Podemos – “we can” … and they have! Tenerife to have Animal Protection and Welfare Board

The Tenerife Cabildo has approved a proposal submitted by the political party Podemos to create a Tenerife Animal Protection and Welfare Board. The approved proposal includes detailed protocols for action, and wide-ranging participation, and above all the means to standardise animal regulations across Ayuntamientos and Cabildo, and on up to the regional Government. The new board will encompass animals of all sorts and their usage – pets, hunting dogs, potentially dangerous animals, exotic and even invasive species,…

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Cooler weather, at last!

At last, the calima and muggy humidity of the past few days has gone, replaced again by the “alisios”, the trade winds which have come from the north, bringing cool air and some misty cloud. The weather had been the result of a mass of hot African air coming from the south, so a “scirocco” technically, rather than a calima, meeting the “Azores depression” in the Atlantic to our north west,…

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IGTM 2015: international golf’s most important trade fair showcasing Tenerife as a leading European golf destination

Update 5 October: The IGTM is underway today, with Tenerife transformed into the international capital of the golf industry. Tenerife president Carlos Alonso indicated that hosting the event has been a logistical challenge that is hugely important for the island given the enormous international repercussions of a fair of this size. Alonso said that Tenerife would continue not only to increase the number of summer golf tourists but also to capture new markets. Canarian Government Tourism, Culture and Sports…

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Professional free-diving course from Adeje Ayuntamiento with Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari. Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento Adeje’s municipal school of aquatic activities, base for the Apnea Academy West Europre Centre in la Caleta, will host a free-diving course for professionals led by Umberto Pelizzari. This is the third consecutive year that the Italian diver, widely considered among the best in the discipline, with world records in all branches of free-diving, will lead the course which runs until 11 October. According to Adeje…

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Police warn about increasing number of fake offers, discounts and promotions

Update 4 October: Police say that these sort of fake offers, discounts and promotions are increasing, with the latest supposedly from Zara, H&M and IKEA. Naturally many will automatically assume they’re suspect, but for anyone in doubt, police advise deleting them, and certainly not opening or answering them. Original post 19 August: A fake Mercadona “offer” has now gone viral. I heard about it some time ago but thought it was a…

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Guardia Civil officers save life of swimmer off Candelaria

Two Guardia Civil officers saved the life of a 24-year-old Candelaria man shortly after midnight last night after he got into difficulties in the water near the Basilica. Police say that emergency services received reports that the bather was in trouble and it was a Guardia Civil patrol who got to the spot first. They found the man struggling some 100m out to sea and one of the pair, a strong…

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Unemployment figures 2015

Update 2 October: The Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social has released September’s unemployment figures and again they show a drop for the Canaries, with 336 fewer out of work (-0.14%) compared with August, and in interannual terms, 24,324 fewer than September 2014 (-9.12%). There are now 242,313 registered unemployed in these islands. Although the figures have gone down for the region, the situation is slightly more complicated at provincial level, with the western…

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Tenerife public works projects fall victim to regional Government’s lack of funds

Money’s tight. Despite the “recovery”, the Canarian Government doesn’t have the funds for a whole raft of projects, some of which have already cost millions to draw up, e.g. the southern train project (link). Regional public projects minister Ornella Chacón has told a parliamentary committee that the money just isn’t there, and that the train would not get regional funding, nor, at least at present, could the final section of the TF1 extension…

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Elderly Italian swimmer drowns at Las Galletas

A 71-year-old Italian woman drowned on Wednesday while swimming at Las Galletas. Her body was spotted floating in the sea around 4.30pm by the occupants of a boat, who took her into to Las Galletas harbour where she was delivered to the judicial authorities. An autopsy is being carried out.

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