more high-tech features in the Fiesta. This ST-Line X model had

Ford SYNC 3 navigation with a dash top mounted eight-inch touchscreen DAB radio, emergency assistance, Apple CarPlay and android auto, two USB sockets and six speakers. And driver assist features on a 4.2-inch instrument cluster screen displays traffic sign recognition, auto high beam and driver alert. There’s a host of other top standard features on this model, including stop/start, cruise control, lane keeping alert, speed limiter and rear

privacy glass. You also get halogen projector headlamps with LED day running lights, front fog lamps with cornering lights and LED night signature to rear lights. On-the-road prices start at £13,715 with the ST-Line X three-door costing £19,315. The new Fiesta is proving just as successful for Ford – being the UK’s most popular car with 67,189 models sold in the first eight months of this year.

Routine checks on a car W

E all know that we should carry out routine checks and services on our car but in reality, who does? Well the reality is sadly too few people make even the most minor checks to their car and then are often faced with substantial bills to put things right when we as owners have failed to look after their trusted vehicle. To look at it another way if you have a dog or a cat, you have to feed it( fuel for a car), walk it (drive it with care) , provide drinks (check water levels), shelter (park it safely in a garage or shady area where possible), have routine vaccinations (regular servicing) and make sure its microchipped (ensure the vehicle is in your name and that your address is up to date at DGT) . Well for a car, what do you do....... put petrol or diesel in, occasionally wash it, usually after a calima when you cannot see out of the windscreen! More often than not for most people not a lot else. To ensure that you get the best out of your car you need to “nurture” it. So let’s look at what you should do.

Check Oil and Water. I am sure that almost everyone reading this will be aware that they SHOULD check the levels of the oil and water in their car but don’t. Why should you do this? Well if a car is driven without water, especially in extreme heat that we often

experience here in Tenerife, the engine is likely to seize and stop, thus causing untold damage often with the vehicle requiring potentially a new or refurbished engine, which sadly is not cheap, pistons, water pump, gaskets, head gasket to name but a few items that people may recognize.

rumbling noise when driving or a vibration through the steering wheel which can be an indication of tyre wear and should be checked. The police if they see a car parked with metal showing through they have been known to issue a fine, so beware.

Therefore, it is vitally important that you check the cars oil and water level on a regular basis and if you notice any substantial drop in levels then go to your garage or mechanic for them to assess and check. A simple thing like filling up the water or oil and leaving the cap off or very loose can have catastrophic consequences. Be safe not sorry.

This is something that most people tend to avoid unless they have a brand-new car and its subject to a manufacturer’s warranty where the servicing is integral to the warranty. However, during a routine service, where the oil and filters are normally changed, brakes and tyres are checked, and changed where necessary or an advisory note given on your invoice or verbally (often both). Some of the dangers that occur can be avoided by having this done to your car and the costs are not expensive although services offered differ substantially as the quality of the oil, filters, brake pads and tyres used affects the price paid. Using cheap oil is not recommended as it is too thin to in general doesn’t provide the care and adequate lubrication required of the engine. The handbook for the car will tell you the type and specification of the oil that the engine requires to run efficiently. Not all oils of the same type meet the same specifications.

Tyres

The tyres of your car are very important as they along with the brakes are what will stop your car quickly in the event of an incident or accident. If you have tires that are not correctly fitted or are worn, when you need them most to stop your vehicle they are likely to give up as there will be little or no rubber tread left to grip the road surface. We see many cars with metal showing where the tyres have been used for far too long or were of a very poor quality in the first place when fitted. You may notice a

Regular Servicing


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T’S important to keep an eye on your budgie’s health and check them every day for signs of illness. There are also lots of things you can do to keep your beloved budgie in tip-top health.

It’s really important for all your pets to be registered with a vet including your budgie. Ask your local vet if they’re an avian (bird) vet or if they know one in your area. An avian vet has a special interest in treating birds. They will have the right knowledge and facilities to give your budgie the best health care. Birds hide signs that they’re ill for as long as they can. Look out for any changes in behaviour as these could be an early sign that your bird isn’t well. Sick budgies can go downhill very quickly so if you spot any of these symptoms get to your vet straight away: watery droppings, fluffed up feathers, lack of energy/sleeping more than usual, loss of appetite, drinking much more or less than normal, unusual swellings. loss of feathers, limping or holding one leg up, unusual bleeding, watery eyes or nostrils, overgrown beak or overgrown nails and beak. Some budgies can suffer from overgrown nails, often because they don’t have the right perch to help them wear down naturally. Your vet can trim them for you. If your budgie needs a regular nail trim, your vet can show you how to do it safely. It’s uncommon for budgies to have overgrown beaks. However, if their upper and lower beak doesn’t meet properly the beak won’t wear down properly and can make eating difficult. Your vet can file the beak down.

Preventing problems It’s really upsetting when you beloved pet becomes ill. Luckily, there’s lots of simple steps you can take to help keep your budgie in the best of health. Putting a bird bath in your budgies’ aviary will help them keep their feathers in top condition. This is really important for birds who live indoor because the heating systems in our homes can dry out the air. Budgies love to splash around in their bath. If yours is an indoor budgie, try an enclosed bath so they can splash to their hearts content without making too much mess. You can also try spraying your budgie with lukewarm water from a mist dispenser – lots of budgies love it.

Stopping boredom

Budgies need toys and other objects to keep them busy and stop them getting bored. Things like rope ladders and swing perches are ideal. Make sure they’re zinc-free and safe for birds, as zinc can be toxic for budgies. Mix it up and give your budgie different toys each week. It’ll make playtime more interesting for them and give you a chance to properly clean their toys.

Perfect perch

Your budgies will need a perch or two in their aviary so they can rest safely. The perch you choose can have a big impact on your budgies’ foot health, so it’s important to get it right. Avoid smooth, tube-like surfaces (like the wooden dowelling perches sold with many bird cages) and perches covered with sandpaper. These are bad for your budgies’ feet and could lead

to health problems. A natural branch is best for your budgie. It’ll help the blood circulation in their feet and they can strip the bark with their beak, which is what budgies would do in the wild.

Sociable birds Budgies like to live in groups and need the company of other budgies, so we recommend that your budgie has a friend or two. Ideally, buy your budgies at the same time so they already know each other. It’s best to keep male and female budgies separate so they won’t breed. If your budgies have babies you’ll be responsible for finding the young budgies a new home. That can be a difficult and stressful process. You can tell if your adult budgie is male or female by looking at the fleshy lump at the top of their beak (the cere). It’s blue on males and brown on females.

