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Adeje volunteer Bomberos hold charity Oktoberfest on 3 October to raise funds for new fire engine

photo: Adeje Bomberos Adeje’s voluntary Fire Brigade association is holding an Oktoberfest which they hope will be a fun day as well as raising funds to buy a new fire engine. It’s a brilliant cause for these literally heroic volunteers. The event has a Facebook page HERE, and the association itself has a page HERE. The Oktoberfest is being held from midday on Saturday, 3 October, at the fire station just below the motorway…

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Forest fire drill tomorrow near Vilaflor

Granadilla Ayuntamiento has announced a fire drill tomorrow between 10am and 2pm in the forested Madre del Agua area at the top of the municipality. This is very near to Vilaflor, so anyone seeing smoke in that area tomorrow morning does not need to be concerned because it will almost certainly be part of the exercise.  

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Elderly German critically ill after nearly drowning at El Médano

A 73-year-old German nearly drowned shortly after 9.30am this morning at Playa de la Tejita, El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out by members of the public who had pulled the man unconscious from the water and he appeared to be in cardiac arrest. Paramedics confirmed this when they arrived, but managed to resuscitate him on the beach, and once they had managed to stabilize him, transferred him to…

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Police catch copper wiring gang responsible for plunging several south Tenerife areas into darkness

There was a time not so many moons ago that Palm Mar was plunged into darkness because the lighting system had been ruined by thieves stripping its copper wiring for sale to scrap merchants. It was not the only area that suffered like this, either. Police say that these days, copper robberies are a slick organized crime, a far cry from the occasional stripping of the odd street lamp by someone…

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Guía de Isora Arts & Craft Fair Sunday, 13 September

Update 2 September: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento says that there will be some 50 artisans from a range of disciplines demonstrating and selling their arts and crafts in the fair on Sunday 13th. In addition there will be more than ten stalls dedicated to traditional foods, as well as a farmer’s market section, and the usual classic cars demonstration, and traditional music and performances.  This has always been a great day out, and…

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Unemployment figures 2015

Update 2 September: August’s figures show a further drop in unemployment in the Canaries. The latest analysis issued by the Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social shows that the number of people registered as unemployed last month in these islands fell by 1,257 from July, down 0.52%. In interannual terms, the figures for the out of work dropped by 24,019, down 9.01% compared with August 2014. There are now 242,649 registered unemployed in the Canaries. Nationally, despite…

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Siam Mall

photo: Janet Anscombe Update 1 September: Siam Mall has announced a new free bus timetable for September, at least for one of its two routes. The other has been “temporarily suspended”. The new timetable is: Update 29 August: Siam Mall has announced that H&M will be opening at 11am, Thursday 10 September. The store will include Tenerife’s first H&M Home department. Update 22 July: Siam Mall has announced that from today there will be two…

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Guachinches to become a brand to ensure quality and control

Jesus Morales Martinez and Jose Diaz Flores. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo. It was almost exactly two years ago that the Canarian Government passed legislation regulating guachinches. The law was designed to control the proliferation of rural establishments which claimed to offer home-grown produce but which had really bought in supplies cheaply to entice those who wanted an authentic experience (see HERE). Many will be unsurprised that the measure didn’t work, not least because the plaque…

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Canarian oil prospecting off eastern islands, cont’d.

This is the continuation thread on oil prosecting in the Canaries. Earlier posts, from February 2012 to August 2014, which I’ve split for ease of management, are HERE. Update 1 September: And now that really is it. Repsol has confirmed that although its licences to drill have not yet expired, it will not return to the Canaries. Canarian president Fernando Clavijo said that it was good to hear that the matter was now,…

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