Indoor flight Budgies are really active birds so you’ll need to give them plenty of space to stretch their wings. Avoid tall, circular cages – they’re too small and don’t give your bird enough room to fly. Instead, we recommend creating an aviary or ‘indoor flight. This is a large cage with plenty of flying space. Tame budgies can fly out of their cage, which is a great form of exercise. Find out more about budgie exercise and diet here.

Feeding time Here’s what vets’ recommend for a balanced budgie diet: Good quality pellet budgie food. We recommend pelleted foods because they contain all the right nutrients in the right

amounts. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the packet and replace any uneaten food every day. Bird grit, which you can buy from pet shops. Budgies can’t chew their food – they don’t have teeth! Grit helps them grind their food in their stomach. Vitamin supplements. Speak to your vet to see what they recommend for your budgie. Water should be available at all times. You can buy a suitable water drinker from pet shops. Clean it every day to keep water fresh and safe to drink. Budgie-friendly fruit and veg You can give your budgie small amounts of these fruits and vegetables. Changing your budgie’s diet suddenly can give them an upset stomach. It’s best to introduce new foods slowly over at least a week. Information courtesy of PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) in the UK.

Vets issue urgent warning over glue

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OG owners are being warned about the dangers of waterproof glues after several cases of pets eating the substance and needing major surgery. Products containing polyurethane, commonly used for home improvements, are water activated and expand to form a strong foam bond between materials like wood, stone and metal. But at least three dogs in the UK have fallen seriously ill after eating the glue which then swelled and formed large obstructions in their stomachs. A warning has now been issued by Veterinary Poisons Information Service, citing three cases which have been reported to the organisation. They include an eightmonth-old cocker spaniel in Suffolk which chewed through a tube of the glue but appeared well until a week later. A solid lump was discovered in its stomach and had to be removed through surgery.

Puncturing a container of the glue causes it to expand on contact with air up to 50 times its original volume, so even a small amount is potentially dangerous if eaten. In the incidents which have been reported, all of the pets went on to make a full recovery. If anyone suspects their pet might have swallowed any glue, they should: Contact their vet straight away. Watch for any signs of obstruction such as retching, vomiting, loss of appetite or a distended stomach. Avoid giving you dog water for at least three hours as it can increase the size of the mass. Once the glue has expanded and set it is no longer dangerous, unless a large lump is eaten.


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The Oriental

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Cafeteria Gourmet Plan B

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Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Inaugurated in 1996 by Queen Sirikit of Thailand, our Oriental restaurant offers Asian style ‘haute cuisine’, which includes a wide range of delicious dishes with the unique flavor of an essential continent within the international gastronomic scene. The menu changes regularly and offers the best of the delicate and tempting, yet sophisticated cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan. The unforgettable experience in El Oriental is also felt though the traditional decor of the restaurant, which reflects both the magic and fineness of Thailand, making this restaurant the ideal place for a perfect dinner.

Just 50 metres from Loro Parque and with beautiful views of the ocean, Brunelli’s Steakhouse is waiting for you to explore the delights of the palate. Inspired in the original American steakhouses, this restaurant is located at the former fisher village of Punta Brava, in northern Tenerife, and offers you the best quality meat – tender, juicy and with an incomparable texture. Flavors like you have never tasted before thanks to a specially controlled maturation and their ‘Southbend’ oven, unique in the Canaries and which cooks the meat at more of 800ºC, highlighting all its properties and making your dinner simply perfect.

For reservations call 922 381 400 Avda. Richard J. Yeoward, 1 Puerto de la Cruz ( Hotel Botánico) www.hotelbotanico.com/service/el-oriental

For reservations call 922 062 600 In front of Loro Parque Puerto de la Cruz www.brunellis.com

“Fantastic food and drink at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for!” is just one of the accolades given to his buzzing bar/cafeteria in Puerto. It is run by owners Umberto and Brian, two Italians with more than 15 years’ experience each in cuisine. They specialise in Italian pizza/foccacia genovez and all the dishes are home-made with the emphasis on healthy food. Nothing is fried. Ön Sundays, there is a buffet brunch from noon to 5pm: juices, pasta, pizza, etc. Their cooking is a fusion between Italian and Canarian cuisine although they also offer a variety of international dishes. They also specialise in cocktails as they have a qualified barman. Gourmet Plan B can also offer you a catering service for events and beautiful occasion cakes (pick-up at restaurant). Find this little gem in La Paz in a quiet area near the “El Mirador”. Open every day from 9am to 10:30 pm, closed on Wednesdays

Edificio Aceviño 12, Puerta 6 La Paz Puerto de la Cruz

II Pappagallo

La Parrilla

Mamma Rosa

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Playa de las Américas

Il Pappagallo restaurant perfectly combines the old art of making pasta dishes and innovative side dishes that will both delight diners. The menu has been entirely renovated to offer diners a modern culinary repertoire that matches our attention and love for details, as well as our passion for excellence. A varied buffet and a great selection of Italian specialties await you in its terrace overlooking the Atlantic, ideal to enjoy unforgettable sunsets and the tranquillity of the night during summer. In addition, our wine cellar houses the best Italian wines, chosen amongst the most traditional wines of the country.

The inmistakable Andalusian style of La Parrilla restaurant carefully decorates an architecture that blends rustic wood elements with southern Spain typical houses – an environment where diners live a gastronomic experience with the hallmark of excellence in restoration. The succulent cuisine with grilled meats, fresh fish and tapas challenge the most discerning palates in an evening paired with the best wines of the Canary Islands and Spanish Peninsula. In addition, our chef offers the freshest market daily. Enjoy the rustic setting and relaxed atmosphere of La Parrilla, which make this restaurant the perfect place for a romantic dinner or an entertaining encounter among friends.

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 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 very extensive fish menu. As with the meat, the restaurant tries where possible to buy local produce and support the islands’ agriculture.

For reservations call 922 381 400 Avda. Richard J. Yeoward, 1 Puerto de la Cruz ( Hotel Botánico) www.hotelbotanico.com/service/il-pappagallo

For reservations call 922 381 400 Avda. Richard J. Yeoward, 1 Puerto de la Cruz ( Hotel Botánico) www.hotelbotanico.com/service/la-parrilla

For reservations call 922 794 819 Avda. Santiago Puig, Apartamentos Colón 2 Playa de la Américas www.mammarosa.com / mammarosa@mammarosa.com


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Santa Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

This iconic restaurant in the heart of Santa Cruz is definitely a place to head for if you enjoy stunning decor and high-end cuisine but at prices you can still afford. The food here is best described as a slice of home-made cooking with the taste and touch of nouvelle cuisine. The emphasis is on quality, freshness and naturalness where the raw product is the star, depending on what is available that day in the market. They offers a special menu for celiac and can help create food for anyone with a specific allergy. Weddings, etc are also catered for and there is always a dish of the day. You will find GOM within the Hotel Taburiente, located in front of Parque García Sanabria. Their opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 13:00 to 16:00 and 20:00 to 23:00.

If you want to seek out a really good Italian restaurant at an affordable price with a lovely terrace, look no further than Tressardi. 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. The desserts like tiramisu and panna cota are to die for! So if you want a good Italian restaurant for a family meal, a romantic dinner, a quick lunch when working or take away, Tressardi is your restaurant. A friendly and homely restaurant that has quality products combining fast food and well elaborated dishes for kids and grown ups. Depending on your choices the price can go higher but an average 15-16 Euros per person is what you can expect.

For reservations call 922 276 058 Calle Dr. Guigou,29 Santa Cruz www.hoteltaburiente.com

Summer times: Monday to Sunday: 13:00 -16:30 pm / 19:00 - 23:30 pm Thursday from 18:00 pm / Wednesday closed For reservations call 922 382 056 Calle Aceviños, La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz

Bar El Pincho

Sook

Restaurante Magnolia

Las Vistas, Los Cristianos

Santa Cruz

At Bar El Pincho you can enjoy good prices, good food, good service and a fantastic view of the ocean. They are winning fans because of the friendly staff you encounter and the delicious Spanish tapas. They have a great offer, a combination of tapas for two for only 9.50 euros. 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. Do try their fantastic cocktails which they always try to improve. Try also the special dishes from the north of the island and the drinks. Reservations can be done between 10:30 to 20:00pm

Summer has arrived and the wonderful SOOK restaurant has devised a refreshing and appetising menu for the hot months. New mouth-watering dishes are home-made salmorejo with extra virgin olive oil, diced Iberian ham and bread croutons, avocado from our islands in tempura, served with sweet chilli sauce and soy, tuna tataki with seaweed salad and caramelised soy sauce and duck breast soft grilled, with papaya chutney. In addition, the air-conditioned restaurant continues to offer its refreshing desserts such as seasonal fruit salad with guava mayonnaise. SOOK is now also opening with its a la carte during the weekend, both for lunch and dinner. The opening times are 13:00 to 15:30 and 20:30 to 23:30 and for your convenience, there is a parking area. You might also like to try the full breakfast buffet open to the public from 7am to 11am from Monday to Sunday. Ideal to start a day of shopping or tourist visit to Santa Cruz. The price is 16 euros per person.

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Very much a Tenerife business success story, Harriet's English Tea Room and Restaurant in Los Cristianos has a very welcome addition to its extensive menu - Sunday lunches for 9.95 euros which are served between 12 noon and 5pm. With a big sunny terrace and beautifully designed interior, this lovely restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the bus station at the San Marino building (ie turn left at the bottom of the bus station and it is 100 yards or so on your left, in premises formerly occupied by the Heritage bar). In addition to the fantastic Sunday roasts, with "proper" roast potatoes, you will find the most gorgeous food, all home-made and great British cooking, including all day breakfasts, mouthwatering cakes, salads, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and rolls, home-made burgers, pancakes, ice-creams, evening meals and numerous varieties of teas and coffees served in china pots and cups. There are also many gluten-free and diabetic options.

For reservations call 922 712 791 Los Cristianos, San Marino building. Open daily from 9am to 11pm. Playa Fañabé,56 Central Commercial. Open 9am to 10pm, closes 5pm Saturday and Sunday

For reservations call 649 431 110 Paseo Las Vistas, Los Cristianos www.barelpincho.com

Avda. 3 de Mayo, 3 Santa Cruz Tel.: 922 294 500 www.hoteles-silken.com

Restaurante Magnolia has come a long way, 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 kitchen is open plan and creates the most wonderful national and international dishes with an extensive menu of fish, shellfish, lamb, steaks, pastas. 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. They are open every day from 13:00 - 16:00 and 19:00 to 23.30.

For reservations call 922 385 614 Avda. Marqués de Villanueva del Prado s/n Puerto de la Cruz www.restaurantemaganolia.com


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Donde Mario

La Bodeguita de Enfrente

Cuesta de la Villa

Cuesta de la Villa

Cuesta de la Villa

A great part of the fun of wining and dining in Tenerife is finding somewhere different and it’s well worth a trip out to Santa Ursula to the warm and inviting Donde Mario. Though from the outside you might easily pass by it, the inside is elegant and captivating. Restaurateur Mario Torres surprises us every day with his extensive use of produce in season, and his unbeatable experience with wines and cookery. Just try his Cherne warm salad, a super-healthy Canarian fish soup, or his Lomo de Vaca Morucha. You will be captivated.

Set in a series of old Canary houses, this restaurant is made up of a labyrinth of inter-connecting rooms leading off from the bar area in the centre. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an English country pub with its low ceilings with wooden beams and warm décor. The food is fundamentally Canarian. They grow most of their own produce at their allotment and only use olive oil to cook with. Their ethos is a simple one, only use the best, fresh produce and cook it with thought and care. The menu is described as Picoteo, slightly more than tapas without reaching the full-blown three-course meal status. It is delicious and affordable. “La Bodeguita de Enfrente” won the “II Gastronomic Awards Cruzcampo Gran Reserva El Día-Mesa Abierta”, which took place last year.

Why not try a touch of “picoteo”, the Spanish-style of eating where, as the name suggests, you pick a selection of dishes and share with your companions. You will find “El Calderito de la Abuela” in Santa Úrsula and it offers a unique and homely atmosphere combining Canary cuisine with modern creativity. In 2016, “El Calderito de la Abuela” won the “Best Canarian Kitchen Restaurant Award” in the first edition of the “El Dia-Mesa Abierta” Awards on July 28th. The exterior of this property belies what you will find inside as it is full of charm and carácter and there is an incredible view of La Orotava valley. “A gem” is how it is described.

For reservations call 922 302 760 Exit 31 TF-5, Carretera Provincial, 205 Cuesta de la Villa, Santa Úrsula www.labodeguitadeenfrente.net

For reservations call 922 301 918 Exit 31 TF-5, Carretera Provincial, 130 Cuesta de la Villa, Santa Úrsula www.elcalderitodelaabuela.net

For reservations call 922 304 585 Exit 31 TF-5, Carretera Provincial, 119 Cuesta de la Villa, Santa Úrsula www.dondemario.net

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CANARY EXHIBITION

Paintings inspired by the sea

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NE of the Canary Islands’ most outstanding painters, Manolo Sánchez is exhibiting his stunning work in Los Cristianos.

His creations inspired by the ocean can be seen in the cultural centre until September 22nd. Manuel Sánchez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1930) is one of the main exponents of art inspired by surroundings, landscapes, smells and colours of the islands. With a wide career, both national and international, his exhibition “El Mar y la Mar” has been organised by Arona council’s department of culture. Manuel Sanchez is a member of the Watercolour Painters of Tenerife, Barcelona and Mexico; of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico and of the Burckhardt of Rome and of the Institute of Canarian Studies. He has also been secretary and president of the Painting Section of the Fine Arts Circle, president of the Association of Canary Watercolourists, guest PUERTO TRIUMPH of honour of the Association of Watercolour Painters of Tarragona and honorary president of the Association of Watercolour Painters Association Catalonia, as well as member and delegate of the International Academy of Watercolour Aldo Raimondi of Rome.

NOVEMBER GALA

Entries sought for Arona’s 13th talent contest

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RONA’S Got Talent and it will be showing just that in November.

The youth department of Arona council has launched the XIII edition of the Young Promises festival, which can be entered by any resident in the Canary Islands aged between 14 and 35 years to show their talent. The gala will be held live on November 10th at the Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos in front of a large audience and a jury. The “Jóvenes Promesas” festival this year celebrates its 13th edition. The event has five categories: modern and Latin dance, dance, solo and musical groups and with two awards, the best original song (for soloists and musical groups) and the best local artist , in any of the categories. To this must be added a single additional prize among all the winners of a casting in a nationwide television contest.

The gala evening in Los Cristianos will start at 9pm with free admission. Head of the youth department of Arona council, Yolanda Mendoza, explained that “with this contest we seek to stimulate the creativity of the young people of the municipality and of the Canar y Islands through art, promoting positive values and trying to serve the platform to their artistic concerns and their talent, with the objective of having an opportunity in a world of difficult access.” In addition to the conditions of age and residence in the Canary Islands, those wishing to participate in Young Promises must complete a request addressed to the Youth Council of the City of Arona and deliver it to the offices of the Citizen Service or send the document to the e-mail address jovenespromesas@arona.org.

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HE Phe Festival held in Puerto de la Cruz over the final weekend of August proved such a success that planning has already started for 2019!

Eighteen national and international artists presented two days of concerts in the esplanade of the dock, complemented on the Thursday by a day of creativity and innovation open to the public. This year, Phe expanded the entertainment offer with more fashion, trends, gastronomy and sport with a skate and BMX track. Foodtrucks, showrooms and a special Makeup & Hair Korner in addition to the Phe Shop added to the attractions.

Culture and the environment also took centrestage with a series of videoconferences on creativity and innovation and a spotlight on recycling. The Phe Festival was reflected in other parts of Puerto with special events and the music spreading through the streets. Added to all this was a collective exhibition of the work of 18 Canarian artists. The Phe Festival is organised and directed by Phenomenal Studio and Imoa

Productions, with the sponsorship of the City Council of Puerto de la Cruz, Government of the Canary Islands, Tenerife Tourism and the Rehabilitation Consortium of Puerto de la Cruz, and with the collaboration of other organisations , entities and companies, such as Heineken, Levi’s and Ecoembes. Organisers said this third edition had been a huge success and they expressed thanks to everyone involved. “This 2018 we have put everything on our part so that it came out perfectly,” said a spokesman. “ We have worked hard to offer the best experience and from the organisation we are grateful

and delighted with the result. We welcome positive comments and we see that our ‘phellowers’ are able to feel the love we dedicate to our project.” “We have achieved record of attendance with respect to previous years, more than 10,000 people have accompanied us this edition, and the repercussion in the digital universe, our networks and in the media, has been incredible.” “We have started working on the edition of Phe Festival 2019 and I can tell you that it will be even better.” Organisers said they would welcome any feedback to help with next year’s event.


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HUMOUR FESTIVAL

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DEJE will be full of humour this September as the municipality once again stresses the importance it places on theatre and the arts.

The third edition of “Muestra del Humor, Adeje, je je” started on September 7th and contines on the 14th, 21st and 28th at the theatre within the cultural centre. The event is being organised by Adeje council through its Department of Creative Development, directed by Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, with the collaboration of Tenerife Performing Arts. “Theatre is very important for Adeje, since we have been promoting it for over 20 years and opening doors to both professional companies and actresses and amateurs,” said Sr. Alonso. Each show is at 8.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at the reception of the centre but they can also be purchased one hour before each function. September 14th will see

NEW COURSES

Los Realejos is once again the star in artistic training

Multitrack “Aarón and Kike” who, based on improvisations, will be aiming to have the audience in stitches. On September 21st, Compañía Doble M will perform the work “My life as a zombie”, a twist to the most critical comedy about the work system. The cast of the work is directed by Nacho Almenar and will be attended by the actors Adrián Rosales, Zebensui Felipe, Vicente Ayala and Carlos Brito. On Friday, September 28th, El Supositorio, which celebrates its 15th anniversary, will close the show with a party in which they want to pay homage to their audience. For this they have prepared a show with the best of their repertoire throughout their years of performing.

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OS Realejos council has allocated 260,000 euros to multidisciplinary training at its Casa de las Artes, headquarters of the Artistic Schools and the School of Music and Dance, with 50 artistic specialties that will involve about 900 students. The town thus becomes one of the municipalities that offers the largest and most varied artistic offer in the northern region of Tenerife, attracting students from all areas, from Monday to Saturday throughout the school year .

Mayor Manuel Domínguez said: “Artistic training in Los Realejos has become a true reference within and outside our territorial boundaries, as witnessed by the data of about 900 students enrolled for the new 2018-2019 course. Some have waiting lists, others still have spaces to offer.” Councillor for cultural promotion, Adolfo González, added: “It is no coincidence that in advance of the beginning of the courses, planned in most disciplines for the end of September and the beginning of October, more than 320 people have already

Join in the “Romeria Amable”

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HUGE CROWD

AN Juan de la Rambla celebrates one of its most anticipated traditions on Saturday, September 15th with the 23rd edition of the “Romeria Amable”.

Thousands of local people and visitors are expected to join in and there will be numerous “carts” showing their hospitality with free wine and food, accompanied by folk groups, music and dancing. Animals will play as much a part as people in the festivities. The anticipated start time is 1pm.

opted for enrolling in their musical and dance education at our school, and more than 500 for some of the disciplines offered by the Royal Art Schools. In addition, we will programme, in a complementary way, special courses of refinement of shorter duration for levels of initiation or advanced in some disciplines.” Courses include dance, photography, cinema, musical instruments, creation of video games, traditional embroidery and culinary creations. Added to these are ceramics, cinema and TV, graphic design, children’s and adult theatre, comics and creative jewellery. For more information on the status of applications or the possibility of enrolling in certain disciplines, interested parties may consult the offer at www.escuelasmunicipales.com, go to the Casa de las Artes, located at Calle San Agustín, number 7, or phone 922.35.35.93 or 682.05.07.79. The School of Music and Dance offers, for example, piano, violin, music and movement for young children, musical language and singing. For more information on the status of applications or possibility of enrolling in certain disciplines. For these, ring 922 35 57 45 or also go to the Casa de las Artes.


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PYGMY HIPPOS

Hip hip hooray! ADELA and MALELA are cute new arrivals at Loro Parque

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ORO Parque has welcomed two new arrivals in the form of Adela and Malela, two pygmy hippos!

Their arrival follows the grand opening of the Zen Garden, a unique submerged garden on the planet, and the recent recognition of TripAdvisor as zoo number # 1 in the world for the second consecutive year. Adela and Malela arrived directly from Germany and the Czech Republic to live in a naturalised installation specially designed for them. In the park, they will act as representatives of their congeners in nature, who face serious problems, above all, for the destruction of their habitat. Both females, they will live in a space that will recreate the marshy areas in which this species lives in nature, with water as the main element. By not sweating, contact with the air dries your skin very quickly, so water is vital to lower the temperature of your bodies and keep them hydrated. The pygmy hippos are vegetarians and they consume mainly leaves, ferns, herbs, roots, fallen fruits and shrubs, as well as semiaquatic plants, which they eat from time to time. Unlike most animals, this species uses the lips instead of the teeth to swallow food. A unique feature of this

species from the African continent is that, unlike common hippos, they do not have their offspring in the water, but rather that the birth takes place on land, and the small ones are able to swim immediately after birth. Without a doubt, the arrival of these two females of pygmy hippopotamus to Loro Parque will allow visitors to discover a magnificent species, in danger of extinction according to the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). Very close to the facility which will host the Pygmy Hippopotamus, visitors will discover a kind of great charisma from Madagascar: the Ring-tailed Lemurs, also in danger of extinction in nature. Family and ver y sociable, belong to a primitive group of primates, which are associated in clans of up to 30 individuals and are usually dominated by females. Unfortunately, the loss of their habitat due to mining, logging and hunting, among other threats that the species has to face in the wild, have caused a population decrease of more than 50 per cent in the last 30 years. Their presence in Loro Parque will

contribute, as well, to the sensitization of the visitors on their compromised situation in Madagascar. Loro Parque, as a centre for wildlife conservation, said it was happy to share these innovative facilities with all its visitors and wanted to reiterate its thanks to its

followers in social networks, for all the messages of support and congratulations to their work ; to the tour operators, for their important commitment to a zoo whose priority is animal welfare; and to all the collaborators of the scientific field, for sharing with the Loro Parque team its

NATURAL HERITAGE

Volcano walk in Guia de Isora H

ERITAGE recovery routes organised by Guia de Isora council are continuing during September.

Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a complete and varied offer of nature and heritage routes put on by by the different departments. September will see the culmination of the programme which started in May. The event on September 9th has already taken place but there is another, the final one, on September 27th. This will focus on the natural values of the municipality, especially the great concentration of volcanoes present in this part of the island. To take part and for full information, see the council website on www.guiadeisora.org or phone 922 850 100.

mission: to protect and conserve animals and their

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Surgical treatment of chalazion

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HE chalazion is a more or less hard abscess following chronic infection of one or some of the glands of Meibomius found in the thickness of the eyelid.

Why operate? Without effective treatment, the lesion may regularly recur in the same gland, extend in the neighbouring glands and invade other surrounding tissue.

The operation The operation is performed while the patient is installed on the back, in a sterile environment, under surgical microscope.

Technique:

The operation involves the total excision of the lesion. The chronological steps of the procedure are: Disinfection, anaesthesia by an injection in the area of the lesion, incision, removal of the abnormal tissue together with a safety area of healthy tissue, sometimes local injection of antibiotic and cortisone drugs, closure with stitches, disinfection and, sometimes, laying of a protective eye pad or eye cup. Depending on the location and size of the lesion, the Eye Doctor decides the type of anaesthesia, closure and postoperative treatment. The total duration of presence in the clinic is approximately 1 hour. The time spent in the operating room is half an hour of which 10 to 20 minutes occur in the operating room. The stitches, if any, are

removed 1 to 4 weeks later. If the lesion has an unusual appearance, an analysis in the laboratory of pathology can be performed to determine its exact nature. It is the patient’s responsibility to contact later the laboratory in order to get the results.

Usual postoperative course The postoperative course is simple and lasts 1 week: slight haematoma, light swelling, mild to moderate pain and redness of the eyelid. Later, discrete to light stitches scars may remain. Complications of the operation Although it is perfectly standardized and followed by good results, this type of operation is no exception to the general rule that there is no surgery without risk. It is not possible for a ophthalmologist surgeon to ensure formally the success of a surgical intervention.

The patient should be aware that

During the anaesthesia and sometimes despite the anaesthesia, during the operation itself, there is a hazard of discomfort and pain. This risk depends on the patient’s responsiveness to the anaesthetic molecule. This risk

is unpredictable. In any local anaesthesia and all surgical procedures, there is a hazard of local complications, bleeding and infection and general intolerance that can lead to a severe shock. The risk of these complications is unpredictable. It is so exceptional that it is impossible to quantify. After any surgery of the skin, there is a hazard of inadequate or excessive scarring, which can lead to unaesthetic scarring. This risk is higher on dark skinned or regularly exposed to sunlight patients. This risk is not quantifiable. After any removal of a chalazion, there is a hazard of recurrence that may lead to further surgery. This risk is unpredictable, unusual and non quantifiable.

What must the patient pay attention to, before, during and after the operation? THE EVE OF THE OPERATION: Any make-up should be removed. The hair and face, especially the eyelids and eyelashes, and the whole body should be washed with shampoo or soap then rinsed generously. The same thorough washing and rinsing should be repeated then the whole body should be dried with a clean towel. The sleep should be done with clean nightclothes and bedding. It is advisable not to take any Aspirin and other blood fluidifying drugs the day before and the day of the operation. Aspirin and other blood fluidifying drugs may be taken the day after the operation. The matter of Aspirin and other blood fluidifying drug should be discussed with the patient’s General Practioner.

THE DAY OF THE OPERATION AND DURING THE WEEK FOLLOWING IT: On the morning of the day of the operation, upon awakening,

any make-up residues should be re-removed carefully. The thorough double shower, as described above, should be repeated. Clean underwear and clothes should be worn. The breakfast and regular medications, except Aspirin and other blood fluidifying drugs, should be taken. All regularly taken medications should be brought to the Eye Clinic. During the operation, the patient is requested to keep calm and strictly follow the instructions given by the Eye Doctor. After the operation, the Eye Doctor prescribes eye drops or eye ointment, to be put on the operated eye, usually during 7 days. The presence of an aiding person is advised during the remainder day of the operation. A little bleeding and swelling (haematoma) of the eyelid should not worry nor keep the patient from following the treatment. In case of pain, one to three Paracetamol tablets per day, for up to three days, may be taken. It is, as always, strongly advised not to rub the eyes. If a protective eye-pad is placed on the eye, it should be kept throughout night sleep or nap. The plasters should be changed after each application of ointment. The plasters stick best on a skin previously washed with soap or a gently rubbed with an alcoholic perfume. Visual activities, professional and of leisure, are allowed as long as dirt and dust do not reach the eye. Wearing sunglasses is, as always, advisable when exposed to sunlight. The patient should contact the eye doctor immediately in case of: Breathing difficulties, general malaise, fever, persistent bleeding or continued strong pain lasting more than 2 hours.


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WINNING FORMULA FOR ARTEDENTAL

Tenerife aims to position itself as a destination for medical tourism in Europe

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N September 3rd, the National Statistics Institute of Spain (INE) published the data of foreign tourists who visited the country in the month of July.

That month, visits had dropped by 5.6 per cent in the Canary Islands compared to the same month of 2017. This reduction was expected in the sector. First, the recover y of tourist destinations in North Africa, such as Tunisia or Egypt; and secondly, because Spain is betting on higher quality tourism, with higher spending but fewer visitors, according to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto. However, hoteliers know that this is not good news. And even more so in a place where tourism occupies its greatest source of income. This decrease is the worst recorded since 2010, when the ashes of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjalla paralysed air traffic. The Canary Islands, one of the main holiday destinations in Europe, has been working for a long time to give a twist to the tourism concept and one of the bets over the last few years has been medical tourism. It would be something like returning to the origins as it was in the XIX century when the islands began to receive British visitors of the upper class who came to treat respirator y or rheumatic diseases, attracted by the climate of the islands, the sea and its effects on health. Hence the first sanatorium hotels in the Canary Islands. The first, in Puerto de la Cruz. In the 20th century, sun and beach tourism has already been established, developing into today’s current mass model. The new model chooses to combine the first category of sanitary facilities with the facilities in tourist infrastructures that the Canary Islands already have. As cited by the Minister of Tourism in 2006, Alberto

Bernabé, on Tenerife, “its two international airports with some 200 direct connections to cities on the Peninsula, Europe and the world, or a cruise port that receives more than half a million passengers at year, are some of the arguments that provide great strength as a medical tourism destination, “as well as” one of the most complete four and five star hotel facilities in Europe “. WhatClinic, one of the bestknown international clinical search engines and based in Ireland, includes specialties such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, physiotherapy and fertility among the most sought after. Precisely on this page you can find the services of Artedental clinic, of Puerto de la Cruz, whose specialty is dental implants. The centre, whose business volume is mainly focused on foreign patients, understands that there are some basic elements that any clinic should offer a patient from the United Kingdom or Germany: First class facilities, state-of-the-art technology and a polyglot team

able to understand perfectly the needs of a patient who leaves his country of origin to be treated in a foreign destination. In addition, they know that the price plays an important role. More than 60 per cent of those who seek to be treated outside do so for an economic issue, because these treatments can cost half or even

a third of their original countries. “If we add this to the fact that we are located in one of the areas with the greatest vacation demand in the islands, Puerto de la Cruz, the combination of dental treatment and rest breaks becomes a winning formula in health tourism,” explains Amaya Sáez, manager of

Artedental. The medical tourism bill in Spain amounts to about 500 million euros a year and the archipelago is positioned as second place destination of medical tourism, according to SpainCares, the public platform created by the Government to promote this model. With regard to the origin of

visitors to the islands, the latest data from the INE does not offer surprises. The main tourists came from the United Kingdom, with 39 per cent of the total; followed by the Germans, with 20.7 per cent of the total. Hence, medical tourism focuses on these two countries, although France and Russia are also in the focus of this new commitment.


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El Medano gets new beaconing for aquatic sports

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RANADILLA council has produced informative videos under the slogan “El Medano, a beach for all”aimed at the population and visitors in general in which the pioneering project of beaconing for the practice of aquatic sports is explained. This initiative was presented by the first deputy mayor and councillor of environment, Marcos González; councillor of tourism for Tenerife Cabildo, Alberto Bernabé and local councillor for tourism, María Candelaria Rodríguez. Sr. Gonzalez explained that the maritime beacon field from the beaches of El Medano, Leocadio Machado and Los Balos has been funded by the Cabildo, through the Ministry of Tourism, with an investment of more than 127,000 euros and the drafting of the project has been carried out by the council. He said that the audiovisual material aims to convey a clear, direct and attractive message to the public which makes this part of the Granadilla coast the only place in Spain where the different types of water sports come together. María Candelaria Rodríguez said El Médano has climatic and orographic conditions that make it an ideal place to practice water sports, being a benchmark destination in this sense and to host top level competitions. All this, and the great influx of sportsmen and women at sea and bathers, can cause a risk to safety, so the island and municipal administrations have developed a project to delimit the recreational initiatives that are carried out in the littoral and make

compatible the different uses. There are four zones delimited by buoys which divide the space for each activity. The first is the actual 59,000 square metre swimming area that corresponds to the large beach, and then there is the delimitation from left to right of the three remaining areas for sports practices, depending on the level of risk, and from the beaches from Leocadio Machado to Los Balos: bodyboard-surf, with a corridor of 4,350 square metres; the access to the sea of windsurfing of 19,000 square metres and that of kitesurfing; the latter is larger and perhaps the most complex, due to the type of apparatus they use. This project also contemplates special attention and guarantees a wall of environmental impact in the area of the Special Natural Reserve of Montaña Roja and the recognised habitat of the sebadales. The informative videos will be published in different digital and audiovisual platforms and explain the sanctions for committing minor infractions (up to 300 euros fine); serious (between 300 and 1,000 euros) and very serious (from 1,000 to 3,000 euros). The council has asked for the public’s help to make the new system work.

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Santa Cruz Extreme offers new challenge for disabled athletes S

ANTA CRUZ Extreme is to host an international race for competitors using all-terrain adapted sports chairs.

The test, which will be held next to the other distances on October 21st, will have its exit in the district of Catalanes and end in Muelle Norte. The Santa Cruz Extreme trail is already the main event of the capital with the mountain races in the Anaga Rural Park. Now, it incorporates the I International Racing Championship with Joëlette to its programme, a reserved competition for athletes who act as pilots of the passenger of the special adapted wheelchair, who must prove their condition as a person with reduced mobility. This initiative is possible thanks to the collaboration of the group Montaña Para Todos, which allows the competition to be inclusive and opens a new possibility for those who have not been able to participate in this modality until now. Seventh deputy Mayor and councillor for the environment, Carlos Correa, explains that “allowing sport for all is an absolute objective and, on this occasion, we incorporate this modality to the Santa Cruz Extreme with the aim of fulfilling the wish of many people. We intend that this test becomes a national reference in the management and competitions with the adapted Joëlette type chairs.”

To achieve this purpose, the organisation will use the last section of the Santa Cruz Extreme, specifically the 8.25 kilometres that go from the village of Catalanes to the finish line of Muelle Norte. Initially, a recently built track that ascends to the La Fortaleza area will be used, where participants will join the TF PR2 path in the direction of Valleseco. Then, through the promenade, they will reach the goal installed in Muelle Norte. Those interested in participating, up to a maximum of 20 teams, should send an email to the Mountain For All Association at info@mptodos.org. This group has enabled, for more infor-mation, phones 922 282 570 and 697 313 799. The I International Mountain Racing Championship with

Joëlette Santa Cruz Extreme will be played under the chrono mode. The organisation will establish a starting order by lottery of all the participants, who will be giving the start with at least five minutes of separation between them. The teams will be formed by four pilots and one passenger, who must prove their reduced mobility status and be over 14 years of age. Minors who participate must present the consent of the person exercising parental authority. The Santa Cruz Extreme will run in the distances of 13.5 kilometres (Initiation category), 25.8 kilometres (Half Mara-thon) and 49.2 kilometres (Marathon). This last test, which will serve as the stage for the Canary Mountain Racing Cup, has a positive slope of 3,860 metres

(total ascension) and, counting the descents, totals an accumulated of 7,750 metres. The Half Marathon, meanwhile, has a total ascent of 1,608 metres and the Initiation test will have a positive elevation difference of 670 metres. The inscriptions, until the 1,000 available places are full, can be done on web page www.festivalsantacruzextreme.com The Santa Cruz Extreme is a sporting event promoted by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, with the coordination of the Sports and Environment areas, and executed by the Santa Cruz Sostenible Foundation. This year’s edition is sponsored by Turismo de Tenerife, Emmasa Foundation, Seat Motor 7 Islas, La Fast and Hotel Silken


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Esther and Rayco win the Guia de Isora triathlon

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EVEN thousand users have been enjoying the programme of summer sports activities in Arona.

Swimming was once again the most demanded activity, with about 5,000 followers. Most of the activities came to a close in August. They included mini courses of sailing, rock climbing, swimming, physical activity for adults and seniors, calisthenics and golf courses. The objective of this programme has been to occupy the leisure time of the population, performing physical activity in more suitable environments for the summer period. Undoubtedly the most demanded activity of the summer has been the swimming courses that take place in the municipal swimming pool of the Jesús Domínguez “Grillo” complex of Los Cristianos and where, since July, some 5,000

children, young people and elderly, have been looked after by 30 specialised monitors. Swimming will continue in September until September 21st in the afternoon. Another highlight were the golf courses at Golf Los Palos which concluded with the third edition of the Arona competition. Winner in the modality of Handicap was Javier Sabaris followed by Eduardo Galera, in this same style, the first females were María Velázquez and Silvia Aza. As for the Scratch mode, the winner was Kral Gnadlinger followed by Mario Rodriguez. Sports councillor for Arona, Juan Sebastián Roque said they were very pleased with the success of the summer programme and work had already started on planning the winter events.

STHER Hernández and Rayco Marrero were the winners of the IV Sprint Guía de Isora Triathlon held in Playa San Juan and on the TF-463 to Guía de Isora. The test included three circuits: the first of 750 metres of swimming; the second of cycling with 18 kilometres (nine of ascent and nine of descent); and the third of five kilometres of running. The absolute male winner, Rayco Marrero, spent just over an hour completing the three circuits (1:06:49). The second and third place of the men’s ranking were Juan Luis Diaz Barroso (1: 07: 253) and Pavel Castro (1:09:15). The women’s champion, Esther Hernandez, was ranked 81st overall with a time of 1:28:45. Next to her in the women’s absolute podium were Noelia Brito Gil (1:33:20) and Elena Pérez Pérez (1:33:33), in the second and third place respectively.

The best times of local sportsmen were by Gastón Toledano (fourth overall with 1:10:22) and Zulay Mendoza Reyes (125th with 1:38:18). Of the total of 174 registered, 158 triathletes completed the three circuits and crossed the finish line. Guía de Isora council’s sports department and the collaborating clubs (Club Ciclista

Chineje, Swim Club Isora Swim, Tenerife Corre-Tágara Trail and Santisora) would like to thank all the volunteer staff, Red Cross, AEA , Civil Protection of Santiago del Teide, Local Police Guía de Isora, Club La Tixera, Guía de Isora Fire Brigade, Nautical Activities of Tenerife and all companies and entities sponsoring the event (Opticalia,

Sport on the beach for La Laguna women

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OMEN in La Laguna are being urged to take part in a new beach activity programme which encourages them to get fit and meet new friends. “Mujeres a la Playa” started in June and the second part of the successful project got underway on September 3rd. It will now continue until November. Councillor for social welfare and quality of life,

Flora Marrero said the aim was to improve the quality of life of the people who participate, creating an outdoor activity, related to physical and social exercise, as well as enhancing communication, coexistence and interpersonal relationships

in the face of problems of loneliness and isolation. Directed at the female population of the municipality from the age of 55, they have a support service with four monitors: two sports monitors and two leisure and free time monitors. Sessions are held Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 12.30pm on the beach of Las

Servigas, Dulceria Isora, Manchisora Services, Kenya Shoe store, Fisiocycling, Surpan, Guía de Isora Occupational Centre, Integral Services Adeje S. L, Hortofrutícola El Roque, Sport Swell, Arona Embroider y, AHEMBO, TFOG Canar y Islands, Fishermen’s Association Our Lady of Light and COAGISORA Cooperative).

PROGRAMME EXTENDED Teresitas and in which 1,200 women from all the districts and towns of the municipality participate. The sports activities offered will take place in the arena; in the water, there are various games of coordination and aquatic gymnastics, as well as workshops of leisure and free time, such as crafts, laughter therapy, board games, etc.


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Canary housing department to help thousands with rent loans T HE housing department of the Canary Government is processing around 15,000 applications for rental assistance.

The loan, which amounts to 17.5 million euros, is, according to the Deputy Minister of Social Policies and Housing, Francisco Candil, “a historical budget that will help thousands of families with few resources.” The records and the electronic headquarters of the Canarian Housing Institute have received 10,649 applications, once the deadline established in the call for aid for rent has been closed in two modalities, general and for minors under 35 years of age. The director of the Canary Institute of Housing, Pino de León, stressed his satisfaction with “the response of citizens and the development of the call” and highlighted the work “ICV staff”. The ICV expects another 4,000 or 5,000 more, which were presented through the diversification of headquarters and institutions, such as Correos, the different registries of the Canar y Islands Government, town councils, island councils, the subdelegations of the Government

and the Island Directorates in the islands. The data was provided by the Deputy Minister of Social Policies and Housing, Francisco Candil and the director of the Canary Institute of Housing, Pino de Léon, in a press call to explain the entire process that has been carried out around the biannual application of aid to the rent of the Government of the Canary Islands. “This is a call with a loan amounting to 17.5 million euros, a historic budget that

will help thousands of families with limited resources at a time when the rental market is on the rise,” said Sr. Candil. By islands, the number of applications is as follows: in Gran Canaria 2963; Tenerife, 2844; Lanzarote 662; Fuerteventura 575 and La Palma 435, which are the islands in which the ICV has an office. As for El Hierro and La Gomera, “we will have to wait for the applications delivered in the registers of the different administrations authorised for this to

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Attractive one bedroom apartment with lounge/dining room, fitted kitchen, bathroom, terrace and garage space. Furniture included. Heated community pool and lifts. 179.000 Euros

Balcon de Los Gigantes Puerto Santiago Superb two bedroom apartment with living room, fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, bathroom, shower room, fully furnished & large terrace with beautiful views. Community pools & lifts. Garage space included. 175.000 €


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Fantastically positioned apartment in the complex of Tamara in central Los Gigantes. Based 695,000 on the middle floor of block D in the complex, this property comprises of one double bedroom, one bathroom, lounge and open plan kitchen with breakfast bar. Great size terrace accessible from the lounge, offering wonderful views of the sea, cliffs and community pool. An additional terrace area to the front of the apartment benefiting from morning sunshine. Complex with two communal swimming pools and gardens.

Fully refurbished apartment situated in the small community of Sol y Mar in central Los Gigantes. Based on street level this property offers easy access with no steps and comprises of one double bedroom, one bathroom, lounge and open plan kitchen with breakfast bar. Great sized terrace with wonderful sea views also benefiting from winter sunshine. Completely refurbished. Centrally located within walking distance to all local amenities. Must be seen.

Well presented apartment situated in the complex of California in the Urbanization of San Francisco just outside Los Gigantes. Based on the ground floor this property is very spacious and offers easy access. Comprising of one double bedroom, one bathroom, lounge and open plan kitchen this property is also pleasantly furnished. Great sized terrace with views of the communal swimming pool area. Garage included.

REDUCED, Well presented apartment situated in the complex of Sansofe Puerto in Puerto Santiago. Based on the first floor this apartment offers one double bedroom, one bathroom, lounge and kitchen with breakfast bar. There are two terraces with this property, one to the rear of the property which offers privacy and one to the front of the apartment offering sunshine. The complex is extremely well maintained with two heated swimming pools and gardens. Centrally located within walking distance to all local amenities.

Refurbished apartment situated in the complex of Edificio Proyco in Playa De La Arena. Based on the first floor this property comprises of two bedrooms, one shower room, lounge and an open plan kitchen. Balcony with views of the area and partial sea views. Residential complex with lift. Centrally located close to all local amenities.

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Good sized apartment situated in the complex of Hibisco I in Los Gigantes. Fully refurbished, this apartment comprises of two double bedrooms, two bathrooms one of which is an en suite, lounge and open plan kitchen. The rear balcony is accessible from the second bedroom and the main terrace is to the front of the property offering views of the area and partial sea views. Close to all local amenities. Must be seen. Communal swimming pool.

Well presented apartment situated in the central community of Bamboo Court, next to the church square in Los Gigantes. Based on the first floor this property comprises of two bedrooms, one refurbished bathroom, refurbished kitchen and lounge. Both the lounge and master bedroom have access to balconies with views of the communal garden areas. Tranquil location. Close to all local amenities.

Spacious, air conditioned, one bedroom apartment situated in the touristic complex of El Marques Palace. Based on the third floor this property comprises of one double bedroom, one bathroom, lounge and separate kitchen. Terrace accessible from both the lounge and bedroom. All afternoon sunshine. Wonderful sea views. Extremely well maintained complex with heated pool, bar, 24hr reception and security. Lift to all floors.

A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment situated in the complex Poblado Marinero in the Los Gigantes harbour. Based on the second floor this apartment has been very well maintained. The terrace is based to the rear of the property with access from the living area and offers views of the internal areas of the complex. The complex is well maintained and although the complex does not include a communal swimming pool the beach and two sports centres are situated within walking distance.

A well presented apartment situated in the complex of Balcon De Los Gigantes in Puerto Santiago. Based on the third floor of phase one this property comprises two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, one of which is an en suite, lounge and a separate kitchen with breakfast bar. The terrace is accessible from the lounge and also the main bedroom and offers views of the internal area of the complex over the communal swimming pool and also partial cliff views. The complex is well maintained with lift, secure access and pools.


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